Decorating Transit Areas
When decorating a house we usually concentrate our efforts on rooms like the living room, the kitchen or bedrooms. These are indeed the rooms where we spend most of our time and they do deserve our attention.
Nonetheless, decorating the areas of transit of the house (entrance halls, stairways, and corridors) will add a lot of character to a home decor. Tasteful decorations in these areas facilitate the transition from one room atmosphere to another room style and liven-up your spirit!
Even if we do not spend much time in this room, the entrance hall is one of the key areas of the house: the place where we come into and exit the house, the area where we greet and welcome friends and visiting family members.
Creating a warm and welcoming decor should therefore be the main objective when arranging an entrance hall. Do you feel at home as soon as you enter your house? Do your visitors feel welcome?
Uncluttered space enhances the feelings of calm and breaks the hustle and bustle of urban life. Beginning to feel more relaxed? You are home!
Warm colors will invite your guests to come in, and represent the joy you have in welcoming them. Also, style the area with a few chosen accents which reveal your tastes and personality. It is your home indeed!
Stairways are another key transit area in your house. Though for many years stairways were considered only in purely practical terms, contemporary home decorating trends offer a variety of options to choose from.
Go beyond simple functionalism, use colors, works of art, plants. The bottom of the stairs and their halfway point are perfect to display a painting or sculpture, if you have more space. Or stage your favorite family picture along the walls coming up to the first floor.
Corridors are often neglected when decorating a house. True, we do not spend much time in these areas, mostly just passing through, going from one room to another room. But how many times per day do we go through those passageways?
Keeping in mind that their main purpose is to connect the different parts of the interior of the house, do not create obstacles with too much furniture. Display works of art and sculptures, and arrange design accents on small shelves or consoles. Most importantly, use sconces to light up the walls, there is nothing more depressing than gloomy corridors!
You feel that some of your rooms are too cluttered? Try to take out some furniture and place it in the corridors. Choose long tables or consoles and give them a new life with runners, pictures or ceramic vessels. Voila!
About the Author: Damien Pfirsch is the editor of http://www.asiannoouveau.com, an online platform promoting modern Asian designers and exporters of Asian inspired home accents and furniture. Based in Bangkok, Thailand, the website unveils the latest trends in Asian decor to wholesalers and retailers looking for unique creations to enrich their assortments.