Makeover: Embracing Neutrals in the hallway

November 14, 2018

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Just a quick post today, as I wanted to show you the update I’ve made to our hallway recently. I haven’t broken the wheel up here, or anything like it, but we have had a subtle colour change and a mix up of wall decoration. When I made over the hallway in September ‘17 there were so many things I was delighted with – the painted stairs, the colour wall, the beautiful sideboard from Maisons du Monde, the Scandi accessories and the plywood pieces by MADE on the walls. But, and it was a hard one to admit, I had chosen the wrong colour for the main walls. Don’t misinterpret me here, I love peach and I was really keen on the particular shade I chose, but it was one of those decorating decisions that I think we are all guilty of from time to time, where you choose something you love without giving consideration to the space you’re putting it in. This shade could look so lovely in a contained space, particularly in a kitchen to my mind, but in a hallway it felt too bouncy, too attention grabbing and when the light occasionally hit it (in our usually dark hallway) I felt all kinds of regret!

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Now, I sometimes think, particularly on Instagram, that it can look like us interiors bloggers are forever redecorating and changing rooms, like we have upteen hours of time on our hands to fill with new paint, new pieces and new styling. I’m really conscious that this can look irritating, unrelateable and more than a little wasteful – no matter how many dis-guarded pieces go to goodwill etc. So, I left this space for a year, knowing it didn’t feel quite right and wondering if it would grow on me. It didn’t, but I didn’t want to throw the baby out with the bath water, there were still so many things I absolutely loved up here.

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So last month I embarked on a mini refresh. There’s a new shelf, some new art and new paint, but that’s it. It’s amazing how different a space can feel with a few tweaks. Paint is always the most accessible and transformative thing you can do in a home. I changed the paint colour to a timeless classic called Joas White by Farrow & Ball which sits somewhere within the spectrum of warm neutrals, it has a softness with just a hint of grey to stop it from feeling too candyfloss. I love how this shade sits on the walls here, it’s completely unobtrusive but crucially it injects just enough interest not to feel flat or boring.

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I kept my much loved colour wall as I am still so pleased with how much interest a few well placed lines of washi tape can achieve! AND I have also kept the peach paint I originally decorated with on a small slither of wall on one side of the bedroom door. As I said earlier, I do love this shade, it just wasn’t right as a central colour, and as this small section of wall falls on the other side of the door to the colour wall I felt it didn’t create a disjuncture for the eye.

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As I’ve possibly mentioned several hundred times on here, I love natural history, it’s one of the signature elements I return to again and again. Having bought the scissor coat hook from One Must Dash in our last flat, there was a print which had been on my wish list from this lovely graphic design company, who make beautiful prints from their Brighton workshop, ever since. It was just a case of finding the perfect spot for it. And the hallway is definitely the said perfect spot, cow parsley is one of my very favourite flowers so to have this skeletal floral print entitled ‘I Do, I Do, I Do’ of one is perfect for our home. Alongside this I also asked One Must Dash for one of their Abstract Body graphic print which looks perfect in the hall as a counterbalance to the lighter elements. 

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Alongside the I Do, I Do, I Do cow parsley print I have added a small metal shelf painted in one of Farrow & Ball’s new colours Jitney, this is decorated with a few simple Scandi objects and some dried fennel from the garden which mirrors the main print on this wall.

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So simple, but eh voila, a few licks of paint and a small scale restyle and the space feels fresh and new, and just how I want it to. What do you think? I’d love to hear in the comments below.

All Images: Design Soda.

The Paint and prints used in this piece were kindly gifted after I approached the brands who produce therm. As ever, I only work with brands that I love and all opinions are honest and my own. 

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2 thoughts on “Makeover: Embracing Neutrals in the hallway

  1. Donna Ford

    Lovely Ruth! I’m a lover of dark rooms and colour but went very neutral in my landing/hall and really feel it needed a lift. Put some brighter artwork in but loads of ideas here like shelves etc. Thanks!

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