The arteries of your house, the connecting spaces should receive all the respect normally accorded to individual rooms. They not only welcome you but also serve to attract you to rooms beyond. The lobby, stairs, landings and corridors of a house have a central role to play and it is through the frame that they form that you will see all the other rooms. Often characterized by their average proportions, irregular shape and lack of light, these areas require special attention if they are to become practical spaces.
The first consideration of the designer should be the actual structure surrounding the space. By highlighting all the features that are perfectly proportioned or well balanced, you can bring a sense of symmetry to what is often a rather disorganized field.
Maybe the ground has a regular outline: this could be emphasized by giving the chosen floor treatment a contrasting color border. Alternatively, if the ceiling height is favorable, an attractive cornice or border could be introduced to enhance the line where the ceiling meets the wall.
Bold treatment at a beautiful window has a similar effect. You can hide less pleasant features by reducing their details or painting them (that is, the same color as their background). If the zone contains absolutely no recovery functionality, you may want to consider creating a blank canvas. of the same color on all surfaces, then applying specific points of interest on the walls (with pictures) or on the floor (with rugs) or by introducing interesting loose furniture.
It is important to establish a focal point in each area – something pleasant for the eye to rest on. It can work from a beautiful fireplace, from an image that creates an impact, from a well proportioned window or from an amazing carpet. Whatever it is, make sure that it is well positioned and given a real treatment of the stars with the help of some thoughtfully designed lighting.
When it comes to choosing color schemes for these transition spaces, people tend to turn to mid-range faded colors and, due to the sometimes limited space, models strong are avoided. But the reverse approach often produces the most successful results. A bold patterned rug, for example, can add a lot of drama and excitement to what could be a very devoid of character, and because people are just crossing the room, there's little risk to get tired.
Because these spaces clash – the corridor leading to the staircase and the staircase leading to a landing, and so on. – It is important to establish strong links between each one's schemas. Laying the same rug through these connection areas is a great way to give your home a sense of unity.
The only limitations to take into account are the effect of intense traffic on the chosen colors and the possibility of conflicts with individual patterns.
When light is limited, you have two choices: either to fight for light (using reflective surfaces, light colors, and mirrors) or, more unusually, to accept the darkness and play it. By painting such a beautiful area of a rich dark color and incorporating some smart lighting effects, you can sometimes produce a magical effect.
Because there may be less distracting eye in these communicating spaces, attention to detail becomes paramount. Door handles and paneling, architraves and cornices, light switches and socket plates deserve all your attention.