Botanical Influences in an Entrance Hallway

In my post ‘Our Hallway – The Inspiration’ I showed you our hallway when we moved in.  It was in quite a state!  Over the past few years I’ve tried a few things but never did get it right.  Then one day while I was walking our dog, Humphrey, in our local park I became inspired by the old Victorian winter garden/glasshouse I see along my way.  My idea for our hallway was to include botanicals and glass, which would create interesting reflections depending on where you stand and the time of day.  I couldn’t progress very far until I finished making the stained glass panels for the front entrance, which I finished right before Christmas.

Stained Glass Entrance

Once the stained glass panels were installed, and Timothy returned to school, the focus moved to painting all the remaining woodwork.  Although we have white painted floor boards downstairs, I wanted a contrast on the stairs and landing.  I decided to go with Farrow & Ball Railings No. 31 – the same colour I used for our base units in the kitchen as well as the exterior of the front door, so it ties in nicely.

Black painted staircase, Farrow & Ball Railing stairs, painted floors.

This area of the house most definitely needed to have function as well as style.  A lot of activities begin and end in this space so there had to be a place for all the associated paraphernalia.  I deliberated for ages about storage…the pressure to get it right was immense 😉  I decided to go with two wall mounted storage pieces – a wooden storage unit and a metal coat rack.   I chose these because essentially they give me three levels of storage – the basket section and the top section and then because they are mounted up on the wall, the unobstructed floor space underneath.

Hallway storage, wall mounted storage, family hallway, terrace house hallway, terrance house entrance.

This unit was originally a tall narrow bookcase. I removed the feet, flipped it on its side and then used super strength brackets to mount it to the wall.

Metal coat rack, hallway storage, hallway hanging space.
My hand knitted and felted woollen bowl is perfect for protecting the wooden surface from keys.

The coat rack was also positioned behind the door, so when you open the door to visitors it is out of sight.

Metal coat rack, hallway storage, hallway hanging space.

I already had artwork on the wall upstairs and although they are more floral than botanical, they have stayed.

Hallway Artwork

Hallway Artwork

Downstairs, the mirror and stained glass are quite big pieces of interest, so to add balance in two areas I have hung groups of small frames with a different collection of artwork for each.

Hallway Artwork

Hallway Artwork

And when you put it all together, hopefully there’s a warm welcome to be had.

Entrace hallway, Victorian terrace hallway, black painted staircase, Farrow & Ball Railings, white painted floors, London terrace entrance.

Entrace hallway, Victorian terrace hallway, black painted staircase, Farrow & Ball Railings, white painted floors, London terrace entrance.

Entrace hallway, Victorian terrace hallway, black painted staircase, Farrow & Ball Railings, white painted floors, London terrace entrance.

Hallway storage, wall mounted storage, family hallway, terrace house hallway, terrance house entrance.


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  1. I don’t know where to start… it is absolutely stunning! I love the different textures – the wooden storage, metal coat rack, plant, painted floor along with the colours. Just beautiful. Have you used the same colour on the ballastrade and internal door? What colour is it please? Thanks.

    1. Such kind words – thank you! The stairs and banisters are painted the same colour, Farrow & Ball Railings. The two downstairs dark doors are painted in Valspar Empirical Grey, which matches the paint colour in those rooms. Claire =)

    1. …and I wish I could experience your home in person! A long drive, flanked with blossoming ornamental pear trees is something I can only dream of 🙂

    1. Thanks Ali. Our coat rack was from MADE.com – I just had a look online and they no longer have it in stock, but they have a smaller version of it. Cheerio Claire =)

  2. Wow, such a stunning hallway! Your front door is so beautiful and what I’m dreaming of for our own home. Any tips on how we could create something similar? Sadly I don’t think I could do my own stained glass! Louise

    1. Thanks for your compliment Louise! As for ideas aside from stained glass, our neighbours have used full sheets of textured coloured glass. Also bevelled glass is lovely or etched glass. There are lots of decorative window films, which would be budget friendly. When we were doing our front door, I drove around looking at different things I liked. One time, I even knocked and asked if I could take a close up photo of their glass 🙂 Hope you find something you like. Cheerio Claire

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