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Stylish decorating ideas for your stairs

Transform your stairway by following these easy and effective decorating tips.

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There are many things you can do to your hallway that won't break the bank. Here are some budget hallway updates that we love.

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Give your hallway a refresh with one of these amazing hallway flooring looks.

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The stairs and hallway are often forgotten areas in the home, but there are endless styling opportunities to be had.

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Add some art


Your stairs aren't necessarily the most interesting or colourful part of your home, so a great way to add interest is to hang a gallery wall going up your stairway. Choosing a mismatch of frames and different prints by artists you love will personalise this space.  

Stair runner

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Carpet runners are a brilliant way to warm up cold and uninviting stairs. If you don't want to carpet your entire stairs then a runner will still provide that comfort but will also keep the style of an exposed stairway. There are lots of different patterns out there but we think you can't go wrong with a classic stripe.  

Under the stairs

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Utilising the space under your stairs effectively can definitely be a challenge. It almost certainly becomes a dumping ground for your cleaning gadgets and other bits and bobs you want to hide away. However, why not think of transforming the space into something useful and quirky? Take a look at this amazing under the stairs bar created by Zoe Perks, which looks like it's come straight from the set of Great Gatsby!

Paint your bannister

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Follow the latest hallway trend by painting your stairs in a dark colour, specifically black. It may seem like a daunting prospect at first but because a bannister lets lots of light through it, painting it black won't feel like such a dramatic change. Also, keeping your hallway a light colour and contrasting it with black stairs will look effortlessly chic. 


Are you planning to redecorate your hallway? Let us know by tweeting us @goodhomesmag or post a comment on our Facebook page.    



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Victorian floor tiles may be beautiful, but they can also be expensive to buy and complicated to install. Recreate the look with these alternatives.  

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Victorian flooring is much lusted after, especially when you live in a period property. However, in its classic form, the pretty patterned tile designs are created from individual tiles – making it a job that can only really be completed by someone with expertise in this sort of tiling - something that can be hard to come by, and therefore come with a premium cost. 

While there are benefits of this – for one, it means you can create a design bespoke that fits almost any size and shape of space perfectly – there are other, easier ways to create the look, saving you money and time in the process. 

Easy lay styles 

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If you love the authentic texture of the grout lines that come with a traditional Victorian tile design, then there are options out there that make it easier to lay. Mosaics by Post can offer custom designs affixed to a mesh backing, meaning they can be laid in one go. Likewise, Topps Tiles' range of Victorian-inspired flooring comes in easy-lay sections, with optional borders too. 

Patterned floor tiles 

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Image: Brampton Borough tiles, Ca'Pietra

Recognising the demand for Victorian-patterned flooring, printed floor tiles have exploded in popularity in recent years as an easier way to recreate the look. 

Vinyl alternatives

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Image: Dovetail luxury vinyl tiles, Harvey Maria 

Luxury vinyl tiles are extremely durable, but also relatively soft underfoot compared to ceramic tiles - a consideration worth thinking about if you have small children. They come in a wide spectrum of designs, including Victorian-inspired styles. 


Do you have a Victorian style floor worth shouting about? Let us know! Tweet us @goodhomesmag, or post a comment on our Facebook page



5 hallway flooring looks we love

Best budget decorating ideas for your hallway

Bathroom tile trends for 2020

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Transform your entranceway with new flooring. Whether you choose wood, tiles or carpet there's a design to suit you.

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A hallway is the entrance to your home and immediately sets the tone and style.

We've put together some unique and stylish hallway flooring looks to inspire your next re-design.

Contemporary parquet 

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Wooden floors are classic and we love the twist on this traditional flooring style by laying it in a parquet formation. The dark oak-effect of this Royal Oak flooring from Amtico is extra durable too, as it's made up of luxury vinyl tiles. 

If you're dealing with a small and narrow space, opt for a lighter wood in order to maximise the amount of light in your hallway.  

Statement carpet

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If you prefer the comfort of carpet, go bold and choose a statement design like this Colombus pattern from Carpetright. By choosing carpet you can tick both the practicality and style boxes. 

We love the look of this monochrome geo design as it creates an immediate statement, while still being subtle enough to let the features of your home do the talking.

Victorian-inspired tiles

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If you've always swooned over the intricate designs of Victorian hallways, then re-designing your entranceway with patterned tiles in mind is a good place to start.

These Astral Star tiles from Walls and Floors are the perfect combination of intricate design and the practicality of modern flooring. They're made from durable porcelain and are available in blue, terracotta and grey. 

Stylish runner

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Not quite ready to change your hallway flooring? Then a carpet runner could be the ideal temporary solution. The Luna runner from Cox & Cox has a velvety sheen that looks ultra luxurious.

It's available in charcoal, putty, silver and soft blush so you'll be able to pick one up that suits your own personal taste and that suits your existing colour scheme.

Blush effect

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Incorporating the colour pink into interiors has become a massive trend, whether it be in the bathroom, in the kitchen – but now it's made it's way into hallway flooring.

The Camden Wriggle Blush laminate flooring from Lifestyle Flooring is a style winner in our eyes. It's a premium laminate that mimics natural wood in its texture and details. The touches of blush will bring a modern and unique edge to your hallway.


Are you planning to redesign your hallway? Tweet us @goodhomesmag or post a comment on our Facebook page, or post a picture on Instagram using the hashtag #ThisGoodHome for your chance to be featured on our Instagram 



How to decorate your hallway for Christmas

Hallway decor ideas that make an entrance

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Be inspired to update your current hallway with these easy and affordable styling tips. 

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You can inject new life into your hallway with a few budget makeover ideas.

We've put together some inspiring tips to get your creativity flowing.

Two-tone paint effect

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Reinventing your paint scheme can completely transform the look of your hallway. Consider going for a two-tone paint effect that's a bit out of the ordinary. We love that it gives the look of a dado rail but in a cool and contemporary way.

DIY panelling

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There are many DIY panelling posts online that are easy enough to follow, just like this one by Melanie Lissack. The good thing about panelling is that it can completely change the look of your hallway and it doesn't have to be expensive.

In short, you'll need some decorative moulding, a thin wood of your choice, 'lost head' nails and a hammer. Use a spirit level to make sure you're placing the panels correctly and after a lick of paint you're sure to be blown away by the outcome.

Magic mirror

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A simple but effective trick is hanging a large mirror in your hallway. This will automatically make the room feel bigger and will bounce the light around your hallway. We recommend a circular metallic design as they are bang on trend right now! 

Bold wallpaper

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Dare to be bold and opt for a statement wallpaper to greet you and your guests when you enter your home. Choose a budget-friendly wallpaper from shops such as B&Q and Wilko, or if you want to invest a bit more, Lime Lace have some gorgeous options.

Opt for a radiator cover

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If you've got a bulky radiator taking up the majority of your hallway, then a contemporary radiator cover could make the world of difference. We really like simple white designs, such as this Maurice cover from Wayfair. 

You can also use the top ledge as a place to display your favourite accessories and make a feature out of your radiator - much better than loathing it!

Create a mini gallery wall

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Don't forget that your hallway is a room that needs to be styled, too and isn't just an entrance for people to come and go. Putting together a mini gallery wall will instantly make your hallway feel more put together. Read our guide on building the perfect gallery wall


Have you updated your hallway recently? Let us know by tweeting us @goodhomesmag or post a comment on our Facebook page.   


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How to make a spring wreath to brighten up your front door

Dress your door with fabulous florals by following Hobbycraft's guide to creating a DIY wreath 

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Easter is just around the corner, and that means spending lots of quality time with family and friends. With more footsteps crossing your front door, ensure all of your guests are greeted with a warm welcome by creating your very own homemade floral wreath.

Simply follow Jo Boland's guide for Hobbycraft to make a gorgeous floral design DIY wreath - it's perfect for brightening up your door this spring and can be completed in the 10 easy steps below.

Top Tip! Use lots of hot glue when securing any flowers or buds which are not positioned flat on the hoop. Hold the flower in place until the glue cools and hardens.

Equipment you will need

Craft essentials

  • Hot Melt Mini Glue Gun
  • Hot Melt Mini Gun Sticks
  • Papercraft Tweezers

Steps one - three

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  • Choose coloured cardstock for your flowers and leaves.
  • Die cut flowers and large leaves with the Sizzix Bigz Die. You’ll need four die-cut flowers in four slightly different shades (16 in total), ten stamens in yellow and about ten leaves in two shade of green.
  • Die cut additional smaller leaves using the Sizzix Thinlets Leaf Dies – Meadow Leaves in a variety of greens.

Step four

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  • Emboss the flowers and the larger leaves with the embossing folder that comes with the Bigz Die set. To do this you simply place your die cut flowers and leaves in position inside the embossing folder and run it through the die cutting machine. A light pressure on the plates is all you need to create a nice impression.

Step five

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  • Fold the flowers stamens in half and roll from one end towards the other end with the circle on attached. Use a hot glue gun to glue the circle flat other the rolled up bottom to securely hold it in place. Tweezers are helpful to achieving a tight roll. Spread out the stamens with the tweezers or your fingers.

Step six

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  • Make flowers 3D by gluing the tab on the side of one of the petals to the adjacent petal. Make 12 single flowers this way. Now layer one flower on top of another to make each open flowers double layered. Glue a stamen into the centre of each of the six double flowers.

Step seven

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Image: Hobbycraft

  • Curl the petals inwards with your fingers to make them look more realistic.

Steps eight and nine

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  • Make four flower buds with the remaining four flat (unglued) die-cut flowers. Do this by gluing a stamen into the centre, fold each petal up in turn and glue it into position before folding up the next adjacent petal. Repeat for each petal and each flower.
  • Decide on the position of your main flowers and large leaves; glue them into position with a hot glue gun.

Step ten

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  • Add the buds (use plenty of hot glue to securely hold them in position) and infill gaps with the additional die cut leaves, use as many or as few as you like.

Step eleven - the finished wreath

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Image: Hobbycraft

  •  Place your beautifully designed wreath on your front door, step back, and tada - let your guests admire your work of art.

Have you created your own wreath for spring? Tweet us your tips @goodhomesmag or post a comment on our Facebook page.



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