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You can't beat stripes for elegance - taupe or dark beige and ivory help create an atmosphere of unadulterated style, particularly when teamed with pale panelling, parquet flooring and well designed and proportioned pieces of furniture. This is a beautiful hallway that exudes charm and sophistication yet is welcoming and bright.

Small hallway storage . Totally adorable...but not sure we have space by front door? Room for cupboards right at top too?

Monochrome chic. Simple is best in a narrow hallway. White painted stairs make them appear wider and the grey runner is both practical and elegant. Seek out a slim console - vintage or modern - thats useful and decorative but not space-consuming.