Suzy Hoodless has opted for a smart monochrome palatte in the hall of this Notting Hill town house. Alternating black and white paint is an easy trick for enlivening a wooden staircase - Hallway Design Ideas (houseandgarden.co.uk)
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.