Hallways and staircases are some of the busiest areas of a home, and often provide a vital first impression for visiting guests. Unfortunately, they’re also sometimes forgotten or neglected, as we focus on sprucing up our main living areas.

Farren Murphy, Commercial Manager at ScS, believes the perfect way to refresh your hallway and stairs is to introduce bright colours and patterns into the space, creating an ultra-modern look.

“This high-traffic area of the home is often the first place guests see, so it’s definitely a space that deserves some TLC. There are some fantastic ranges of carpets out there, in a multitude of colours and patterns, that can be used to make a real style statement.

“Stripes, checks and other bold patterns are all fashionable looks in flooring. Team up these designs with natural upholstery and décor for a really modern look. Alternatively, create a contemporary statement by selecting a carpet that features zig-zags, hexagons, circles or other on-trend geometric designs. When deciding on which design to go with, it’s worth thinking about how the pattern will look if your staircase includes a turn, rather than running straight up and down, to avoid the pattern mismatching in any areas.

“If patterned carpets aren’t for you, it’s also good to remember that you can consider adding stair rods or a quirky carpet fitting style for an alternative vibe. Think about carpeting only the stair treads, leaving the rest of the stair on display, for a cutting-edge look. Making a statement with your stair carpet can turn your hallway into one of the most stylish features of your home rather than just a forgotten space.

“Regardless of which look you choose, always keep in mind when buying a carpet for your stairs or hallway that it needs to be hard wearing to cope with the footfall of such a high-traffic area. Investigate the pile height and density before making a decision. You need to ensure the carpet you choose can withstand the everyday traffic of your home. If you’re unsure which carpet would be most suited to your needs, pop in store and a member of our carpet and flooring team will be happy to help.”