In stately homes, long hallways pose a unique design challenge. These spaces connect rooms that may have interior styles of varying formality. However, the design scheme of one room rarely continues into the hallway, as this area must work to transition the styles of different spaces.
This means that when decorating your hallway, you need to take a neutral approach to the design of the space, but not sacrifice style altogether. Finding a common ground between the disparate looks of the rooms connected by the hallway is a good place to start.
For hallways with windows, you can make the style transition by choosing a window treatment that features colors used in designs throughout the house.
Banded Thai silk curtains are a good choice for such spaces because they let you incorporate two colors into the window treatment without forcing you to use a patterned fabric that could clash with the aesthetic of a connected room.
When dressing the windows in a hallway that connects a formal room, such as a dining area, to a more casual space, like the kitchen, this kind of curtain will add a touch of glamor without overwhelming the space with opulence. By taking a simple approach to the rest of the decor in the hallway and avoiding an overly complicated wallpaper pattern, you can let these elegant drapes dictate the entire design scheme.
Just because hallways function as passageways and you might not spend the amount of time in them that you do in a den or living room, that doesn't mean they shouldn't be given the same attention of these more significant spaces when designing the house. Hallways establish a mood and by choosing the right window treatment, you can make sure the atmosphere going room to room is pleasant.