No matter how large or grand the space I've lived in or visited, my favorite nesting areas that I love to settle into are the small unexpected nooks.
Spaces like these not only allow a certain amount of congregating for adults, but allow the ever-so important floor space for children, for pouring out blocks or lining up matchbox cars on a leisurely morning.
Why keep the interesting art to the rooms themselves? I was so inspired by this photo that I'm in the process of hanging from floor to ceiling our second-hand French sketches and paintings, just in our little hallway connecting our master bedroom and bath. And I get consciously giddy every time I pass through.
I love hallways that are made to carry more heft of the work in a house. A hallway library seems like such a logical and wonderfully aesthetic use of blank space.
Talk about a hallway carrying a large aesthetic heft. This appears to be a much-trafficked space, and a space visible from many rooms and vantage points. The hallway has become another room entirely in this space. I've recently seen this faux-bookshelf wallpaper around and think it's hilarious, svelte, and creative.
Note the room at the end of that hallway. The wallpaper tying it all in. The fantastic texture tempered by the glorious neutral of the grey. I content that grey is the most beautiful, versatile, and elegant neutral, especially in a space like this room and its adjoining hall.
Less conspicuous library. The single extra-long shelf keeps a clean minimalist line.
Love the enormous window (and door) that opens up this hallway.
Yes, why keep the art and visual uniqueness to the rooms? No matter where we're going or how fast or how slow and what time of day and with who or by ourselves we all of us pass through a hallway to get there.