Nooks under stairs and stairwells can be a functional space for a small desk, a reading chair, a phone. Or, instead of using stairs as a means to an end, make them a destination by treating them like sculpture. Highlight the banisters with ornamentation. Cover the step risers with mosaic tile or paint them with a fun pattern. Staircase landings are natural display cases. Vidicom CEO Christy Ferer has used them to showcase art, straw masks from New Guinea, Moroccan vases, sculptures, and large mirrors.
She says hallways can act as art galleries or functional space, depending on the width. They are great for revolving displays of your children's artwork. Play up the long and narrow shape of hallway by repeating the light fixture or painting linear patterns. Christy recommends you use this silver of space to play with mirrors and sconces.