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How To Create Space and Cohesion In the Home Using Interior Features

How To Create Space and Cohesion In the Home Using Interior Features

Most of us decorate our homes in stages.  Like the Golden Gate Bridge, the job of beautifying never seems to end. You get to the end of the task, and you realise that there’s no cohesion.

And you start all over again.

Sounds familiar?

Perhaps it’s time to question the way you create space and cohesion in the home.


Unify the energy and beauty of the changing seasons from your outside space into your living quarters with bi-fold doors and glass stairways.

Matching doors, the use of glass, and creative stairways create flow by welcoming natural light, promoting the impression of space.

Here are our tips for creating space and cohesion in the home by choosing the right home interior features:

Repetition Creates Rhythm

Rhythm and flow are design principles that help create a sense of unity throughout an entire living space.

A pattern or motif repeated throughout large spaces creates a feeling of unity and stability.

Repetition can also be created through structural home interior features.



  • Matching doors throughout the entire home.
  • The use of glass to help illuminate darker spaces
  • Flooring materials that flow from one room to another.
  • Staircases that invite light into a room (rather than block it).

These ideas provide a palette of unity throughout the home, offering a design foundation that supports the individual personality of each room; without interrupting the cohesion of the design concept.


Matching doors

Quality interior doors help to elevate a bland space. Choosing a door design that fits around the entire home brings a genuine sense of cohesion to your home interior.

Points to consider when choosing matching doors:

Lighter woods – such as oak – keep the atmosphere light and airy.

  • Glass panels help light flow into dark, windowless hallways and landings.
  • Metal doors come in a wide range of finishes, and add a modern aesthetic
  • Pocket doors (aka sliding doors) allow you to maximise your usable footprint space; particularly beneficial for smaller rooms
classic spindle design in a modern setting

Threshold bars

Threshold bars can be unsightly, and totally unnecessary. 

Choosing a flooring material that stretches across the entire home brings unity to the design concept.

If you’re considering using the same flooring material throughout the home (ie, laminate flooring or tiling) there’s not always a need for a traditional threshold bars.

Create a continuous floor that extends from one room into another; separated by doors that glide over an unbroken expanse of wood.  

A modern hallway with black painted timber doors and stairs with sweeping continuous handrail & contrasting square white spindles

Connect the indoors to the outdoors

Bi-fold doors that extend across an entire back wall help your home interior feel spacious;  flooding your space with natural light.


Think rhythm: 

A beautiful, polished, wooden floor in the interior can extend to a decked area in the patio outside.

Lead the eye from the inside to the outside by laying your interior wood flooring in the same direction as your patio decking.


 The outside into an extension of the inside, even when the doors are closed.



Staircases can offer so much more than just a practical function. Create space and cohesion in the home by choosing a design that maximises flow.


Some ideas:

  • Split-level staircases provide tall ceilings and locations for large windows.
  • Transparent railings, built of glass and metal, create a cohesive flow, appearing to take up less visual space.
  • Stairways situated near windows maximise the energy of natural light. Accompanied with glass railings, your staircase becomes a real design feature worthy of note.
modern staircase balustrade


Glass as a structural material presents an opportunity for insulation and interior partitioning.

Completely open-plan layouts, while undoubtedly popular, present challenges.

Arches, rather than doors, keep a long corridor open and airy, but food smells and noise from other rooms are likely to pollute and interrupt privacy.


Glass doors? 

Glass doors are uber-modern, and can be smoked for privacy. Wooden doors with glass panels are perfect for dark areas of the home. 

For a totally modern feel, glass brings beauty and cohesion like no other structural material.



Windows aren’t just a portal to the outside, they can be beautiful as well.

Stained glass inserts project a rainbow of calming refraction that subtly transforms a room throughout the day.

Enlarging existing windows can transform a space; flooding a room with natural light and offering the impression of more space.



Matt Hall

Content Manager, Shire Doors

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6 Ways to Step Up Your Home’s Style with Smart Staircase Design

Usually, staircases are designed primarily for function. However, just because it is small and narrow, it doesn’t mean that your staircase shouldn’t be just as much of a representation of your personal style as the rest of your house. While grand stairways are common in mansions, for the majority of homes, stairs don’t live up to their full interior décor potential.

If you would like your home to have a creative stairway that isn’t just noticed when you are moving from one floor to another, specialists from an interior design company in Dubai share below six ways to step up your home’s style with the right staircase design.

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Choosing the right artwork your stairway

Choosing the right artwork your stairway

We work in different homes nationwide and see some beautiful examples of artwork complementing the home. It can be framed or a canvas, a wall mounted masterpiece or a freestanding sculpture. As far as we can see, there is no right or wrong approach. There are many similarities between the art chosen for a home and an Abbott-Wade staircase. They should reflect the character of your home and personality as well as complementing their surroundings. Here are some of our favourite examples we’ve seen on our travels.

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Tiny tips for making a homely hallway

It doesn’t have to be a New Year’s resolution or part of the annual spring clean – decluttering is said to be ‘good for the home and good for the soul’ and now is the time to start! Let’s begin with your hallway, it is after all the first room in your home which your guests will see. We visit lots of homes all over the country and we learn a few things alone the way. We see what people do well and what they don’t. We’ve come up with our 6 favourite tips we’ve picked up on our travels for making the most of what you’ve got. They may be obvious, but they’re important.

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A treat for the toes: Margaret Dabbs, Cheltenham

Margaret Dabbs - BeauticiansIf anyone understands style, beauty and luxury, it’s the Margaret Dabbs brand.

Since opening her pioneering series of Foot Clinics in 1998, Margaret also created a range of foot products to fuse both the health and beauty of her customers’ feet. From London to Dubai, Margaret’s clinics have gone from strength to strength. Discerning clients from the beautiful Spa Town of Cheltenham now have the opportunity to experience the Margaret Dabbs treatment in their recently opened fifth clinic. Continue reading…

Add style to your hallway

A hallway is more than just a means of accessing other rooms in your home, it is, and should be regarded as a room in it’s own right, especially as it probably the first room to receive visitors and usually receives the most traffic and wear and tear. It therefore sounds obvious to identify that it should be kept clean and tidy with shoes tidied away and skirting boards touched up after scuffs.
oak and glass staircase

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Catching up with old friends

Catching up with old friendsIt’s a couple of years since we first met our friends at Smart Furnishings.

The staircase in the center of their store was in need of a renovation and we were glad to be of service. Since this time, the lovely people at Smart Furnishings have been happy to invite people into their store to see the quality of the installation for themselves before taking the plunge with a staircase of their own and even pointing their own customers in our direction. Continue reading…

First Impressions Last!

14Whether it’s in your hallway or forms part of your living room, your staircase is usually the first thing people see when they enter your home. Yet, despite this it is often the only part of your home that fails to get that much needed makeover. Continue reading…

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