It's not always easy to craft a vision for the in-between spaces of a home, the ones that help us transition from living area to dining room or from the public sections of a house to the private. Hallways help connect the dots between realms suited to different functions, and creative seating like stools, benches, and settees offer a fun focal point that turns a hallway—a place meant for passing through—into a spot to stop and enjoy.
Elegant neutral fabrics and fresh flowers help create a cozy hideaway in this space by .
A modern farmhouse by incorporates a luxe wooden bench, matched with sophisticated wood paneling, black-and-white drawings, and a woven rug in desert tones.
This design by positions a minimalist ottoman at the top of the stairs to provide a touch of soft, clean texture.
For a summer home in Maine, added a detailed wooden bench to ground the hallway design.
An 1840s renovation by features a tufted chaise lounge in of-the-moment pink.
A luxurious red pattern on this cushion creates a visual tie to the nearby bedroom, which also features red-patterned bedding, in a design by .
Upholstered in rich colored fabric, these mid-century modern stools are a polished accent in this room from .
Animal print ups the ante in a hallway by .
In this space from , a fun nautical hallway is decorated with sailboat photography, placed above a clean wooden bench.
A sophisticated recamier, covered in green-printed fabric, looks out toward the ocean in this space by .
A red bench adds an eclectic tone to this hallway from .
Metal stools jazz up a foyer design by .
The royal blue in the contemporary artwork enhances the bench's vivid color in this design from .
In this design from , unique stools offer a touch of creativity.
A second-floor sitting room is nestled into a landing in this home design from .
A nautical nook from includes flawless ocean views.
This space from plays with purple fabrics and patterns.
A low-backed settee lends an aura of elegance to this foyer by , as do the delicate chandelier and shield-shaped mirror.
Featuring an artwork in a gilded frame and an antique pew, this farmhouse-inspired space from has the romance and subtle sophistication of an upscale gallery.
An upholstered acrylic bench in this hallway by offers a place to sit and admire the eclectic surroundings.
Stools can be stored under an elegant console, as this San Francisco design by demonstrates, and taken out when company comes.
This transitional hallway by showcases cream tones.
A built-in bench from adds interest to the custom cabinetry.
Hallways are a great place to experiment with quirky accents and art, like in this space by .
Above all, seating should feel practical and relevant to the overall look, as shown in this space by .