I have a bit of a problem with hallways and other such similar transitional spaces as often times they are the neglected, over looked and very dull. The key I’m thinking is not to treat them like a passage way and do all the things you would do in a normal room. Layer the lighting, think chandeliers, sidelights, wall lights you know the thing. Your hallway sets the tone for the rest of your pad so it’s important to make it as wow as possible. Shelves are fab – the Ikea lacquered ones are genius (they double up as storage). If you layer such a shelf with artwork, mirrors and lighting it will create a super interesting tone and totally up your style ratings.
Being a high traffic area of course flooring needs to be sturdy as it needs to stand up to a lot of foot traffic. That said it doesn’t need to feel boring both Anthropolgie and Habitat have some fabulous rugs that will add instant flair to your lair.