Tone on Tone: I chose a wool sisal style staircase runner with very narrow binding. It's installed about 3 inches from the sides (and cut out around the newel post) in the Hollywood style, which is tailored and bespoke. The big area rug is the same, but with a different binding. Larger area rugs do wonders for small spaces!
I've been doing this for years! :-) -H Tons of great advice for making a gallery wall on this blog post. For instance, with a really complicated lay out, cut paper to frame sizes then mark on the paper where to put the nail. Tape all the squares on the wall, nail right through the paper and replace with frames!
We have a small entry way, so I like this idea & I would put shoes in the baskets. So sick of flip/flops & kid shoes just laying around. Hmm...maybe in a few years when I have money set aside for our kitchen. (cuz our entryway is in the kitchen)