BEFORE & AFTER - First impressions count!

Earlier this year I was contacted by Karen, who has a beautiful house on the outskirts of Wolverhampton.  Having done a mood board for her previously for her sitting room, she wanted to use the service again to get some inspiration and a clear vision for another area needing updating.

The house had undergone a fair amount of work of the last few years, replacing the kitchen and adding a fabulous orangery to the rear of the house.  One part of the house left out from these updates was the entrance hall, stairs and landing. 

Despite being the first area you are greeted with on arrival and the link between all the new modern parts of the house, I’m sure Karen would agree when I say that the dark hallway had been neglected for a little while, and its terracotta carpet, tired wallpaper and dark stained banister left it feeling really quite disjointed from the rest of the house. 

Check out the 'BEFORE' photos:


Karen asked me to create a mood board for her to work from, to refresh the area and bring it up to date.  Apart from the oak wood flooring and modern oak doors downstairs, everything was up for redecorating or replacing.  I got to work!

Taking inspiration from Karen’s love of blue-green shades, I created a scheme that bought the hall up to date:

Moodboard for a contemporary hallway and landing

From this mood board Karen had a clear vision of what could be created and work begun in earnest... The stair case needed remedial work first but then the spindles and banister were replaced with a super contemporary glass and oak combination.  The wallpaper and carpet were replaced, and the landing area de-cluttered.  A fresh new Roman blind was hung instead of the checked curtains and the upstairs doors were replaced to match the downstairs ones.

Take a look at the transformation...

Glass and oak contemporary staircase with wallpaper

View through glass staircase to landing with armchair

Landing with armchair, Roman blind and Harlequin wallpaper

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