So as a little intro to my first interiors based post, I thought I'd give you a little glimpse into the type of house in which we dwell. We live in a three bedroom house on the rural outskirts of a not so nice village. We are far enough away from the village to not notice it and we never really need to go there. We are just happy with the surrounding location of the house and the rolling hills and fields. The house is technically a barn conversion split into a terrace of four houses but there are only a few tell tale signs that it was ever a barn- unfortunately a lot of the character was sapped out when it was converted in the 90s. Since moving in over 4 years ago, we have been slowly chipping away at making it look a little less 90s and a bit more characterful.
We know this is not our 'forever home' but we love putting our own mark on it where and when we can. After installing a kitchen, re-doing the living room and Little One's nursery, we are now moving onto the staircase and hallway. I've been looking for inspiration on Pinterest (of course!) and collating a few images which I am using to help me style this part of the house.
Here is how our staircase and landing currently looks- dull, boring and with a very 90s carpet which has seen better days...
Before: The first flight of stairs which leads to the main landing, off of which comes the master bedroom and the LO's nursery. I have already started undercoating the woodwork and banister.
Before: The landing.
Before: Off the left of the landing comes the second flight of stairs which leads to the family bathroom on the right and the third bedroom on the left. I cannot wait to get rid of this carpet!
1. We have a two-flight enclosed staircase which is quite dark. As there are no interesting features such as railings or a banister, we felt we wanted to inject a bit of character. One way we are doing this is by making a feature of the stair carpet. Normally I'm not one to go for bold patterns, but I am loving striped carpets at the moment. I love the way the vertical stripes add height to the stairs and draw your eye upwards.
2. We have already selected our carpet for the staircase. I must admit, I was a little nervous to go for such a bold stripe, but I think it will really liven up what is a dark and boring space. We were a bit limited with our carpet choices as we have two cats who have ruined our current stair carpet, as they think it's one huge scratching post. This meant we had to rule out any loop pile carpets. Instead, we went for this Westmoreland Twist carpet in silver stripe from Carpet Right.
3. I love the pale grey against the crips, clean white woodwork in this photo. We have gradually been eradicating the orange pine doors in our house and painting them in clean white satin. The skirting boards and door frames are also getting a facelift.
4. We aren't fully settled on a colour for the walls yet, but we would like a pale grey.
5. We have spent rather a lot on tester pots, only to find that they are way too dark on the walls in comparison to what it looks like in the shop. Anyone else ever had this problem? These two colours are chic shadow and polished pebble, both by Dulux.
6. Polished pebble by Dulux. We will probably go for this colour, it's very subtle and not too dark.
7 and 8. For someone who loves taking photos, you'd be surprised to know that we hardly have any photos up in our house and it's something I really want to address. I love the idea of a photo gallery up one side of the staircase. I go up and down the stairs so many times a day, it'd be a lovely way to display some of our favourite photos.
9. I love the grey walls in this photo and the lighting makes a huge difference.
So that is my inspiration for our hallway and staircases. I hope you like these ideas and maybe might get a bit of inspiration for your own home. I'm off to put a shower cap on now and go and satin these doors.