During our massive home regeneration project it would be fair to say the least favourite of the project for me was the hallway, stars and landing …
Our home has only a small area in front of the front door that is classed as a hallway as it has the stairs coming off it, the front door and 3 other internal room doors … the landing again is not the largest as its more of a rectangle with the upstairs room doors leading from it and with no window of its own the main light source is from the front door itself.
Needless to say when I moved in 6 years ago it got a coat of magnolia emulsion, some white gloss and a cheap brown carpet … there was no real inspiration just a make do job until funds were better.
However the carpet was looking shabby and the walls were marked with a million small person finger prints so it was due to have a little love, although I thought hubs would point out a more valid use for the pennies but to my surprise he was just as eager to give it a facelift too having seen his parents new hallways and how nice that looked.
I wanted this time to step away from the magnolia and decided instead on Dulux Nutmeg White in silk and initially I was concerned with the only light source being the front door that it might be too dark but in fact once it was on the walls it looks amazing and brought out the textures in the wallpaper I had put on 6 years ago.
Talking of the wallpaper, our house has massively old plaster and so in order to cut costs I decided to use Fresco style wallpapers in most of the house and I must say it was a super wise investment as the Maine White Vinyl paintable paper I used in the hall, stairs and landing is still looking super so a fresh coat of paint really did turn the room round.
I have recently fallen in love with a gloss primer and gloss itself from Homebase that is stay white and so easy to apply it was a dream to use on the stairs … Which I went for pure brilliant white for a crisp clean look.
We finished the decorating off with new 28cm diameter Lakheden light shades from Ikea which came flat packed and were super simple to put together, and when the lights are on it shines through beautifully.
With the small hallway being a walk through from the lounge to the rest of the house when the nights are dark we like to pull curtains across tomato the house feel a little more private and snug, obviously with the benefits of eliminating any drafts from the door too so I wanted some dark ish curtains but they had to be
plain but not flat in texture.
I fell in love with John Lewis Barathea Lined Eyelet Curtains in steel as they tied in beautifully with the stripped carpet we went for and also had a really thick texture in the material they gave a really good quality finish.
As for the carpet we fell in love with this one from the beginning and think it finished off the hallway, stairs and landing perfectly … so much so I am no longer embarrassed when I invite anyone into our house!
The whole project was super hard work while being pregnant as I wasn’t the right shape to be getting up and down the ladders really but I think it has been well worth doing.