When we first went for the viewing for this house just over 3 years ago it was the hallway that sealed the deal. We didn’t actually need to see anymore, it was a YES from us. We loved the original features that had remained through the years. The corbels were intact, the exposed wooden flooring had been maintained and varnished in a warm honey and the sunlight that shone through the stained glass was simply stunning.
We actually really loved how the hall looked and lived with it pretty much the way it was for 2 years. Nothing was particularly offensive about it and we wanted to spend our money elsewhere to begin with. Once we were ready to start decorating we checked out Pinterest images first of all and searched images of Edwardian houses to get a feel for what we could do to modernise but still keep it true to its age.
The walls were magnolia and the stair runner was a heavily patterned red Persian style carpet. The wood was all varnished and although it was a beautiful warm tone, it was a bit too much wood for us! We felt we needed to break it up a bit.
First was the wall paint. We love soft greys and wanted to decorate in a tone that would be calming and not over powering. On a sunny day, our hall is bright and cheery, on a winter’s night it can be pretty gloomy, common in older homes.
After purchasing sample pots from Valspar at B&Q we settled on Shrouded lace. It’s an obvious grey but without being too dark in the shadows. It also gave a nice contrast against the white of the woodwork.
We actually cheated with the decorating and hired professional decorators to do it. The ceilings are really high and we didn’t fancy precariously balancing on the landing trying to paint. The Shrouded lace paint covers the whole hallway downstairs, runs up the stairs and covers the whole hallway upstairs also, it was a massive job and we just couldn’t face it.
We added in a radiator cover from B&Q over the unsightly radiator. It provides a place to sling your keys, a vase of flowers and a lamp to brighten in the evening.
The carriage style lampshades on the ceiling were kindly left by the previous owners so I’m not sure where they are from but I have found similar ones here.
The stair runner was ripped out and we took all of the runner clips off so that we could paint the stairs.
After much deliberating on whether to paint all the stairs or just parts, we settled on painting the up-risers of the stairs and the base of the spindles, leaving the step itself and the actual spindles and rail in the original wood finish. The white we used was a satin white wood paint from Dulux.
We cleaned the runner clips up by marinating over night in tomato ketchup, they came up a treat.
The runner was laid professionally by the local carpet company we had purchased from, and it took them about half a day to complete. The runner goes up the stairs and onto the top step. It then runs into full carpet (the same as the runner) and covers the whole of our upstairs hallway. The runner was made from a standard carpet which was cut to size and bound. It came from a one off local store but I’m sure similar grey, Herringbone carpets are available elsewhere also.
We only made minimal changes but we feel it has given it a fresher, modern look without ruining its former glory. It was one of our biggest updates but so worth the effort.
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