Today's Five Things is a little different it is about the five design features and changes that I felt needed to be ticked off in my hallway revamp. It also gives you guys a cheeky look at the before in advance of showing you guys the hallway revamp reveal in the next couple of weeks! The hallway was one of the first things we did when we moved into Number Five four and a half years ago, because it used to look like this. Lovely hey! Luckily the previous owner took the curtains with her, however the stairs were blocked in, it was so magnolia and just a little uninviting.
My dad removed the old stairs and replaced with bannisters to let light in! It was so dark with the stairs being blocked in and really did make all the difference when finished off
(Please excuse the photography, it was 2013 and I'm not sure I truly understood good photography looked like at this time!)
We removed the red carpet, painted the walls and tiled the hallway with a monochrome tile.
Really simple. I hadn't found my style when we did this space, but it was fine and it wasn't offensive but it needed some personality. I often see hallways decorated in a really bland style; and then the rest of the home is beautiful, full of personality and fun! We were so guilty of this at Number Five, so I really wanted to show off my home's style as soon as you walked in the door! That was the aim of this makeover as well as rectifying some of the hangover from the building work.
So here are my five design features I needed to fix.
!. New stairs and landing carpet
Gosh, building work dust gets every where! Even though we tried our very best to keep the dusty building work away from the main house it still got inside the house and just made things look so dirty and unclean! I spent a whole bank holiday weekend cleaning the floor tiles and the grouting from all the building dust which made the tiles look a lot better but there was just no saving the carpet. The carpet got taken up numerous times because of the building work being done in the joists which go through the landing and into the bedrooms so it didn't sit flush with the space anymore.
We picked stripes first time round, which I loved at the time, however four years on I was a bit over those stripes and wanted to move to something simple, something grey.
2. New walls
Another reason why I picked the hallway for a revamp were the walls. The builders didn't damage the hall walls at all but they were blemished with the dust, dirt and just general wear and tear where the builders were heading up the stairs to do things. Some one told me when the building work started that I should be prepared to do the rest of the house when they were finished, and how right they were! I was also a little bored of the colour; when we moved in we picked Farrow and Ball's Calluna, which I loved, but the hallway doesn't get a lot of light and Calluna, although a lovely colour, just wasn't giving the warmth this space needed.
The three colours that stole my heart were all from Farrow and Ball; (l-r) Dimpse, Middleton Pink and Peignoir. It was just the tricky decision of which one to pick?
3. Getting rid of the boring
This space was all a bit bland. It didn't really give anyone a sense of our home as they walked in. It was all a bit too monochrome. I love monochrome, but I love it when paired with something a bit more exciting; whether its an oversized print, oddity, or an unexpected colour - our space just needed something a little more! One of the areas I wanted to switch up was the wood work. It was so beige! When Dad added the new bannisters for us we just painted the wood your usual beige white as that is the only colour I thought you could paint stairs! Then enter Pinterest and you find the whole world is your oyster. For the makeover, I have toyed with black wood work, toyed with wood work being the same colour as the walls and toyed with grey too. I can't wait to show you what I picked!
(sorry for the grainy picture - 2013 quality was poor!)
4. Make a statement
As you saw this space was boring. The hallway space is rather small, so I couldn't wow with a beautiful piece of furniture or statement chair like I've seen on many a Pinterest board. So I thought about adding an over sized piece of art work that wowed as you came through the door. I absolutely love the Robert Cadloff in my dining room, his works are stunning, and also add a bit of colour to lighten up the space. I may have my eye on another print from him to add into this space and may have taken absolute inspiration from my stay at Artist Residence Penzance.
5. New lighting
Ah lighting. The thing ever interior designer says is the most important thing and the thing us mere mortals leave 'til last! Well, I know I do. I'm embarrassed by the lighting situation in the previous hallway, even more embarrassed with what it looks like now (it's a naked bulb at present!) I picked up some shabby chic style lamp shades (because i didn't know anything else at the time; it was five years ago and interiors hadn't blown up on IG!) I sprayed them copper, and did this terribly because I a) didn't know what I was doing and b) didn't know there was such a thing as prep! They were terrible, like hang your head in shame terrible, but changing them was just one of those jobs I didn't get round to doing! For the makeover, I wanted a big statement piece, and then I realised the dimensions of our hallway and that didn't quite work... so it had to be something a little different but fit within the space of the hall.
I found some lovely picks from B&Q... but wasn't quite sure which one to pick.
I can't wait to show you guys more of the hallway soon; there are a couple of things that need finishing off before I share the space with you all, however here is a quick sneak peek of how things are shaping up! I'm so excited to put the finishing touches to the space!