Out of the or­di­nary

Mak­ing an en­trance comes down to the de­tail

EDP Norfolk - - Homes Insider -

It’s of­ten a for­got­ten space, but if there’s one thing that a re­cent ren­o­va­tion project by in­te­rior de­signer Paula Gundry has shown, it’s that the hall­way is in­trin­sic to the flow of any home.

When tasked with the re­fur­bish­ment of a Ge­or­gian prop­erty in Nor­wich, you might as­sume the liv­ing room, kitchen or bath­rooms would be the pri­or­ity. But, ac­cord­ing to Paula, the hall­way is key in set­ting the tone for the rest of the house. And what a tone has been set!

The ex­ist­ing hall­way had all the el­e­ments of a fab­u­lous space – high ceil­ings, big pro­por­tions, grand stair­case - but it was dated and lacked im­pact. A com­plete trans­for­ma­tion has taken place; one with care­fully con­sid­ered fea­tures, such as the mag­nif­i­cent mu­ral wall.

“It’s an In­dian hunt­ing scene, with hun­ters rid­ing on ele­phant back, rem­i­nis­cent of the days of the Raj,” ex­plains Paula. “At first you think its colour­ing is purely mono­chrome, but to­wards the cen­tre you see warm tones of blue, green and um­ber, and it’s these tones that have been de­vel­oped within the rest of the hall­way in the lamps and sub­tle edg­ing on the rug, and will ul­ti­mately act as a link through­out the en­tire house.”

And it’s not just about colours; tex­tures play an im­por­tant role too, from the velum mir­ror with its con­vex and dis­tressed sil­ver leaf glass, to the solid brass edg­ing around the door matt. It’s also a mar­riage of the nat­u­ral­ness of prod­ucts such as the be­spoke 8m wo­ven grass rug, the wool stair run­ner, the orig­i­nal tim­ber floor that was ren­o­vated and oak handrails.

“It’s all in the de­tail,” says Paula. “A lot of these prod­ucts aren’t avail­able else­where or in the UK, we of­ten bring prod­ucts in from over­seas - the mu­ral was made in France to the ex­act di­men­sions of the wall.

“The rooms will flow to­gether; each will have a dif­fer­ent feel and per­son­al­ity, whilst ty­ing them in through the colours and tex­tures.

“You have to be con­sid­er­ate when work­ing on an older house - what­ever you do needs to add to it, not de­tract from it. It’s a con­sid­er­able in­vest­ment, and the key is cre­at­ing a time­less room that you will sim­ply love for years to come.”

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