‘I’ve given it a WARM WEL­COME’

Claire loves walk­ing in through her front door, now that the hall­way looks so bright and cheer­ful

Style at Home (UK) - - Hallway Makeover -

Four years ago we moved to a house the same size as our last, in the same area, to re­lease some equity. It was in des­per­ate need of ren­o­va­tion, so we could in­dulge our shared pas­sion for ren­o­vat­ing,’ says claire.

‘The house wasn’t re­ally fit to live in but luck­ily we found a builder who came highly rec­om­mended and was ready to go – in fact he orig­i­nally told us he could com­plete the up­stairs in just three weeks. It was great tim­ing be­cause it was the Easter hol­i­days, so we went away for a cou­ple of weeks dur­ing the ren­o­va­tion, then stayed with friends. How­ever, rather than be­ing able to skim the walls, as first thought, every­thing had to be stripped back to the bare brick­work and re­plas­tered, ad­ding an­other two weeks to the project.

Neu­tral back­drop

When we first viewed the house it was so drab and un­invit­ing, and that made me re­ally want to push the boat out and make a big ef­fort with the hall. I chose a soft vanilla called Lead White from Lit­tle Greene for the walls, which I felt had a lovely warmth to it, and then ac­tu­ally went on to use it through­out the house to cre­ate a con­tin­u­ous look. In the hall it made good sense to go for smart, prac­ti­cal wooden floor­ing, with all the traf­fic go­ing in and out, cre­ated by the girls, their friends and our dog Tilly.

State­ment stair­case

I knew I wanted to make the stairs the fo­cal point, as they’re the first thing you see when you walk into the house. I re­searched dif­fer­ent run­ners and car­pets on­line be­fore I fi­nally set­tled on a car­pet with a spot pat­tern, which I thought was fun, but went for it in a neu­tral shade so that it wasn’t too over­whelm­ing. With a fresh neu­tral back­drop in place, I turned my thoughts to how to bring more colour into

the space. I had the idea of paint­ing the ban­is­ters sky blue to turn them into a real fea­ture. With space at a pre­mium, I was lim­ited when it came to what fur­ni­ture I could fit in. I toyed with hav­ing a bench with hooks above but in the end we de­cided to make room for coats, out of sight, un­der the stairs. I wanted to in­cor­po­rate as much stor­age as pos­si­ble, so I looked for a suit­able unit to fit the space. I found this side­board at Ikea and with the add-on shelv­ing on top it’s per­fect for holding all the bits and pieces we need through­out the house, such as the first-aid kit. It was white when we bought it but it didn’t look quite right, so I painted it sky blue to match the ban­is­ters and that re­ally pulled the whole look to­gether.

Fin­ish­ing touches

I am thrilled with the fin­ished space – it’s so re­fresh­ing to come home to now. I can’t be­lieve it all came to­gether dur­ing the last week of the five-week ren­o­va­tion and cost us just £1,500 for the work!’

‘I FOUND A SIDE­BOARD AT IKEA AND WITH THE ADD-ON SHELV­ING, IT’S PER­FECT FOR ALL OUR BITS AND PIECES’

MAKE AN EN­TRANCE ‘when we first walked into this house it felt so dreary. I gave the hall a fresh, mod­ern look with vanilla walls and fun, sky blue wood­work’

on re­flec­tion ‘The large mir­ror en­hances the feel­ing of space and is handy for check­ing your hair when the door knocker goes!’

Per­sonal touch ‘I cre­ated lit­tle cameos on the unit with pic­tures, ac­ces­sories and un­usual stor­age’

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