Part of the joy for me in owning a period home is the possibility you have to try and enhance some period features or recreate an older more original style. Whilst I’m not a lover of vintage or old furnishings and furniture as a rule, it’s possible to strike a beautiful balance between new and old to create an eye-catching finished look.
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This is something I hope to achieve with our hallway which is light and airy but suffering a bit with neglect. The hallway is quite typical of a 1930s house, spacious at the front with the stairs leading off it, and then narrowing as you walk down with doors to the living room, dining room and kitchen at the end. We also have a cupboard under the stairs which is the only part of the house to have it’s original door still intact.
We’ve inherited a laminate flooring on the hallway floor, white walls and a grey carpet on the stairs and landing all the way up to the top. There was a bit of repairing done when we moved in and had damp proofing. Since then I finally repainted all the bare plaster over Christmas so it stopped looking quite so much like a building site.
I still have absolutely no idea what colour to eventually paint the walls but we have some thoughts on flooring and carpets. I’d love to replace the laminate with a parquet floor, there’s something so timeless and classic about it, creating a real wow factor. This would then flow through into the living room giving a better sense of space.
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For the stairs, a runner opening up into a carpet on the landing and then continuing up the second flight of stairs to the top floor. We have a wonderful local flooring company who we’ll definitely be calling on for both the wood and carpets, they’ve fitted our temporary kitchen floor as well as our office and en-suite so we know we’re in good hands.
How cute are these sheep that provide wool for AJ Rogers carpets?!
We’ve also started the ambitious staircase restoration project and have learned that little and often is definitely key! The spindles were all chipped and covered in a thick, gloopy gloss paint. Little by little we’re stripping them back so that we can sand and then repaint in a Dulux satin to match all the other wood work. The old newel caps have been replaced with pyramid ones and we’ll stain these and the bannister to match each other.
Last but by no means least, Pete did get around to hanging this mirror on the wall by the front door. Every time I see it it makes me so happy and was the perfect choice and in keeping with our theme.
I’ve since sent the clever guy who made it some pictures of the type of console table we’re after and he says he can make one to match the mirror. Perfect! At the moment that bit of the hallway by the front door is a dumping ground for bags, shoes and doggy stuff which isn’t very welcoming. We also need an electricity socket fitted because we don’t have one there at the moment.
What floor do you have in your hallway? Do you think it’s important to have a welcoming feel?