I don’t know about you, but there’s something about this time of year that makes me want to redecorate. It’s not so much the process of decorating itself (I’m no fan of that), but as soon as the sunshine makes an appearance, I’m all about the fresh start.
If I had my way, I’d repaint the house from top to bottom every spring, but as we’ve been here 6 years and still have rooms to finish, I’d say that’s a little optimistic!
Right now, our hallway is at the top of my redecorating wish list. We have actually had the hallway painted in the last year or so, but it was painted by a less than profesh (to put it lightly) decorator and so could do with a refresh.
Apart from making the mistake of hiring a decorator that wouldn’t know a paintbrush if it hit him in the face, we also chose the wrong shade of paint the first time around. The green-grey shade of white that looks clean and bright in our bedroom, by contrast looks dirty and drab in the hallway. Never underestimate how different the same shade of paint can look in different lights. You honestly wouldn’t even know they’re painted the same colour!
This time we are going to go with a bright white. Our hallway is a little deprived of natural light and so white really is the only colour that will work without looking dark and depressing. Which is fine by me, as I’m actually a huge fan of white interior spaces.
I toyed with the idea of Farrow and Ball’s All White (which is the whitest white they do) for the walls initially, but have now settled on Strong White. This white has a subtle hint of grey to it, which I think will create a nice contrast between the walls, ceilings and woodwork.
Talking of woodwork, we have decided to paint the inside of the front door using Down Pipe (another Farrow and Ball) shade. I loved the contrast between the walls and the door in the photo below and felt that painting the door a darker shade than the walls will help to make the space feel less bland.
Once it’s decorated, I want to find a small piece of furniture to sit in-between the front door and the staircase. We’ve tried out a few different pieces there before, like a bureau and a bench, but they’ve either been too chunky for the space or have become a dumping ground for bags and jackets. I’ve been scouring eBay for a reasonably priced apothecary cabinet to go here for months, but they’re hella expensive!
I’ve put together a little collection of the things I have my eye on to spruce the space up, in case you’d like a look. I’ll also be putting together another blog post with before and afters as soon as the space is finished. So keep your eyes peeled for that one!
Glass Candle Holder, £20.00
Industrial Coat Stand, £469.00
Breathe Poster, £18.95
Cast Iron Style Radiator, £179.95
Type 75 Anglepoise Lamp, £160
Aura Brass Mirror, £225