Entrance Hall, Stairs, Landing & Loft: Makeover Plans

If you've been following The House that Will for a while, you may have noticed that every year about this time, I usually take part in the One Room Challenge. The One Room Challenge is for bloggers who sign up to redecorate a room in their house in just six weeks. It's a great way of making some quick progress in the house, and through it I've already renovated our guest ensuite, our sun lounge, our library, and my craft room. I am quite sad that I'm not participating this time around, but there's a good reason for that: it's because we are finally starting the makeover of our entrance hall, staircase, landing and loft. It's a massive undertaking and definitely not something that can be completed in just six weeks.

You may already know that my biggest bugbear with our house is the staircase. I know it seems like such a frivolous thing, but the staircase is a huge feature in any house and, if you dislike it, it's pretty difficult to avoid! To make things trickier, we have a liveable loft in our house rather than an attic, which means that the staircase actually spans three floors in our home: the entrance hall on the ground floor, the landing on the first floor (or second floor if you're in the US), and up into the loft. Since all those areas are interconnected, it doesn't make sense to tackle them in isolation, making the whole job feel huge and rather intimidating. However, we're finally getting around to tackling this area, and I'm excited to share our plans with you.

Loft

We had to start in the loft because, being on the top floor, it has the potential to affect what's below. 

The loft is actually the only part of the three spaces that is unused. We tried using it for various purposes over the years: it has been an art studio, it was my study when I was writing my thesis, and a home office for Hubby ... but none of those uses ever "stuck" because neither Hubby or I felt comfortable in the space. 

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That's because of the very open-plan feel, with the bannister wrapping around the top of the stairs to the floor below. It's hard to describe, but it always felt like more of a "space" than a "room", if that makes sense?

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It's also a very awkward shape. With the shower room jutting into the space, the placement of doors, and the sloped ceilings above, there were few options for furniture placement. Something needed to be done to improve the function of the room before we ever got around to thinking about finishes. The solution we came up with was to remove the bannister and build a dividing wall between the staircase and the loft. 

Spoiler alert: we've actually already done this part, which you'll have seen if you follow me on Instagram. I'll be dedicating a full blog post to the construction of that wall very soon.  

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For now, let's just say that I'm so glad we made the decision to start in the loft because plastering that wall was a messy job. Had we already decorated the lower floors, they would have been destroyed.

We still need to paint the wall - not forgetting the all important mist coat to avoid potential problems down the line. We won't do much more with it for now, as our priority is on getting the main living spaces first. 

Landing

Moving down a floor to the landing, all of the changes here will be purely decorative. 

Firstly, I want to make a few tweaks to the staircase. I feel that it is poorly finished at present, so I will add drop caps to the bottom of each newel post. I also want to replace the existing round finials with acorn-shaped ones, which I think will give it a more elegant look.

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And the woodwork doesn't stop there ... remember that wall panelling we did in the library?

The House that Will| One Room Challenge Panelled Wall Library Makeover Reveal

We love the classical elegant feel of the panelling so much that we want to carry that feeling throughout the house. So we'll be adding a similar style of panelling to the entrance hall, staircases, landing, and part-way into the loft. However, this time we'll be doing half-height panelling rather than panelling the entire walls as we did in the library.

The panelling will be painted to match the existing woodwork. I've used a chalk paint on all the other woodwork: Old White by Annie Sloan. While it gave a great finish, it is a very labour-intensive process as chalk paint needs to be sealed separately afterwards. With the sheer amount of woodwork I'll have to paint in this space, I plan to make life as easy as possilbe for myself this time. So I'm opting for a water-based satin paint instead. Based on samples, it looks like Cherish is the Word 0029 from Colourtrend is a good match, so I'll start there.

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You can see where the plasterer blended the new wall in the loft above into the ceiling on the first-floor landing.

Above the panelling, I'll paint the walls a pale, cool, neutral colour. I'm thinking of using Dimpse by Farrow & Ball (which I'll have colour-matched by Colourtrend). We've used it in the sun lounge and it's one of my favourite colours in the house. 

The House that Will| One Room Challenge Sun Lounge Makeover Reveal

Repeating the finishes and colours here and there throughout the house will make it all feel more cohesive. 

I'm thinking of hanging floor-length curtains on the window here, and creating a seating area with new furniture.

The House that Will | Entrance Hall, Stairs, Landing & Loft: Makeover Plans

I've already found the perfect rug for the space, which contains the ideal blend of blues, greys, and beiges required to pull the entire scheme together.

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Entrance Hall

The entrance hall is where the fun really begins! And that's mostly due to the gorgeous tiled floor we plan on installing. The tile also has a practical role to play here, as our oak flooring is not holding up very well against the moisture tracked in on people's shoes. The tiles we've chosen are called Epoque in the blue colourway from Original Style, which we purchased at Cutting Edge Tiles in Galway. 

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I am head-over-heels with both the pattern and colour! 

Next to the tile in the photo above are the samples of the sisal stair runner and trim for the staircase. The stair runner wil be installed with the addition of steel stair rods for a classical feel. 

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As I mentioned above, the staircase will be painted to match the rest of the woodwork. However, I feel that a darker colour will be more appropriate for the treads. My days of battling with white floor surfaces are over! 

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I'm currently alternating between Rand Moon and Praise Giving, both from Colourtrend. I generally prefer cooler tones in our home, but I feel that the oak flooring on the landing and the natural material in the stair runner call for a warmer tone complement them and to offset all the blues. These greige (grey-beige) colours fit the bill perfectly.

However, blue is definitely my favourite colour, so I won't be shying away from that. In fact, I want to add a pop of blue to the entrance hall by painting the front door. I need to try some samples before commiting, but current candidates are Chicago Skyline or Blue Pot, again from Colourtrend.

The House that Will | Entrance Hall, Stairs, Landing & Loft: Makeover Plans

That will certainly help to brighten up that area, which currently feels quite dull due to the dark woodwork. I would also like to replace the frosted glass with clear glass so that we can enjoy the view of the front garden from here. To compensate for privacy, I'll add small curtains at either side.

The House that Will | Entrance Hall, Stairs, Landing & Loft: Makeover Plans

The other half of the entrance hall will remain relativley unchanged, with the exception that the staircase and walls will be painted and, of course, the walls will be panelled like the landing.

The House that Will | Entrance Hall, Stairs, Landing & Loft: Makeover Plans

I already love the antique church pew and storage baskets. The arabesque-style wall mirror helps to reflect light back into the hallway, not only from the front door but, surprisingly, also catches the light from the window on the floor above.

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Schedule

The goal is to have this space finished by the end of the year - or at least the bulk of it. It's the biggest project we've undertaken in our house to date, and I look forward to updating you of our progress as we go along. In the meantime, you can follow my Pinterest board of inspirational images to see more ideas about how I envision the final look for the space. 

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