A quick and easy way to give your whole house a facelift is to start at the front door. Painting out dark woodwork, laying new tile, adding a bold graphic wallpaper and replacing threadbare stair runners will take year’s off your space.
Photographer: Donna Griffith; Stylist: Tanya Linton; Source: House & Home February 2010 issue
BOLD PRINT: Hand-screened wallpaper in a monochromatic print makes a big statement in this front entry. Notice how the direction of the pattern follows the line of the handrails, drawing your eye up the stairs and visually expanding the space.
PAINT IT OUT: You can update any space by painting out dark woodwork – here white paint instantly refreshes the space, while black stair treads and painted handrail play up the bold black-and-white color scheme.
FUNCTIONAL FLOORING: Mini black hexagonal floor tiles with dark grout hide dirt, are easy to clean, and add texture.
EXTRA CREDIT: A weathered bench, low-hung art and colorful tray create a focal point under the stairs.