Jennifer Hulse Design
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Entrance Hall traditional-hall

Entrance Hall

I used a bright wallpaper, from Scalamandre, and high gloss paint for this entrance hall. I wanted to create a bright, reflective look to make use of the natural daylight. Antique carpets worked really well with the client's art collection. I kept the stairs uncarpeted to give the hall a more formal, European look. The wallpaper was made by Scalamandre

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May 7, 2014
loly54 wrote:
Floor suggestion for heavy traffic hallway entrance. - I want to change a little the look of my entrance hall. I love the look of this one and it's very similar to the way mine is. Just that it is blue instead of yellow, which I like & are planning to keep. My dilemma is what to do with the floor??? Right now I have carpet on the steps and the floor...should I just replace the carpet? Change it to wood? or maybe ceramic tile?
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Jennifer Hulse Design
Here are my thoughts. First, I'd attend to the architectural details. Change out the doors to paneled. They'll completely change the feel of the hall, add sophistication in keeping with the rest of your beautiful hallway. Also, paint the interior doors a solid color. It's safe to stick with white, as I haven't seen the rest of your home.

Next, carpet. Check under the carpet. If your floors are pine, I'd re-carpet the hall floor, as this wood is soft and will scratch easily. If they're oak, you can refinish them. Or, go with carpet. Stay away from broadloom. A simple pattern would be beautiful. Choose a mid-tone or dark color. It will hide the traffic and eliminate the need for the mat at the bottom of the stairs.

I would LOVE to see you paint the stairs. They're narrow. I think a runner, though still a possibility, would be better than what you've got now, but paint would be awesome. I suggest painting the riser white, to go with the trim, and the tread black. I know it might sound scary, but check out some photos on Houzz. Paint the railing black as well, and the balusters white.

Finally, the walls. Go with a lighter shade of the carpet color. Take into account the other colors in your home. An easy way to pull a palette together is to choose three to four colors and use at least one in each room. It could be art, and accessory, or something more substantial.

A couple of final thoughts: if you go with refinished floors, a wallpaper would be another way to add some texture. And, the light fixture seems too small (hard to tell). You'll need to do something with it since it matches the paint.

I know this is more than carpet. But I couldn't resist. Let me know what you decide to do.
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You're more thank welcome. Ask away.
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June 17, 2013
Dot McKeough Howard wrote:
I have wall paper and would love to cover it!
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Or they even offer decal wallpaper that just peels off. But I don't know how much it would cost in your space.
    Bookmark   June 17, 2013 at 3:24PM
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Interesting thoughts and ideas. You might be interested to know that this client wanted an update. I replaced the wallpaper with a deep, blue-violet paint. I used Aura, which gave the hall a beautiful and really durable, matte finish. I'll post photos soon!
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October 2, 2012
hustlep2 wrote:
the hand rail and risers - this is exactly how my house is set up except there are no walls to the right. The hardwood color is the same. I want to change the staircase I was thinking of painting the risers white, leave the step part wood and painting the handrail black. Is that what you have done here?
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Hi! I suppose by now you've finished your project. I've been away for a while and haven't been on Houzz. But, in case you've put it off, the handrail is a wood finish. Black, however would look terrific. You could also consider a traditional stencil which mimics trim. Use a grey paint.
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May 29, 2011
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Ronique Gibson
The color looks similar to: SW6683 Bee by Sherwin Williams:

This is what the Houzz member said about this space:

I used a bright wallpaper, from Scalamandre, and high gloss paint for this entrance hall. I wanted to create a bright, reflective look to make use of the natural daylight. Antique carpets worked really well with the client's art collection. I kept the stairs uncarpeted to give the hall a more formal, European look.
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what type of wood for flooring
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