Classic Coastal Colonial FoyerTraditional Staircase, Newark
This foyer was updated with the addition of white paneling and new herringbone hardwood floors with a walnut border. The walls are covered in a navy blue grasscloth wallpaper from Thibaut. A navy and white geometric patterned stair-runner, held in place with stair rods capped with pineapple finials, further contributes to the home's coastal feel.
Photo by Mike Mroz of Michael Robert Construction
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Doorways Wider doorways and hallways contribute to the accessibility of any home. Aim for a minimum of 32 inches of clear opening. This measurement might need to be adjusted depending on the individual and mobility device. One easy option for retrofitting existing doors to provide the minimum clear opening is to replace existing door hinges with swing-away hinges. These are hinges that allow a door to completely swing away from the opening, creating a wider passage; they can be used on doors 30 inches or wider. A door smaller than 30 inches wide would not comply with the minimum clear opening of 32 inches.Pocket doors can also minimize door swings, but they require more remodeling work than swing-away hinges do. The Modernus Roto door reduces swing space by 40 percent and has only a 30 percent force requirement for ADA accessibility.
Chances are, your Victorian home has wooden stairs in the front hall. Stair runners and rods remain a traditional yet attractive way to treat them. However, if your staircase is narrow or cheaply made, fitted carpets may be a better solution. If you have encaustic tile in your hall, plain carpet in a similar tone can work well. If you have a wooden floor, then you have a huge range of styles to choose from. For a contemporary slant, try a bold geometric carpet with plain walls.
A stairway runner and a welcome mat protect this high-traffic stairway and foyer. For tough nicks and scratches: Aside from spot-treating scratches in high-traffic areas, caring for wood floors that get a lot of traffic is really about prevention. If you have wood floors in the house, keep shoes and high heels in good repair. You know your favorite pair of cowboy boots, the one with the uneven heel and a nail sticking out? Those boots are serious surface scratchers.Stay away from: Long pet nails, in addition to old footwear. Pets' nails should be trimmed regularly to avoid deep scratches.
AIP Resolution No. 3: I will make my staircase safer.The well-secured runner on this elegant staircase is a positive step in the aging-in-place status of this home. It will most likely keep people from slipping on the glossy wood treads.Also, consider adding stairway lighting with a two-way switch at the top and bottom and a matching handrail along the wall.
Light oak floors, exposed beams, white trim and blue-toned paints contribute the coastal style they wanted. In the foyer, herringbone hardwood floors with a walnut border were installed. Ellie chose a navy grasscloth wallpaper for the walls. "I'm a big fan of decorating with texture instead of loud colors or prints," she says. "I think walls are a great place to do that."A crisp navy and white geometric carpet was chosen for the staircase, and the stair rods are capped with pineapple finials, finishing off the foyer's coastal look. Wallpaper: ThibautLight fixture: Hampton Semi-Flushmount, Hudson Valley