Here is where we began.
This is the upstairs hallway when we first looked at the house. Not terrible, but definitely not our style! First order of business was the carpet. We actually ripped it up about 30 minutes after signing the closing documents. Talk about impatience. And, thankfully, there were hardwoods underneath!! We assumed so, since the rest of the house has them, but we were definitely playing a little russian roulette by purchasing without knowing the details first. Sometimes gambling pays off!!!
So, looking back at this image, the space just needed some freshening up. I realize that you can't see the doors in this photo, but just transfer the same color from the walls and trim onto the doors and you will have a little mental picture! There must have been a sale on pale yellow paint in 1964....because the previous owners LOVED it!! My initial plan was to paint the hallway a very light grey blue to add some color to the palette, which would ultimately balance and appropriately contrast the white trim and doors.
But after a suggestion, from none other than my design-averse hubby, I began rethinking the plan. I already knew that I loved the crisp, clean look of white molding and trim...and I've always had white doors growing up. But what if we changed it up a bit? What about black? My first reaction to his suggestion was, "what are you talking about, you know nothing about design"....and then I started to visualize it in the space......and it ACTUALLY sounded kind of perfect! The black would pop against the white trim and the grey walls and provide an interesting dimension and dynamic in the otherwise narrow, mundane hallway.
So we tried it.
|Please excuse the nail gun cord hanging over the railing....oops!|
What do you think? I wish I would have taken step-by-step photos so that you could see the transformation come together, but alas, I forgot! But here's a recap. Since the earlier photo, we ripped up the carpet, had the floors sanded and refinished, replaced the railings (which is another post altogether), changed out the light fixtures, painted the walls, the trim and even the heater covers....and of course, painted the doors BLACK! I was a little hesitant to go for it, but now I absolutely love it. And the best part is...if I change my mind in 6 months, I can just paint them white again! Well...maybe a little sanding will need to be done, but you get the idea.
|Upstairs hallway, facing the bathroom and guest bedroom|
|Downstairs hallway facing the front door|