Our Hallway – The Inspiration

I’ve rambled on a few times about how I am in the process of decorating our hallway and I promise I am working hard on it!  On the day we moved in we took up the multiple layers of carpets and prised off all the hard board covering the original banister.  The oldest layer of carpet had an underlay of newspaper dated 1924.  Some of the ink from the paper had transferred to the floor boards.

Newspaper Underlay

Newspaper Underlay

Original Banister

Original Banister

I have always had problems with this area because I wanted it to have style AND function, which is hard to achieve in such a narrow space.  I knew I had to get the hallway table/cupboard and storage right, the rest of the hallway would just follow on.  Over the years, while waiting for other parts of our house to finish, I tried a few different things but didn’t really like any of them.  One thing I tried and really liked was a panel of wallpaper, which I edged in painted wood trim.  Although the cupboard was temporary, the mirror had to stay and the paper just didn’t look right with it.  So the wallpaper is gone but I have saved that idea in my head for another wall, another room, another house, another time…

Victorian terrace house hallway

Inspiration can come when you least expect it!  A few weeks ago while out walking our dog, Humphrey, I had an epiphany about how the hallway should be decorated.  We live a stone’s throw from a Victorian winter garden and I was inspired and could clearly see how aspects of this special spot could be transported into our hallway.

Photograph by Michele Janes
Avery Hill Winter Garden

In our hallway I wanted a dilapidated Victorian winter garden look – interesting glass, reflections, plants, botanical prints, rusty metal etc – and these pictures inspired me further.

Victorian terrace house hallway
Photo by The Random Moose
Victorian terrace house hallway
Photo by ROSWOW
Victorian terrace house hallway
Photo by Moon to Moon

And the picture below captures the colour palette perfectly!

Victorian terrace house hallway
Photo by Bursan World

So I will carry on with painting and decorating, and look forward to showing you the final result really, really soon!


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2 Comments

    1. Oh, I am already feeling the pressure…I hate things like this hanging over my head over the holiday season so I now have a decorating timetable in place. The ‘interesting glass’ aspect of my hallway is very time consuming 😉 Fingers crossed! xx

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