Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Sunny Stairwell

When my clients bought their second floor condo, they really loved it inside...but the stairwell leading up to it left a lot to be desired. It was dark and didn't have a lot of natural light except for the window in the door to the outside at the bottom of the stairs.

The previous owner had decided to paint the stairwell a dark color on the stairs, doors and all the trim. Aside from my dislike of the dated blue and yellow combination, it was just too dark a color for the space. Short of putting in a skylight (a few thousand dollars but well worth the cost if your budget allows for it), the only other way to light up this space was with paint. I knew that using white would make a big difference and I kept the walls a soft beige to add some color without losing any light. The floor and stairs would be left a dark color for traffic and wear but this time I chose dark brown.

What a difference a coat of paint can make!

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