A gold leaf and some super bright paint was all it took to give this staircase a dramatic look – and for just £ 116! This crowded space has had its fair share of wear and tear due to constant traffic over the years and the homeowner wanted to put her creativity to work and turn it into an area that would have an immediate impact.
Ready to pick up some great ideas for small hallways? By renovating her three-story home in Shropshire on a tight budget, Kerry Lemon showed her decorating skills on Instagram, where you can find her at @my_colourfulsquares (opens in a new tab).
Redesign of the pink economic staircase
The hallway was no exception and Kerry wanted to shed the gray decor and give it a bold new look, with the pink and gold paving the way for her stair makeover.
Bland and beige, the hallway decor was not to Kerry’s taste and she wanted to turn it into something more in line with the rest of her colorful home. By talking to my local toolbox (opens in a new tab) regarding his interior style, Kerry describes it as “bold and fun”.
“I guess there’s not really a style that I care about too – I’m just going with how I feel right now,” he says.
Kerry completely transformed the hallway with bold stair ideas. The carpet has been torn and in their place lie bright pink and gold steps, along with moldings on the walls and fun artwork – there’s something to look at every way you turn.
“Since the stairs are a high traffic area, I didn’t want to use the carpet again,” says Kerry, “so I decided to paint them the same pink as the walls, with faux gold leaves on the stair posts. It really pops. the whole area. ‘
With the top half of the wall painted white, the contrast to the bright pink color below is quite striking. “I wanted the hallway to be an interesting space to walk through and something that made me smile,” continues Kerry. “It had to have an immediate impact.”
The artwork is lined up on either side of the stairs, creating fun gallery walls, while an animal-shaped rug sits at the bottom for a quirky feel. Look closely and you’ll see that the bright pink paint color was also used to create a color block square to frame the artwork on the wall at the bottom of the stairs.
So what inspired Kerry to use such bright paint? “I find pink one of the happiest colors, so I knew I had to use it somewhere in the house,” she says. “When I was thinking about what to do in the hallway, it made perfect sense to paint it pink!”
The small window in the middle of the stairs has also been revamped, with an ainimal print sill and pastel colored glass decal providing plenty of patterns. Small plants and accessories add a decorative touch and we love the lime green twisted candle in its lilac holder.
“It was an affordable makeover,” says Kerry. “I spent £ 60 for the paint, £ 20 for the gold leaf and £ 20 for the gold leaf glue, plus £ 16 for the paints to seal the stairs.”
The radiator was also treated with a lick of paint, helping it blend in with the pink wall behind and matching it with the color-blocking square above. It was all painted in Dulux’s Berry Smoothie, (available at B&Q for £ 19, 2.5 liters (opens in a new tab)) that looks great next to the lilac door with that pretty summer wreath.
So, is Kerry happy with the results? “Now I’m addicted to creating bold and interesting rooms,” he says. “I think when it comes to color, go for it and you won’t be disappointed!”