Alex and Cathy wanted an instant wow factor from the moment they walked in the front door. Their original entrance and curved staircase was more of a let-down than a gasp of excitement. The dated peach tones were overwhelming, overwhelmingly bad!
I started by completely removing the old staircase and replaced it with a sleek, modernist design installed by Kane Constructions. With Japan black frame and glass balustrade details, this staircase is now a statement piece in the house. Its angles play with the soft features in the space and the MCN Flooring medium pile wool carpet in a mid-grey tone, sets the scene for the interior drama to evolve.
To give the space impact, I used a gunmetal grey shimmering wallpaper from Mokum that can look flat or glittery depending on the approach you take. This fine geometric design has a traditional edge to it. It’s trellis like features make the space feel dramatic, soft and rather elegant, instead of strong and overbearing.
The type of light directed at the wallpaper creates a different effect and as you look above the stairwell I hung three About Space Melo Pendants. Strung from staggered levels in the landing above, they throw a halo of light and a warm ambience onto the wallpaper below. In natural light, the effect is just as elegant, just a little more understated. Not only did Alex and Cathy want the ‘wow’ when they walked in the door but they wanted to stop their friends in their tracks for all the right reasons, rather than the shocking peach that was there before.
Versatile through day and night, this wallpaper is the metaphoric little black dress of interiors! Now that’s what I call shiny.
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Images: Vanessa Hall, Lifestyl