DIY decisions and choices – hallways and corridors

We’ve stripped all the wallpaper in the hall way and this makes me so happy, I’ve been staring at holes and peeling bits for far too long and calming the urge to want to pick at the peels and tear as long a strip as I can. But last weekend saw the beginning of this particular renovation project, one of many on the 2014 list.

decorating hall

The hallway is an important ‘room’ in my book as it’s the first a guest enters and therefore gives an impression of you and your tastes. I’ve been wanting to renovate since we moved in but there were other areas to focus on first, now it is time.

peeling wallpaper

Our hallway is a huge area to decorate, we have a large area at the front door which has a wooden floor, great for entering and changing shoes, with the stairs to your right, a cupboard just after the stairs and another door in front of you leading through to the living area (2 doors to paint). Go up the carpeted stairs and we have four bedrooms a bathroom and an airing cupboard (6 doors to paint) = 8 doors, it’ll take me forever. 

holes in the wall

There is a lot of wood to be painted and that’s going to be brilliant white, the walls now need some TLC where the holes are, a bit of polyfilla should hopefully do the trick and then they shall be painted a very light grey, my current preference is a Dulux Pebble Grey. The red/pink carpet will give a pop of colour and although I was tempted to put down some black laminate flooring at the entrance to hide all the dirt traipsed in we’ll be sticking with the wooden floor for now.

 front door before

I have some great pictures and prints to put up on the walls once completed and I’m wondering about a floor length curtain over the front door, it’s not so essential now but in winter the glass door does let cold in even if we do have a porch attached. To change the front door and surrounding window I’ve been quoted £800 so that’s on the back burner for the moment.

At least I can get through the summer before deciding whether to go for a curtain or not.

hall window

There is also one other small window at the top of the stairs and I’m thinking of fitting a blind in the window as the best option.

That should keep us busy for the next few weekends, are you doing any spring DIY?



  1. March 12, 2014 / 11:53 AM

    Good luck with the decorating….We decorated our hallway and living/dining room a few weeks ago….Made everything look so much fresher and nicer…

  2. March 16, 2014 / 1:05 PM

    I love the colour of the stripped wall, so maybe a teal and grey mix ;)

  3. March 17, 2014 / 12:31 AM

    I love hearing about house plans. I wish we had a hallway but the front door opens right into the house. Top of the list for when we move….one day. Door curtains are great, we have one and it really keeps the warmth in.

  4. May 22, 2014 / 2:53 PM

    Your hallway is identical to mine, right down to the front door! I’d love to see how you got on :)

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