The stairway is an area that’s usually not considered a priority in the decorating list… but it can make a huge difference in the way the design and the energy flows around your home.
And if you follow me on Instagram you probably noticed that I absolutely LOOOVE (and I mean it!) Designers Guild with all their colours, stunning patterns and luxury feel.
Most of the wallpapers and fabrics we have in our home are from them.
So when they got in touch inviting me to create a makeover using their gorgeous paint and products, I didn’t think twice…
It was time to say tchau-tchau to the boring and plain stairs and hello to a happy and colourful makeover!
(It kind of felt like Christmas all over again! Yay!)
I’m sharing here the steps I took to transform our dull and boring stairway into an area that complements the happy, vibrant vibe I’ve created for our home!
I’m also sharing with you the links to the products I used for it, not just because it’s a sponsored post, but mostly because I really love them and I think you will love them too!
Here is the how it all came together:
The first thing I did was to get clear on the style I wanted to go.
It was quite easy, as I already knew that it had to complement the “walk in the park” theme we have around our home.
Then I decided how I wanted it to feel because much more important than how a space looks is how it makes you feel, right?!
So I went for a happy, airy and fun vibe!
Then, I got practical and analysed the space, writing down everything that needed to be addressed in order to support the design and the feelings I wanted to create for the area.
The main problem was that downstairs gets super dark when the front door is closed and the brown carpet on the stairs was making it even worst, as it absorbs the light instead of bouncing it.
So I knew I would need to remove that horrible carpet and also be smart with my colour choices, especially for the wall on the bottom of the stairs as it’s SO dark there!
Now that I was clear about how I wanted the space to look, feel and also knew what problems I needed to address… It was time to get creative and choose the colours and products that would create the scheme.
First I chose the colour palette… pinks and greens. As they complement each other beautifully! (Pinks are fun + sweet and greens are spring + fresh)
Then I visited the Designers Guild website and fell in love with the gorgeous Proserpine Magenta throw.
It was the perfect addition to the area and I ended up creating the whole scheme around it, picking the colours from it and working them around the room.
Before I started any painting and decorating I ordered some paint and wallpaper samples, as it’s always super important to test out the colours in the room they are going to be, as they can look completely different depending on how they catch the light!
I like to paint some A4 size papers and stick them to the wall for 24hs and then watch how the colour looks in the area and at different times of the day.
3. Let’s decorate
And then after selecting the products, I was ready to start the fun!
First I painted the walls.
Upstairs I chose the most gorgeous pink, called Sugared Almond, it’s a very soft colour and it has completely transformed our walls… it really is the perfect balance between airy + cosy… love it!
The dark walls downstairs needed some brighten up and the Alchemilla paint colour was a perfect choice, as it’s a mix of green and yellow, it’s fresh + SO happy!
Now even when the front door is closed that wall still feels bright!
Then it was time to hang the wallpaper up, and I went for an ombre effect one, it’s called Savoie Fuchsia and it just makes the perfect backdrop for the throw as it picks the same colours from some of the flowers on it… just beautiful!
The hardest part was removing the carpet from the stairs, but it was so worth it!
After removing it, I gave it a good clean and sanded it a little bit, then I cleaned it again and applied two coats of Pure White floor paint. (white is a great colour to open up the space and reflect light)
I waited for 2 days to make sure the paint was hard and then marked the runner with some masking tape. (I made it 50cm wide)
For the runner, I chose the First Blush floor paint as it picks one of the shades from the wallpaper and ties the whole scheme together!
It was so quick and easy to apply, less than one hour and I was done!
Then finally I was ready to start styling and adding the finishing touches!
For the accessories, I chose lots of vintage treasures that I found in charity shops, eBay and vintage fairs + some other pieces that I already owned.
But my favourite one is definitely the throw… it just makes me SO happy!
And for the curtains, I chose the Vanoise Fuchsia that is a very fun and light linen what made it so easy to sew it and make it into curtains in less than one hour!
Plus, linen is a great fabric for curtains as it allows a lot of natural light in, what makes the space feeling bigger and brighter! (Win-win!)
Hope this post left you feeling inspired to redecorate that room that doesn’t make you happy… It’s so important to live in a place we love and surround ourselves with things that makes us smile!
And if you’re feeling that you can’t achieve the look you want within your budget… You totally can! You just need a clear vision of what you really love, lots of imagination and a plan on how to make the most of your budget!
Here’s a link to a blog post and a workbook I created about it.
I was so impressed with the quality and coverage of the paint, it was super creamy and easy to apply, dried very quickly and the best part was that it didn’t have that strong smell of paint! Plus their selection of colours is just stunning!
Here’s a sum up of all the gorgeous Designers Guild’s products used in this makeover.
For the walls:
- Sugared Almond – No 125 – Perfect Matt Emulsion Paint
- Alchemilla – No 112 – Perfect Matt Emulsion Paint
- Savoie Fuchsia Wallpaper
For the woodwork:
For the stairs:
Even the paint tins are pretty!
And before I say goodbye I just want to share with you a few tips about painting, just in case you are doing it yourself!
- First things first… Turn the music on… DIY is a form of therapy, so make the most of it and have fun!
- Always prep your wall before you start painting… by that I mean, give it a little clean, fill any unwanted holes with Polyfilla and then sand it down, change the lining paper if needed… always make sure your walls are nice and smooth!
- Prime the wall if needed. (If you are changing from dark to a light colour, if you are painting a bare wood surface or if the previous paint was glossy, for example).
- Then use masking tape to protect corners and mouldings. Make sure you place the tape as close as you can to the edge and press it tight!*Use a dustcloth if you would like to protect the floor and the furniture.
- Keep a pack of baby wipes near you… they are great for cleaning up little splashes or any mistakes.
- Wrap your painting tray with some foil… this way you don’t need to wash it after the job is done… you can just remove the foil and the tray will be ready to be reused!
- Start with the edges, painting all the corner with a paintbrush.
- Then use a roller for the largest parts of the wall. It’s super fast and easy to use.
- Once the paint is dry, you can start the second coat.
- Wrap you roller very tightly in a plastic bag while you are waiting for the paint between coats to dry. It will keep the roller moist and ready to use again.
- Only peel off the masking tape once the paint is completely dry.
I’m beyond happy with this makeover, can’t wait to start the next one! Do you have a room in your home that you can’t wait to redecorate? Let me know in the comments… I’d love to know! xx