After: Front Hall

White painted panelling lends a fresh look.To lighten up the entryway, H&H style editor Michael Penney and his wife Sara spent a labour-intensive 18 hours painting the staircase white. They ripped up the old red carpet on the stairs to reveal the original oak treads, and left the handrail au naturel as well. For pops of colour, they added a bright turquoise console, art, greenery, umbrella stand and a striped runner, all in tones of green and blue for consistency. Read more about decorating his main floor.

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