Before and after: soft shades and fun buys create a friendly, welcoming hallway

Uplifting colour gives this entranceway a cheerful, bright look

'Four years ago we moved to a house the same size as our last, in the same area, to release some equity. It was in desperate need of renovation, so we could indulge our shared passion for renovating,’ says the owner.

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‘The house wasn’t really fit to live in but luckily we found a builder who came highly recommended and was ready to go – in fact, he originally told us he could complete the upstairs in just three weeks. It was great timing because it was the Easter holidays, so we went away for a couple of weeks during the renovation, then stayed with friends.'

'However, rather than being able to skim the walls, as first thought, everything had to be stripped back to the bare brickwork and replastered, adding another two weeks to the project.'

room with blue door and flower vase

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When the couple first viewed the house it was drab and uninviting, and that made them really want to push the boat out and make a big effort with the hall. They chose a soft vanilla shade for the walls, which they felt had a lovely warmth to it. They've gone on to use it throughout the house to create a continuous look.

In the hall it made good sense to go for smart, practical wooden flooring, with all the traffic going in and out.

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Buy now: Walls painted in Lead White emulsion, £50 for 2.5LLittle Greene
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Banisters, unit and door painted in Sky Blue intelligent eggshell, £64 for 2.5L, Little Greene
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Castello Dune white oak oiled planks, £71.49sq m, Quick-Step

blue hallway makeover with cornflower blue dresser

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When it came to the front door, the couple got quotes for a bespoke one made to suit the period of the house, which came to around £3,000. 'Then when I researched what was available ‘off the shelf’, I was able to find one that worked really well, especially when it was painted to tie in with the overall look, it blended in beautifully,' says the owner.

The large mirror enhances the feeling of space and is handy for checking your hair when the door knocker goes.

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Buy now: For similar, try Isleworth door, £509, Todd Doors

hallway with staircase and clock

(Image credit: Future PLC/Claire Lloyd Davies)

The owner wanted to make the stairs the focal point, as they’re the first thing you see when you walk into the house. 'I researched different runners and carpets online before I finally settled on a carpet with a spot pattern, which I thought was fun, but went for it in a neutral shade so that it wasn’t too overwhelming.'

'I had the idea of painting the banisters sky blue to turn them into a real feature. With space at a premium, I was limited when it came to what furniture I could fit in. I toyed with having a bench with hooks above but in the end we decided to make room for coats, out of sight, under the stairs. I wanted to incorporate as much storage as possible, so I looked for a suitable unit to fit the space.'

With the add-on shelving on top this sideboard is perfect for holding all the bits and pieces throughout the house, such as the first-aid kit. It didn’t look quite right in white, so the owner painted it sky blue to match the banisters, which really pulled the whole look together.

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Buy now: Brintons Pebble spot carpet, £53.49sq m, Carpet Factory
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Hemnes sideboard, white stain, £195, Ikea
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 For a similar runner, try Lewes natural runner, £125, Laura Ashley

makeover of hallway with owl status and stair carpet

(Image credit: Future PLC/Claire Lloyd Davies)

The owl umbrella stand makes visitors smile.

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room with open shelve and wooden pen stand

(Image credit: Future PLC/Claire Lloyd Davies)

The owner has created little cameos on the unit with pictures, accessories and unusual storage.

makeover of hallway with white wall and dog frame

(Image credit: Future PLC /Claire Lloyd Davies)

A collection of dog pictures takes you up 
the stairs.

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Buy now: Set of four dog portrait prints by Ros Shires, £69, Notonthehigh


makeover of hallway with flower pot and telephone

(Image credit: Future PLC/Claire Lloyd Davies)

Investing in fake flowers means that there’s always a welcoming bunch.

Before and after: from bland and boring to bright and beautiful bedroom

'I am thrilled with the finished space – it’s so refreshing to come home to now,' says the owner. 'I can’t believe it all came together during the last week of the five-week renovation and cost us just £1,500 for the work!’

Amy Cutmore

Amy Cutmore is an experienced interiors editor and writer, who has worked on titles including Ideal Home, Homes & Gardens, LivingEtc, Real Homes, GardeningEtc, Top Ten Reviews and Country Life. And she's a winner of the PPA's Digital Content Leader of the Year. A homes journalist for two decades, she has a strong background in technology and appliances, and has a small portfolio of rental properties, so can offer advice to renters and rentees, alike.