Wednesday, 24 September 2014
This is the hall space with the stairs in place. I can't furnish the back wall as I need a door through to the other half of the house that we can't see. Remember this kit is just the front slice of a house that would have four rooms on each floor. This door goes through to the large dining kitchen with space for a settee and comfy chair (family room) - pretty much the part of the house that gets lived in. The two rooms we will see at the front will be the public rooms - the salon and the formal dining room. Between these is the hall.
As I said I doubt there is anything I can add to the hall in the way of furniture. I would have liked a demi-lune and mirror but it isn't going to go in. Something that might be possible is a small round table and large flower arrangement but I am not keen on that as it looks like a hotel lobby!
Basically I think all the work in this room is about getting a nice finish on the floors and walls and door so it is attractive in itself.
Right now I am for a black and white marble tiled floor on the diagonal - need to look some up for additional ideas. I have gone back and forth between highly polished mahogany stairs which would be the easiest - hard coping with those brown edges - but I would prefer white stone. Looking at any stairs with a wrought iron bannister they seem, mostly, to be set against marble or stone.
The doors could be brown wood but I will probably keep the whole thing light and stay with a soft white everywhere.
I am collecting pictures in the Reference file as I go along - click on the link on the left if you want a look at some thinking behind the rooms.