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Before and after hall paint!
bepo2003
November 21, 2012 in Design Dilemma
Here's the after! Walls are bleaker beige. We are thinking of painting the bannister top black. Staining was going to be too much. Do you think that will look good?
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bepo2003
Also, do you think we need a rug in the hall?
November 21, 2012 at 8:16am     
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agarcia3201
I'm unsure about which one is your before and which one is your after.
November 21, 2012 at 8:17am   
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bepo2003
The one with the door closed is the after. We haven't decorated yet.
November 21, 2012 at 8:27am   
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houssaon
Walls and floor look great.

I always like to see a runner on the stairs for safety sake and a rug (or rugs) in the hallway will grab dirt and save the floors. A runner like this would look good on your steps: Cole Street. If these rugs are your style, I think they will warm up the space and provide a nice contrast to the color of the walls: Walnut Hill Ranch. This color combination is more subtle: Lake Minnetonka Residence, but the black in the rug will echo the black banister.

Yes to painting the banister black or really dark brown, which will look like this painted dark: New Old Farmhouse: Stairwell and Front Entry.

Finish the area with photography or paintings, a console, lamp and maybe a stool or chair, if you have the room.
November 21, 2012 at 8:29am     
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charleee
This is a great look for your stairs. On my monitor the beige on your walls matches the beige in the runner. Notice how only the last post is painted black. [houzz=
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November 21, 2012 at 8:34am     
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pivoines
Yes , I vote for the black top Bannister , a rug in the hallway and matching carpet in the entrance would warm up the area and also a picture gallery on the walls. I am not a fan of carpet runner on the stairs because you then have to vacuum the stairs which is one of my pet peeves. Wood stairs look rich on their own and a damp cloth once a week keeps them beautiful. Your choice of color is excellent it is a neutral and almost any choice in carpet would work with it , have fun . I love it.
November 21, 2012 at 9:07am     
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bepo2003
Thanks for all of the great suggestions!
November 21, 2012 at 5:01pm     
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Kitchen Art of New England LLC
I would do wainscot panels up the stair case and hall wall area. Then I would paint the steps black gloss.
November 21, 2012 at 5:31pm     
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M Morgan
We just painted our risers, stair rails and banister. Risers and stair rails are white and the banister is Farrow and Ball "Railings" - a fabulous dark gray/blue.
November 21, 2012 at 11:22pm     
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pivoines
can't wait to see a pic.
November 22, 2012 at 5:35am   
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princefam
I would love to see a picture! Love before and afters... :)
November 22, 2012 at 6:57am     
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missangel99
Love the wall color is that by Benjamin Moore? Can you tell me the stain you used on the wood? Very pretty.
November 22, 2012 at 7:17am   
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bepo2003
The paint is Benjamin moore's bleaker beige. We dud a lot of swatches. We were originally doing grant beige, but it was overwhelming. I will post after pics!
November 22, 2012 at 9:50am   
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dcer
I would suggest a chocolate brown, instead. It would be less harsh, and look nice with your bright and airy entryway.
November 22, 2012 at 10:41am     
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missangel99
What was the floor stain?
November 22, 2012 at 6:45pm   
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bepo2003
I'm sorry, I don't know the stain. The last owners did the floors.
November 23, 2012 at 4:52pm   
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bepo2003
I'm sorry, I don't know the stain. The last owners did the floors.
November 23, 2012 at 4:52pm   
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bepo2003
Here's the banister painted black.
November 24, 2012 at 3:29pm     
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bepo2003
Excuse the mess!
November 24, 2012 at 3:30pm   
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bepo2003
Excuse the mess!
November 24, 2012 at 3:30pm   
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Monique Jacqueline Design
My vote is black banister handrail with a rug in the hallway. I do not think that you need a runner on the staircase. Your stained treads are beautiful!
Cheers!
m.
November 24, 2012 at 3:32pm     
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bepo2003
Here's a before and after
November 24, 2012 at 3:56pm     
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pivoines
great job
November 25, 2012 at 6:00am     
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princefam
Love it!
November 25, 2012 at 6:21am     
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