Croxted Road - Dulwich Scandinavian Staircase, London
Photo: Chris Snook © 2014 Houzz
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Luisa Rollenhagen added this to
The staircase wall is brimming with framed photographs and artworks. ‘The ceiling is really high and the walls needed filling,’ Beth explains. This selection is a mix of prints by her partner, who is a graphic designer, and her pictures. ‘We’re usually on the same page with most things,’ she says, referring to their shared tastes. ‘I think our house is a collection of pieces we’ve gathered together over the years,’ she adds. ‘We curate little spaces, and it’s nice to have a theme running through them.’ The kitchen, for example, houses a collection of botanical and animal prints, while this hallway is ‘much more graphic and quite monochrome’. The couple installed a big skylight at the top of the stairwell to flood the previously dark space with light. The pendant shades are from Ikea, although Beth picked them up in a charity shop. Leran pendant light, Ikea.
Jo Simmons added this to
Update the traditional Shapely spindles are a feature of traditional staircases from the Victorian era, but they can still be given a contemporary feel with a coat of paint in an on-trend shade, such as this dark grey. Teamed with velvety purple carpet, this staircase looks beautifully up to date.
Cheryl Freedman added this to
Spread a little sunshineIn this upstairs hall, a skylight lets sunlight flow into what would have been a dark landing. It’s not a quick fix, but consider asking your builder whether it’s possible. Other solutions are ‘sun tunnels’, which funnel light into gloomy spots. It’s not just the skylight that lifts this space, though: luxe purple carpet just on the stairs is a smart way to introduce colour without it becoming overwhelming. I also love the bright yellow print.Find out other ways a skylight could transform your home
Coral Interiors added this to
Open up the roofStairways, particularly in terraced houses, can be lacking in natural light. If you’re planning a big renovation, consider adding a light well, skylight or roof lantern to flood natural light from above down the landing and stairs during the day. And what better light than that cast by the moon to add a little moody sparkle after dark?
Anna Tobin added this to
Install a roof lightThe hallways of some terraced homes have no natural light at all. To brighten up such an area, remove the ceiling at the very top of the stairs and insert a roof window into the slope of the roof above. This will instantly brighten things up. If you’re about to embark on a loft extension, it’s the ideal time to make such an addition.Find out all you need to know about extending your loft
Owl Design added this to
Install a light wellStairs can be notoriously dark areas of the house, unless you’re lucky enough to have a large window. One way to combat this is to install a glass roof light like the one shown here. This adds height and drama to the stairway, and brings daylight down through the house.
Kate Burt added this to
Say yes to a stairwell to heavenAnother great use for roof windows is to flood daylight down into a stairwell. So many homes have dark hallways and landings, and with the installation of a roof window in just the right position, those dark staircases can be a thing of the past.