Monday, December 5, 2005
Room for Improvement: Staircase
Talk about going to a whole new level. Tonight, Martin Amado is movin' on up. In this week's Room for Improvement, he's showing us why designing the stairway is a way to give your home a step up.
WSVN--Today's Room for Improvement is used everyday by those who live in a two-story home, yet sometimes it's the most often ignored, I am talking about a staircase landing. Not a lot of floor space and too many walls but it can still complement the rest of your home's decor.
Martin: "Hi Barbara Good morning, nice to see you."
Martin:"This is the space wow that you need the magic to happen, right."
Martin: "What seems to be the problem what are you not happy with it right now?"
Barbara:"I recently took down the wallpaper and I don't know what to do, I wanted to be decorated like the rest of my house."
Martin: "Transition areas such as staircase landing or even hallwayare the perfect place to display family photos and create a gallery wall, so that's exactly what we are gonna do, but not before we paint."
Martin: "There is not much to clear out which is good for me."
Barbara had this console table in another room, but it works great here because it's narrow and doesn't impede the traffic flow, and if you notice it's brass, so it picks up on the chandelier.
It's always better to lay out your photos on the floor first and then transfer the design on to the wall.
These plate racks make perfect photoframe holders.
Large walls can be tricky to decorate so this rod-iron grate gives it a nice wow factor in the staircase.
These carpet runners will help bring some color to the floor, but always remember to lay down a rug pad first, that way it keeps it from sliding over hard surfaces such as wood or tile.
Simple lamp shades on their existing chandelier softens this light fixture and updates at the same time.
Candles, decorative accessories and a small pedestal complete the makeover.
What was an empty and non-inspiring staircase landing this morning is now a beautiful space to enjoy everyday filled with family keepsakes. Final budget, less than $900.
Martin:"One, two, three..."
Barbara: "Oh my goodness, oh it's gorgeous."
Barbara: "It looks like a room instead of a way to get from one room to another."
Martin: "Don't ignore transition areas such as hallways or staircase landings. Even though it's a small space, it can still be turned into something special. Until next week."
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