The stairwell in my old house had to be painted repeatedly, but it was only a 5 step stairwell and the walls were easily reached. Which was a good thing in fact because I am a total clutz and managed to fall down the stairs on my butt one night with an open bottle of cough syrup in my hand. I ended up splattering red cough syrup on the wall, the whole way down the steps. I’m here to tell you that if that should ever happen to you, just paint the wall. It won’t come off. I promise.
But this stairwell is much different. We knew that when we finally made a decision, it would have to be a pretty permanent one. We didn’t want to have to do it over again. So one day, we ran across some paintable textured wallpaper and we came up with an idea that worked for us.
For this project we used:
We put in two sections of trim at the top of the chair rail, just far enough apart to put the wallpaper border in between.
Then after much trial and error, we chose two contrasting colors for our entrance way. We painted the chair rail and “wainscoting” a cream color and from the chair rail up, a dark fern green. I particular love how the use of one color on the trim and the textured wallpaper gives the wall a “carved wood” look. In fact, we have been asked several times if it is carved.
The two contrasting colors and the high chair rail with wainscoting broke up the vast expanse of the hallway and gave the entranceway and stairwell a ton of well needed character.
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