Friday Fun: Staircases to Heaven

You know by now how obsessed I am with beautiful hallways and staircases that entice you upstairs with the promise of heavenly delights to come…

Champagne and … is that pot to tempt you? From Archzine.fr
Bit of a mish-mash of wallpapers going on there, but that parquet is to die for! From Elle Decor.
Tiles and intricate metalwork – my idea of heaven! From maisonsybilles.canalblog.com
Perhaps a little too classical, but I love the colour here. From postcardsfromtheridge.com
Almost monochrome simplicity, from greigedesign.com
Last, but not least, this relatively unrestored chateau has a staircase in very good nick, from sfgirlbybay.com

Friday Fun: Staircases

What I liked instantly about the house I am living in now was the generously proportioned hallway and staircase with gallery. This is a rarity in the UK, where hallways tend to be narrow, dark and cramped. Although I never got round to renovating the hallway, here are some ideas for when I do have that time and money.

Simple but effective ascending shades of colour, from ritely.com
The colour on the walls might be a bit too dark, but you can’t deny the strong statement this makes, from theinspiredroom.com
I love patterned tiles, although I’ve taken a tumble on tiled or marble stairs and cannot recommend them. From a house in Bordeaux, from charlesrayandcoco.com
Now for the more aspirational, looking like a 1930s film set, just waiting for Greta Garbo to waft in. From ArchitectureArtDesigns
Another chateau-inspired effort, from houzz.com
A lot of staircase for a relatively small amount of space, from Behind Closed Doors.
More of a museum or public building statement staircase, but I wouldn’t mind the intricate  metalwork, from ArchitectureArtDesigns

Friday Fun: Staircases to Heaven and Books

Ascending staircases to see the views from the top or to access treasured books? Is there anything more dreamy in this world than a spiral staircase (although they are a pain to climb)?

The ultimate of staircases to heaven – or to the Pope. From the Vatican Museum.

The colour scheme of a Greek island, from Indigorock on Tumblr.

From the Gustave Moreau Museum in Paris.

Staircase from the Peles Castle museum in Sinaia, Romania.

Staircase in a Brazilian private villa, from Tempodadelicadeza.br

Relatively simple modern style, from Pinterest.

Outdoor spiral, from terracezlwre.com

Friday Fun: Staircase to Heaven

It was the staircase which sold the house in England to me 10+ years ago. The stairs were dark, dingy, very 70s, but they turned the corner in a large hallway (not at all common in UK homes) and had a gallery running all the way around the first floor. I’ve repainted the wood and got rid of the wallpaper, but I have great plans for that staircase…

Meanwhile, here are some staircases which might inspire you.

Stylish and practical - book-lined staircase, by Agnes Macadam on Sugar.com
Stylish and practical – book-lined staircase, by Agnes Macadam on Sugar.com

For lovers of the grandiose. Abbaye de Fontevraud, picture by Nicolas Matheus, from Remodelista.
For lovers of the grandiose spiral. Abbaye de Fontevraud, picture by Nicolas Matheus, from Remodelista.

For lovers of the modest spiral (and wheeee!), from sugar.com
For lovers of the modest spiral (and wheeee!), from sugar.com

Oresman Library, from Domaine Home.
Oresman Library, from Domaine Home.

For chateau lovers, from Affinity Prestige.
For chateau lovers, from Affinity Prestige.

For traditionalists, from mfamb.com
For traditionalists, from mfamb.com

For modernists, from houzz.com
For modernists, from houzz.com

For lovers of the uncomfortable, from homedit.com
For lovers of the uncomfortable, from homedit.com

Perfect for posing. From houzz.com
Perfect for posing. From houzz.com