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: Libraries Big Enough for Stairs

There is something aspirational (and yet something that feels so right and natural) about staircases in libraries. Why would you ever not have a spiral staircase or a ladder if you have a large home library?

Ah, maybe because the ceilings are too low? In the house in England, where my younger son’s bunk bed might be too tall to fit, I think I can safely reach even the highest shelf without a stepladder.

House on the Rock, Wisconsin. From its website.
House on the Rock, Wisconsin. From its website.

The Oresman Library.
The Oresman Library.

Sobre spiral in metal, from Pinterest.
Sobre spiral in metal, from Pinterest.

OK, this is a professional bookstore in Mexico, but how inspirational is this? From CNN website.
OK, this is a professional bookstore in Mexico, but how inspirational is this? From CNN website.

Just one simple wall... from mocooo.com
Just one simple wall… from mocooo.com

A mezzanine without books is a bit of a waste... From somethingblond.blogspot.com
A mezzanine without books is a bit of a waste… From somethingblond.blogspot.com

For the modernists, from Decoist.com
For the modernists, from Decoist.com

For the classicists, from rebrn.com
For the classicists, from rebrn.com

From the outside, looking in... From Decoist.com
From the outside, looking in… From Decoist.com