White painted panelling lends a fresh look.
To lighten up the entryway, H&H style editor Michael Penney and his wife Sara spent a labour-intensive 18 hours painting the staircase white. They ripped up the old red carpet on the stairs to reveal the original oak treads, and left the handrail au naturel as well. For pops of colour, they added a bright turquoise console, art, greenery, umbrella stand and a striped runner, all in tones of green and blue for consistency. Read more about decorating his main floor.
Read all about Michael's new house — including before shots and DIY projects — in his blog, tour through each floor on Online TV, see the full story in our June 2011 issue, and browse all before and after photos in the online gallery.