The Daring, Colourful Wallpaper I Chosen for the Prime of the Basement Stairwell | Wit & Delight


Kitchen dining area with wood paneling on the walls, a center island, a coffee station, and a basement stairwell on the left.
A have a look at how the basement stairwell (on the left) connects with the kitchen.

Once I final wrote about our basement design undertaking, we had simply completed portray the basement stairs! This transformation made such a giant distinction, and it was the primary of some updates I knew I needed to make within the basement stairwell.

In the present day I’m writing in regards to the newest replace in our basement design undertaking: the wallpaper I chosen for the basement stairwell.

Learn on for all the small print on why I selected the wallpaper sample I did.

The Ottoline Wallpaper I Chosen for the Basement Stairwell

I selected a daring, distinctive wallpaper sample from Ottoline known as Bloomsbury Stripes. I really like the colours, the size, and that it reads like a stripe—however with a giant twist. This wallpaper will likely be put in on the partitions on the prime of the basement stairwell, extending from the ceiling to the painted wooden paneling. I feel this wallpaper would make a huge impact in any smaller area like a powder room or hallway.

Basement stairwell with a mock-up of an Ottoline wallpaper installed at the top
A mock-up of how the Ottoline wallpaper will have a look at the highest of the basement stairwell.

Right here’s Why I Selected This Ottoline Wallpaper

This was a extremely exhausting wallpaper to pick as a result of there are such a lot of design parts surrounding the spot the place it is going to be put in! The steps open up proper into the kitchen eating space, entrance hallway from the storage, visitor toilet, and Birdie’s room (previously the visitor room). I had to consider how the wallpaper would tie in with the design of every of those rooms. I additionally needed to think about how the wallpaper would play with the adjoining supplies—primarily the feel of the marble flooring and the wooden paneling on the partitions. Any wallpaper sample that was the identical scale because the paneling felt flawed, as did any sample that appeared too natural just like the veining on the marble.

Kitchen dining area with blue-painted cabinets, wood paneling, a white pendant light, a center island, and marble flooring
A have a look at how the basement stairwell (pictured behind the island) connects with the kitchen.

Initially, I used to be contemplating wallpaper with a small dot sample, however I stored coming again to this zigzag striped Ottoline sample. There’s one thing in regards to the scale of the sample and the colours on this wallpaper that tie in very well with the adjoining wooden and marble supplies. It acts as a pleasant bridge between the entire various design parts. It additionally works as a beautiful backdrop to the colours of the kitchen cupboards!

What’s Subsequent for the Basement Design Undertaking

Here’s a record of the updates to return, most of which is able to occur all through this summer time:

  • Set up the Ottoline wallpaper on the prime of the basement stairwell.
  • Add a brand new gentle fixture on the prime of the stairwell. 
  • Set up a brand new stair runner.
  • Set up a brand new handrail within the stairwell. 
  • Deliver a number of extra furnishings and decor items into the basement household room. A couple of of the items I ordered arrived this month! The household room is already trying so completely different, in the perfect means.
  • Replace the wine room (see extra of this room on this publish). We’ll do a limewash end or paint the brick, replace the sunshine fixtures, and replace the plumbing.


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