Creating beautiful spaces

06/11/2011

Hummingbird wallpaper from top of stairsDecorating projects come in all shapes and sizes and have their own unique set of challenges.

I have just completed a wonderful interior decorating project in Leicester city centre in a beautiful Victorian terrace with many original features.

As part of the interior re-decoration the client wanted the stunningly beautiful Cole and Son Humming Birds wallpaper, a design dating from 1755 applied to three areas on the stairway.

This traditional Victorian terrace has stairs accessed from the back room that are steep and narrow with shallow treads so for this decorating project the main challenge was access.
Access tower on stairs in Leicester
The access tower breaks down into small sections that can be assembled on site, but with only millimetres to spare space was very tight.

The client had chosen Farrow & Ball paint; All White estate emulsion for the ceiling and Farrow & Ball Clunch 2009 estate emulsion for one of the long drops with Farrow & Ball All White estate eggshell for the woodwork.

Preparation and painting are pretty straight forward even when working at heights. It is frustrating to climb to the top of the tower only to discover your abrasive paper and filler knife are still at the bottom but after many such lessons I have a pretty good system and things went pretty much without a hitch.

Humming Bird wallpaperThe Cole and Son Humming Bird wallpaper is stunning but with four and a half metre lengths working with such long drops in such a confined space tested both my skill and resolve. The quality of the Cole and Son print and paper made a considerable difference but with no natural light and lots of shadow there were a few tense moments.

Hummingbird wallpaper from top of stairsThe final result is stunning. The height of the stairway and its enclosed design creates the illusion of walking into an exotic aviary. The Cole and Son Humming Bird wallpaper created from a hand painted design from 1755 is very dramatic but the soft hand drawn lines complement the space and add the interest and impact the client visualised.

You can find Juniper-ash Decorating working on large and small projects from Victorian terraces in Leicester city centre, 1940’s homes in Nottingham, small cottages in Waltham on the Wolds or new builds in Melton Mowbray so if you have a decorating project give Liz a call on 01664 851502.

Juniper-ash Decorating, creating beautiful spaces.

Materials used on this project:
Walls:
Cole & Son Humming Bird Wallpaper

Farrow & Ball Estate Emulsion Clunch 2009

Woodwork:
Farrow & Ball Estate Eggshell All White

Ceiling:
Farrow & Ball Estate Emulsion All White