Another day…another home-improvement project. Today’s subject is the staircase in our entrance hall. Sixteen years ago, I covered the 19-century steps in brilliant red carpeting. A wise color choice? Well, yes and no. Solid red certainly looks dramatic. On the other hand, it accentuates every speck of lint deposited by shoes, socks, and paws. It’s time for a re-do. Check out the carpets we considered, and meet the winning swatch:
Now, if you, too, are seeking carpet for your staircase, my advice is to first look at myriad pictures on Pinterest. There, you will discover that the carpet of your dreams is available only in England:
Swoon. I want the wallpaper, too.
Back to the real world. We visited local carpet shops, and brought home the following swatches to try:
We brought home swatches in shades of solid red, because we are blessed with short memories.
Very. Short. Memories.
Now we’re getting somewhere. We liked the red and gold swatch (upper left corner).
This swatch looked great in the store, but showed poorly on our staircase. ‘Twas too dark.
Bingo! We loved the multi-tones of this swatch. It’s called “Crimson.”
Crimson’s red background will provide the drama we desire. And its cream and gray-green tones will do wonders to hide lint and other debris between vacuumings.
Furthermore, the carpet doesn’t clash with our entrance hall’s cream and blue-green wallpaper…
Or its pale green wainscoting.
And best of all, Crimson looks like the offspring of our entrance hall runner!
So “Crimson” is the winner in our quest for a dramatic-but-practical staircase covering. The carpet will be installed in mid-July. I look forward to showing you the finished staircase!
Any projects pending in your own home right now? Talk to me in the comments field below.