Woman transforms hallway with colourful DIY makeover – using just three items


What a difference some paint makes (Picture: Jam Press/@my_colourfulsquares)

If you want to give your interiors a refresh, you don’t need to spend a load of time and money on an all-out home renovation.

Sometimes, focusing in on a small area can deliver a big impact.

Take note from Kerry Lemon, 37, who transformed her hallway into a gloriously colourful and fun zone – using just three items and doing it herself on a £116 budget.

Kerry, from Shropshire, felt completely uninspired by the ‘drab’ staircase and hallway in her home, complete with plain, beige walls and brown carpeting.

So she picked up some pink paint for £60, varnish for £16, and gold leaf for £20, to make the space look brand new.

Kerry said: ‘I wanted the hallway to be an interesting space to walk through and be something that brings a smile to my face.


 The stairs and hallway before

The hallway before – looking quite dreary (Picture: Jam Press/@my_colourfulsquares)

‘I wanted it to make an instant impact. I find pink one of the happiest colours, so I knew I needed pink somewhere in the home.’

The first step was painting the lower half of the wall hot pink, leaving the top white for some contrast.

Then, she dug out some prints she already had and hung these up to create a gallery effect as you head up the stairs.


Hallway Transformation

Kerry painted the bottom half of the wall a hot pink, then matched that shade on the stairs (Picture: Jam Press/@my_colourfulsquares)


The stairs and hallway after

Gold leaf adds a luxury feel (Picture: Jam Press/@my_colourfulsquares)

Next, it was time to paint the stairs.

‘I painted the stairs the same pink as the walls, which really made the whole area pop,’ Kerry said.

‘For extra impact, I used imitation gold leaf on the stair risers.’

In total, the project cost just £116 to complete, and wasn’t too tricky.


The hallway after the transformation.

The front door got a refresh too (Picture: Jam Press/@my_colourfulsquares)

To anyone else pondering a DIY project, Kerry says go for it – but recommends My Local Toolbox for those jobs that you can’t manage alone.

She added: ‘When it comes to colour, just go for it – you won’t be disappointed.

‘A house should be home and I’m addicted to creating bold, interesting rooms.’

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