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I’ve been on the hunt for hallway lights for a while.

I wanted something understated yet elegant, and of course with that pop of colour.

I’ve always been a fan of Curiousa & Curiousa’s hand blown glass lights, so I was beyond excited to get some made for my hallway.

I’ve chosen Curiousa & Curiousa’s Oshka lights for their pretty silhouettes inspired by Russian Matryoshka dolls.

There were 23 glass colours and 8 different flex colours to select from. hallway light ideas I’ve picked a large Oshka in teal and ruby. and a medium one in citron and Turkish blue. hand blown glass hallway light This citron and Turkish blue Oshka light looks great against the pale pink of my wall.

The colours harmonise so well together don’t you think? The colours were selected to match my new hallway wallpaper. I love how the ruby of my large Oshka light adds drama to the hallway.

Even better, at night when turned on, it gives off a warm red glow, like sitting by a fireplace on a cold Winter’s night. hallway lights from Curiousa and Curiousa If you stand at my door entryway, you can see both lights greeting you as you come in, adding pops of colourful happiness to the space. Incidentally, Curiousa & Curiousa have released a new light collection recently that comprise of sculptural layers of hand blown glass with walnut wood, and are inspired by American totem poles.

You can see them above, aren’t they so pretty? Anyway, hope this post has given you some inspiration on how to add more pops of colours in the hallway.

I’m so pleased with my Curiousa & Curiousa lights. They have really added that finishing touch to my hallway revamp. I’d love to know what you think.

Finally, wishing you all a wonderful start to your week.

( Home photography  by Little Big Bell. The lights were a gift )

My Victorian hallway featuring Graham & Brown’s Bloomsbury wallpaper of the year 2020.

I am really excited to reveal my newly decorated Victorian hallway using Graham & Brown’s Wallpaper of the year 2020  – The Bloomsbury Collection in Neo Mint.

As you can see the wallpaper is a beautiful statement piece.

There are 3 other colourways – Emerald ( a deep green), Stone ( a light grey) and Noir (a charcoal grey). When I first saw the wallpaper, I simply couldn’t stop staring at it.

It’s so full of joy and happiness don’t you think? Just look at those pretty, colourful flowers and butterflies.

We may be descending into Autumn, but this glorious design is bringing all those Spring vibes back indoors. I really think the colours compliment my interior space so well.

My hallway walls are painted in Graham & Brown Dee and the dado rails and skirting boards in Graham & Brown white. There are so many possibilities for the wall colour of this Victorian hallway. All you have to do is to extract the colours from the wallpaper.

Graham & Brown have actually colour matched the wallpaper to their paints.

The deeper pink of the wallpaper is colour matched to Graham & Brown Popsicle, the mint to Graham & Brown Stirling green, and the greys to Graham & Brown Stone.

The rich bottle green shade of the wallpaper  is colour matched to Graham & Brown’s Colour of the year 2020 Adeline.

My stairs are painted in Graham & Brown’s Barker Grey. The wallpaper name was inspired by the famous Bloomsbury group, taking from it that Victorian Boho aesthetic with its unconventional, eclectic and artistic style.

Graham & Brown’s paint Colour of the year 2020, Adeline, is taken from the first name of the famous writer Virginia Woolf, part of the Bloomsbury group. Victorian hallway wallpaper I wanted to restore my Victorian terrace house, in line with its era, but with my own quirky twist.

Bold floral wallpaper is very much a feature of the Victorian era.

When Graham & Brown showed me their wallpaper of the year, I knew that it would be perfect for my space.

As my hallway is narrow, I decided to wallpaper one side of the wall. Covering both sides would have probably made the space feel cramp.

The opposing wall has been painted in Graham & Brown’s Dee. Where the stairs created a visual divide, I continued the wallpapering on the opposite wall. victorian hallway style I’ve kept the doors and frames in Graham & Brown white, making the wallpaper the key focal point. I wanted the wallpaper to frame my hallway mirror, so I picked this beautiful rimless House Doctor mirror that I bought from Haygen. decorating a victorian hallway with paint and wallpaper This radiator cover has been a life saver because my existing radiator would have spoiled the look of the hallway.

I can now also place decor and scent on the cover surface to create an impact on entering. Graham & Brown wallpaper in hallway For the finishing touches, I added my favourite Pappelina rug on the floor. So, what do you think? I’d love to hear your views.

( All styling and photography of this Victorian hallway are by Geraldine Tan. Graham & Brown kindly provided the paint and wallpaper for the makeover).

Frenchic Paint Ta-Dah! Here’s my newly painted doors using Frenchic Paint , as inspired by the beautiful doors of Kenwood House in North London.

I’ve been wanting to do this for a while.

I was looking for a paint with a proven track record on wood, and after trying the samples from Frenchic Paint’s Trim range, I knew this was the one.

Frenchic Paint was founded in 2014 by Pam Gruhn, and is now one of the fastest growing chalk Paint companies in the U.K.

I have picked two colours Bon Bon (pink) and Ducky ( duck egg blue). Frenchic Paint Behind my Frenchic ‘Ducky’ blue painted door is my son’s bedroom. As you can see he really loves blue. The paint went on like a dream.

It’s a subtle satin paint with a robust finish. It really looks amazing, just like a brand new door. This door had been painted for a few weeks now, therefore I’m sure many of you with kids will know that seeing scuff marks would not be unusual..

However, as you can see in the photo, the door still looks in perfect condition. Frenchic Trim paint is as it says “providing an extremely high scuff resistance”. This is the door that leads to my workspace, and it is adjacent to my son’s room.

For those who know me well, it would have come as no surprise that I had picked pink. I’ve wanted a pink door for a long time. I resisted the temptation to paint my external front door pink.

The 2 males in my family have been more that patient with my pink transformations all over the house, so I thought it would only be fair to let them have some say in the front door colour. This is the door that leads into my special pink room, hence the perfect door for Frenchic’s Bon Bon pink. Frenchic’s Trim paint can be used directly onto wood ( bare or painted), brick, stone, plaster or any suitably primed rigid surface. I’ve recently painted my doors white, so without a huge amount of prep, apart from masking tape, I was able to apply the paint directly onto the door. It’s a gorgeous pinky tone, therefore perfect for my room. Frenchic paint is fast drying, odourless and is certified child safe. There are no VOC’s, toxins or solvents.

Above all, it has the EN71:3* certification which means that it is even safe to use on children’s toys. Frenchic Paint Finally, if you are feeling the upcycling bug, then maybe you should try some Frenchic paints. I highly recommend it.

Do keep an eye on my Instagram next week, as there will be a giveaway of Frenchic paints.

Hope you’ve enjoyed the post.

Wishing you all a wonderful start to your weeks.

( All photography and styling are by Geraldine Tan, editor of Little Big Bell.  I have also written this as a paid partnership post with Frenchic paints, but all views are my own).

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