Now that the entry is taking shape, there are a few elements that are sticking out in a not-so-good way. We haven’t touched the stairwell. The light, walls, stairs themselves and the railings are all just as they were when we moved in. You can’t tell in pictures, but the paint job is done in two different sheens. Or maybe just patched in places with semi-gloss paint. We’ve decided the staircase, including ripping up the carpet, painting the walls, and hanging lots of family photos would be a great project for this winter, but the railings–that’s something we’d love to do asap.
Replacing the banister and spindles would be a dream down the road, but for the most part they are not offensive, and the spindles are a lot less curvy than our last ones, so painting them would be a cost-effective update we can do easily now. Last week, I had my sister help me photoshop the two classic options Chris and I have been thinking about so we could make a more educated, visual decision, and wouldn’t you know it–we’re still stuck!
Option A. All black. I love how this feels classic but a little more edgy–I worry it may look too heavy.
Option B. Black handrail and newels with white spindles. This is super classic and traditional–I worry it may look too fancy for our casual taste.
We have gone back and forth between the two over and over. One day it’s for sure black and white, and the next we’re settled on all black. We both think both options could work, but would love to hear from you! You can vote in the widget below and/or leave a comment, too. Weigh in, would ya?
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