This stairway was always going to be dark.  There are no windows and no natural light and it’s leading down to the lowest floor.  It looked blank and utilitiarian and most uninviting.  It was never going to look light and spacious….

So why fight it?  It took a week to hand paint these walls to look like marble panels – white-veined marble with black surrounds.  To top it off, the offcuts from some kelim runners covered up the dated tiles on the floor.  This has created a dark and moody look, that at the very least, tempts you to see where it leads….