Sometimes it's hard to come up with an original look in your home - something a little different that hasn't been done a million times before, something that isn't just 'blah' and doesn't fade into the background. A little colour drama never goes astray - this black stairwell is a brave and striking choice, and it is so dramatic that it couldn't not be a talking point. It would seriously change the look of your space - but does your hallway have enough light to handle it? With this white painted floor and stairs, as well as the perfectly-positioned window at the top of the stairs, it works really well. I love it, but I think that it would absolutely swallow up the hallway of my little mid-terrace palace-to-be. As ever, I dream on regardless. This paint is by Farrow & Ball, 14 Cornmarket, Dublin 8, Tel: 01 677 0111 or visit www.farrow-ball.com for mail order and your nearest stockist.