Down Hall Reception

First impressions really do count, and the old reception at Down Hall did not do justice to the grandeur of the interior. < Back to Projects
Down Hall Reception Refurbishment by Rachel McLane Ltd
Down Hall Reception Refurbishment by Rachel McLane Ltd

Our brief was to refurbish Down Hall reception in a manner that continued the expectations of guests arriving in front of the historic building.

The reception is a high traffic area, and space needed opening up to allow circulation, although still had to feel approachable rather than sterile.

The first thing we did was to create a focal point by adding a faux fireplace and chimney breast. The fire itself is a reclaimed antique, in keeping with the era of the building and appears to have been revealed rather than a new addition.

We worked with existing panelling, and added to it, before painting with a bold period colour that makes a statement in itself.

You can see other projects at Down Hall by visiting our Hotel Interiors gallery.

The new parquet floor is real wood effect vinyl – chosen for its acoustic and hard-wearing properties.

Working around two structural columns, we designed a new shape reception desk.

The reception desk itself, although a huge improvement its predecessor, is clad with temporary materials; the availability of its final veneer and marble finishes being delayed by COVID. We hope to have these installed very soon.

The new reception has received many positive comments – and is far more in keeping with a stately home.

Images are copyright and kindly supplied by Down Hall.