the entrance to the second floor (the unit we are re-doing) definitely needed a refresher. since painting the WHOLE area would have been too much to take on, marge came up with the idea of using their house as an inspiration.
the above photo is from the staircase at my parent's house. the staircase has two tones of paint... a darker color at the railing height and lighter at the top. we used that idea to upgrade my front entrance.