A few years ago I wrote about a distressed glazing technique which has a distressed feel to it, a way we developed to add visual texture to your walls that doesn't like a stock rag rolling. Here, we take this process one step further.
Nantucket Entry by T. Keller Donovan, wainscoting on staircase, blue wall with family and sea art. I'd put a large port hole window at the foot of the stairs. Maybe a grey instead of blue and like this for the living room and hall.