If you look carefully at the picture of the stairs in the 'before' photos, you'll see there's already a black and white tiled floor to work with in the main hall.
I like the idea of mixing the classic checkerboard floor with a more contemporary approach. For example, the hallway below a la Suzanne Kasler is classic but contemporary in its simplicity and lightness. I love how fresh and unstuffy it looks. And bye bye Mr Red Carpet on the stairs (what were they thinking)!!
You gotta admit, it's a step up from the current arrangement. For some reason, terracotta is a big hit in Irish interiors (yuck!). At least the carpet is neutral but I wonder whether original timber floors lurk beneath...
Next, let's step into the dining room. I'm thinking of a scheme somewhere in between the following two looks, one of which featured in a recent edition of Lonny and the other is by Kelly Hoppen.