1. <b>Achieve pretty with a pastel palette</b>
Photo, Jeremy Coulter. Design, Sills Hunniford.
If your staircase and its surrounds are all white, consider introducing touches of colour by painting wooden steps with soft pastels. This playful treatment to your risers can further lighten up the atmosphere of a holiday retreat. If you have windows lining the landing, the combination of natural light and soft hues will make for a whimsical transitional space.
2. <b>Apply wallpaper to the risers</b>
Design, Patrick Cline via Lonny.com.
So you can’t decide on just one pattern? Instead of narrowing your options, try choosing a few. Wallpaper can be used off of drywall, and stair risers provide a creative space for exploring its versatility. Consider using scraps of wall coverings from completed rooms, or obtaining some fitting samples. Every step will undoubtedly make a statement.
3. <b>Create a contemporary runner with paint and a roller</b>
Design, Debbie Christianson via the painted therapy.
Would you like a runner, without the price tag and the labour of maintenance? Forget overpriced options that require the awkward vacuuming of carpet on uneven ascents; simply paint your own runner for similar aesthetic effect.
Get the DIY instructions from Painted Therapy.
4. <b>Go graphic with your carpet</b>
Photo, Greg Hadley. Design, Braswell Design+Build.
Don’t be afraid to draw attention to a flight of stairs, even if it opens prominently into your front foyer. Let it make its own grand entrance with a graphic pattern that will wow your visitors. You can make dramatic rugs and runners work, even with traditional and otherwise minimalist décor.
5. <b>Stencil patterns onto a blank staircase</b>
Design, Amber B Interiors via simpledwellings.blogspot.com.
Stair stencilling is another do-it-yourself project that allows you to create detail by your own design. Trace with stripes, chevrons, polka dots, or whatever you please. Make your favourite pattern pop with two contrasting paint colours, or choose a muted scheme of hues for a subtler look. You may decide to use purchased stencils, or to section off shapes with painter’s tape. Mix up your motifs or miss every other riser. You are the artist behind those ascenders.
6. <b>Give your steps depth with rich colour</b>
Photo, Todd Pierson. Design, Lisa Wolfe Design, Ltd.
Dress your staircase with a suave tuxedo finish. Choose an ebony-stained wood, or paint your steps in a bold colour to establish great depth. A dark staircase may recede in space, but it will certainly stand out. This treatment creates a unique architectural accent in bright and open areas of your abode.
7. <b>Candy the banister with a colourful coating</b>
The banister is not to be forgotten when it comes to stair décor. Brighten up a safe stairwell by giving the railing a vibrant splash. If you prefer to keep your interior scheme more classic, why not give this artistic treatment to outdoor handrails, from supported porch steps to fire escapes.
8. <b>Chalk it up to playful taste</b>
You can certainly make interior décor intentionally interactive. Give the kids a spot to chalk up, and they will never ruin your walls again. Chalkboard stairs can serve as creative outlets and uplifting art boards for every member of the family. Write out your favourite quotes or mantras, and celebrate occasions with “Welcome Home” greetings and “Happy Birthday” messages. Just apply chalkboard paint or chalkboard wallpaper to the front of each step.
9. <b>Trim with washi tape</b>
Design, Gosto via gusto-webshop.com.
If you don’t have the budget for a complete staircase redo, washi tape can be a crafty accessory with an appealing price. While there are endless ways to use this adhesive tape, here’s one way to add character to your steps: simply stick a line of tape across each step for some subtle detail. Now, don’t stop there. Tack up some photos or drawings on the adjacent wall and frame them with colourful washi tape.