Staircases aren’t usually given as much thought when it comes to decorating and accessorising compared to other rooms in the home. I have a whole home to decorate and have given a lot of thought to every room but when it comes to the staircase I hadn’t given it much thought until recently. I think the reason for this is our living room, kitchen, bedrooms etc are rooms we spend a lot of time in so we want to make sure they are comfortable and look nice. When it comes to the stairs, many of us are happy with giving it a lick of paint, but your staircase can have the wow factor and I’m going to give you a few ideas to make your staircase look amazing.
Whether you just want to freshen up the paintwork, add a few accessories or give it a complete makeover you can make your stairs a talking point.
Wood, carpet or runner?
If you’re looking to spruce up your staircase then one of the first things you will want to do is decide what material you want to be walking on. You could keep it simple and natural by having wooden stairs. You could paint them, stain them or keep them natural, each has it’s advantages and charm depending on what look you like.
If you want to carpet your staircase there are a lot of choices out there but one thing you need to consider is how hard-wearing any potential carpet will be. Stairs are a high traffic area which means a good quality carpet is essential. If you don’t want a full carpet but want something comfortable under foot then an ideal solution is a runner. The great thing about runners is the fact they come in a lot of great, colourful designs so you can really make a statement with a runner.
Well-placed accessories can make or break a space. You don’t want too many that it looks cluttered but too few and it looks like you haven’t finished decorating. If you have a mid-landing space why not bring a touch of elegance and nature to your stairs with a potted plant, greenery in the homes is in at the moment and a plant would look great if you have the space for it, especially on a wooden staircase.
If you don’t have space for accessories on the floor why not turn your attentions to the walls. Personally, I love the idea of photos gradually climbing up the wall as the stairs go up. I think this is a lovely idea whether you choose to show family photos or your favourite prints it’s a great way to add colour and personality to your staircase.
Update your banister
If you have an open staircase with an open banister you can change the whole look of your stairs and give it a new lease of life with a lick of paint. If you want to invest in a new banister, Blueprint Joinery has a great selection of staircase parts which could help you upgrade your staircase and bring it into the 21st century. There are many different styles available, my personal favourite being the Square and Fluted, it looks so elegant and classic.
If you’re good at DIY then you there are a few great ideas you could try to give your stairs the wow factor. If you have an empty space under your stairs why not utilise that space and turn it into storage space. You could add a few shelves and a door to the area to hide everything out of the way. This is a relatively simple DIY project but it would definitely be a great way to utilise an unused space and create extra storage. If that project doesn’t take your fancy why not turn the empty space under your stairs into a reading nook. I love this idea and have seen photos of how people have turned their unused stair space into a cosy and relaxing reading nook. If you like this idea then search on Pinterest for reading nook under stairs and you will find a lot of great ideas.
Whether you’re looking for a DIY project to get stuck into or simply a few ideas on styling your staircase, I hope you have found the ideas and tips above helpful. If a staircase isn’t for you, why not look at stairlifts? A stairlift can help if you struggle with mobility, it will let you still have easy access to the second floor of your home. If you have any ideas for giving a staircase the wow factor I would love to hear them.