Sunday, March 16 2014
If you live in a two-story house, chances are the staircase is one of the first things you see when you walk into your home. Often overlooked, stairways are a great place to make a small but fun impact. It doesn't take a ton of work to add a runner, wallpaper the risers or paint the balusters, but it can make a huge statement in your room.
These tiled stairways that Justina Blakeney posted on Instagram recently caught my eye. Finishing your stairs this way would add such a punch to an otherwise neutral room, but it's not too kooky for comfort.
Another option is to add a runner:
The leopard print runner on the left continues the maximalist theme up to the second floor, while the patchwork runner in the middle adds a bit of interest to a black and white room. Theleopard stairs on the right have a more neutral effect than those in the first photo, but still make a statement.
Domino magazine also posted this runner made from cut-up cowhides recently on its Instagram page, which gives the room a casual but sophisticated vibe:
Another trend is painting the balusters or risers in ombre colors, gradually getting lighter or darker as you walk up the stairs:
It's not a look for those who identify as color-shy, but it looks bright and cheery, especially against a white wall. (images here, here and here)
Finally, if you're building a new home or in the middle of a renovation, you can add some funky stairs that will add some architectural detail to your home.
This wooden staircase doesn't take up a lot of visual space and would warm up a modern house while staying true to the style of the home.
This glass staircase is equally modern. Although cleaning it might be a pain, it's a bold look for a secondary staircase that doesn't get the heavy traffic of the main stairwell.
Again, if practicality isn't a concern, these stairs almost serve as an art installation. This staircase commands attention, and the space underneath would be perfect for a set of chairs or a long sofa.
Which ideas do you like best for your home? The stairway isn't a spot that you'd think would make a lot of difference, but as Charles Eames once said, "The details are not the details. They make the design."
Jessica Lipscomb for Walter Price Design Build
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