5 Ways to Dress Wood Stairs
Those of us that own or rent two story homes live with a staircase. Often the staircase is carpeted, but it can also possess wood risers with stained or painted treads. Having a carpeted stair runner allows for the best of both worlds – it exposes the beauty of the stained or painted treads but also inserts a nonslip comfortable surface for the dozens of trips made up and down each day. Here a five different choices to consider for dressing your home’s wood staircase.
Neutral Sisal. This natural fiber is a timeless choice and the neutral shades in sisal are a pleasant backdrop to dramatic impact or statement pieces incorporated in other ways such as a colorful velvet sofette and large scale botanical wallpaper.
Dramatic. If you’re looking to make a statement, a wide striped runner will do the trick. This eye-catching pattern enhances the dramatic contrast between the black and white tones present in this entry.
Geometric. For years, geometric prints have reigned supreme in the textile world and a motif present in a runner ensures a contemporary look on your staircase. Opt for a repeat that plays off the existing hues present in the stain and paint for a pattern that is sure to complement instead of compete.
Coastal. A classic stripe is a timeless choice that will also add a coastal or cottage vibe to a staircase. Dash & Albert offers a multitude of choices and this step by step tutorial will help you install a similar version yourself.
But then again, there’s something truly beautiful about leaving the staircase alone and not adding a runner at all. Purposefully choosing to not include a runner allows the stained wood to take the spotlight, and when coupled with white risers and balusters, the contrast is striking.
What say you? What look do you prefer on a stained wood staircase – a runner or nothing at all?
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