Staircase Ideas

Ascend and descend in style on a statement-making staircase. Try one of these ideas for turning your staircase into something special.

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    Numbered Staircase

    If you’re short on time, these quick, mess-free decals have got your number. Mask treads using painter’s tape, and paint the risers your desired color. Remove the tape before the paint is completely dry. When the risers are dry, measure to find the center of each step horizontally and vertically. Mark lightly with a pencil. Adhere the decals according to supplier’s instructions. If desired, finish with a clear sealer to protect the decals from foot traffic.

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    Colorful Staircase

    Turn leftover paint into fun fodder for your staircase. Mask off each tread with painter's tape. Starting at the top step and working down, use a small roller or two-inch brush to paint each riser in a desired color. Remove the tape before the paint has dried. Or, to create a faux runner for your staircase, paint all of the risers the same color and use a contrasting color to paint a faux runner up the stairs, painting both the risers and the treads.

    Paint Tip: Make sure all the paints you use have the same finish—we used semigloss.

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    Scene-Setting Staircase

    For a more detailed look using decals, try a mural decal on your staircase. Mask the treads with painter's tape and paint the risers in your desired color. Remove the tape before the paint dries completely. Measure the risers and cut decals to the size needed to fit on each riser. Adhere the decals according to the manufacturer's instructions. (Wait until the paint is completely dry to adhere the details.) If desired, apply clear sealer to protect the decals.

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    Wild-Side Staircase

    Use a stencil to add pizzazz to your stairs. Look at border stencils, which can be the same size as the risers, making it easy to position the stencil. This zebra-pattern border stencil happened to fit the risers
    perfectly. Mask the risers using painter’s tape, and paint a base coat (ours is white). When the paint is dry, spray the stencil back with stencil adhesive, and secure it to the top riser. Use a stencil brush and paint (we used coral) to apply the pattern. Remove the stencil and repeat on each step, working your way down the stairs. Carefully pull off the tape, and finish the risers with a clear sealer for protection.

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    Patterned Staircase

    Add panache to your staircase with patterned wallpaper. You can use a different pattern on each riser, as we did on this staircase, or you can use just one pattern. Prime steps as needed—we used a wallpaper primer on our painted risers. Cut paper slightly wider and longer than the actual risers, and adhere just as you would to a wall according to the supplier’s instructions. Use a straightedge and utility knife to trim excess paper. When dry, top with a wallpaper sealer to protect the paper.

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    Ombre Steps

    Kara’s design eye saw a potential work of art while looking at her bare and basic steps. Choosing a favorite shade of teal paint, she got to work painting the first stair riser. Adding just a bit of white paint –and a bit more each time — to each riser. She has the full tutorial over at her blog, A Kailo Chic Life.

    Image Via: A Kailo Chic Life

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    Before, Whoops, and After

    There’s nothing better than an honest blogger. Ashley Phipps and her husband had a few mishaps while remodeling their staircase; think three-five attempts at staining and sanding. Her six-part tutorial on the carpet-to-hardwood process is funny, detailed, and totally honest.

    Image Via: Simply Designing

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    Remodeled “Runner”

    An old and trodden staircase got a heck-of-a facelift. The Heathered Nest creator, Heather sets her husband, her kids, and herself on a mission to refinish the stairs. The DIY painted runner crosses the landing perfectly and continues to the bottom floor of their home. See how she did it here!

    Image Via: The Heathered Nest

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    Baluster Beauty

    Boring wood becomes beautiful metal in Kelly’s home. The View Along the Way creator shows us how to (and not to) install intricate iron balusters in place of basic wood. She has a separate post in the article about how to stain the railings, and the final product is to die for!

    Image Via: View Along the Way

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    Vintage Inspired Risers

    Your grandmother’s (or great-grandmother’s) stairs might still look like this. That means she’s in luck, because textured wallpaper stair risers are on trend right now. Amassing Cents blogger Kristen knows this well. Her home’s stairway — 20 hours and $30 later — has a special extra detail that’s not too bold, and definitely not bland.

    Image Via: Amassing Cents

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    Tear Down, Build Up

    Once a boring half wall in her home, blogger Diana was determined to bring more interest to her staircase. After adding trim and a newel post, she still wasn’t satisfied. The ultimate satisfaction came from tearing down the wall completely, and putting in her own balusters and railing. The space finally felt more open and far more interesting.

    Image Via: Vintage Home Love

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    DIY Stairwell Sophistication

    Kate’s outdated and plain blond oak staircase wasn’t sitting well with her. Finding inspiration from other bloggers and in old classic movies, she came up with a far more sophisticated look. On her blog, Centsational Girl, she covers how the railings were stained, how the wainscoting was put up, how the carpets were removed and how new trim and tread was installed. Happy reading!

    Image Via: Centsational Girl

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    No Wasted Space

    Without a storage room under his stairs, Michael did the next, most logical thing with that empty space: give his dog, Kenji, his own room. The attractive alternative to kenneling your dogs while you're away, Kenji's under-the-stairs doghouse has LED lighting, a comfy bed, plenty of room for toys, and a camera for Michael to check in with. See how he did it here!

    Image Via: Lost at E Minor

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