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The staircase has always been more than just a practical means to get from one floor to another. It's a revered focal point of any hallway or living space with the ability to make theatrical statements.
Not only do they bridge together rooms and stories within a house, but they're often the first feature a guest encounters at the entrance. Therefore, they must be decorated with as much consideration and polish as the rest of the house.
Staircases are literally the spine of the home. If you want yours to be a step above the rest, these staircase ideas will fuel you with inspiration no matter your style.
Whether you want to paint, re-carpet, or do as little work as humanly possible, we've got plenty of creative ideas to update your staircase. There's a plan on this list that's perfect for your preferences and your budget.
Bring on colour and pattern, make your staircase the most Instagrammable spot in your house.
PAINT ON THE PATTERN
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Old-world craftsmanship sails brilliantly into the new world - from bold colour combinations to eye-catching patterns and techniques, there are some brilliant ideas for painting your stairs this summer.
A durable painted stairway is an attractive option for these high-traffic areas. Create a style statement with delicate-looking stencils that add visual interest to an otherwise basic-looking staircase, and tie the whole look together.
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If you're not much of a Picasso, skip the paint and opt for a printed wallpaper instead. If you want the wow factor, adhering a bold print to the risers of your stairs will add tons of drama in the period of an afternoon off.
A beautiful wallpaper pattern introduces instantaneous personality into a hallway colour scheme. If you've got some leftover wallpaper rolls, upcycle them and apply them to your stair risers. Another option would be to purchase some peel-and-stick wallpaper; it's an easy way to add a pattern to your stairs if you're not ready to commit to one print for the rest of your life.
A STRIKING RUNNER
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Add a touch of elegance, texture, and colour to your home's interior staircase by installing a carpet runner. Runners are a classic staircase covering for a reason; they combine style while also cushioning the sound of footsteps, and preventing slips and falls.
A striking runner transforms the stairs, making them look like a work of art. But just like with the rest of the home, stair runner styles are a very personal thing. We have hand-selected some of our favourite Runner rugs for your stairway design project.
KEEP IT CONTRASTED
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Keep it classic. Stain and paint are both great options for reviving a boring staircase, but mixing both mediums makes for a heavenly combo.
Fully carpeted stairs are outdated. It's time to tear out the old carpet on your stairs and give it a traditional, timeless style; dark espresso brown for the rail and steps and classic white for the risers for a clean and updated look. This understated staircase look embodies elegance.
LIGHT IT UP
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Lighting is a necessary element in any room of the house, so you shouldn’t scrimp on your staircase either. A design that focuses on light enhances the look of your staircase and the wider area, but also serves a practical purpose in terms of safety.
A backlit design is a decorative and functional design that will make it the focal point of your living room or foyer.
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Finally, don't forget the space under your stairs when styling your home. If you're lucky enough to have an empty space between the stairs and the wall, make the most of it with smart accessories. Why not create a reading nook with bookshelves and a bench or add in a storage unit to tuck extra clutter away.