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7 Chic Ways to Update Your Staircase

APRIL 7, 2018
Photo credit: Design by Studio LIFE/STYLE

First impressions do matter and if your entryway opens up to your staircase it's important it doesn't get short shifted in the decorating department. In many homes, the staircase is one of the first things you see when you open the front door. And as you may have experienced, stairs tend to get scuffed from all the heavy foot traffic. Though they're utilitarian in purpose and serve as a transition from upstairs to downstairs, they don't have to lack style.

Whether you're trying to keep a staircase safe and feet from slipping, or are dealing with worn-out carpet or knicked-up treads, these easy tips and tricks for your staircase will help elevate your home!

1. Add a runner

Image via Pinterest

Nothing updates a staircase faster then a runner! Striped or patterned options—such a fun leopard print—are great for heavy duty traffic staircases. And surprisingly a sisal or jute is also another great option for high traffic areas. Adding rods will create a classic look, while going without produces a more clean, contemporary look.

2. Pull out the paint

Painted staircase

Image via Remodelista

Love that modern farmhouse look? Well, simply painting your stairs can help achieve that vibe. Painting can be a faster and more cost effective way to update your staircase rather than restaining or refinishing the wood. Also, for a more paired back look try painting your risers to incorporate a complementary color.


3. Use tile

Spanish tile staircase

Image via Jute Home

While tile may not work in every home, it looks incredible in a Spanish revival or coastal home. Tile staircases combine symmetry with creativity, sometimes blending multiple patterns by riser with steadfast horizontal repetition. 


4. Go vintage

Image via Studio Life.Style

Want a vintage look? You can get creative and piece together small kilim rugs to create a unique, one-of-a-kind runner. The key is to find three to four small rugs in a similar color scheme, so the result looks seamless and cohesive. 


5. Add a mural 

paint mural staircase

Image via Old Home Love

If you're up for a little DIY—try painting a mural on your stairscase! You can pick your image, have it printed on vinyl and adhere it to your staircase. Voilà! Now, this look packs a serious punch!


6. Don't forget about the banister

Painted black banister

Image via SF Girl by the Bay

Bye, bye boring brown banister and hello black banister! Make an impact on your staircase by painting the banister a bold color and try a high gloss finish to add more contrast and extra style.


7. Try wallpaper 

wallpapered staircase

Image via MyDomaine

Hanging wallpaper in your stairwell is a great way to add interest to your space.  You can make a big impact with a bold large-scale floral print or use a subtle pattern like seagrass for some extra texture.

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