Step It Up: 10 Creative Ways to Paint Your Stairs

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If your home is more than one story and you are not able to leap ten feet in a single bound, you probably have a staircase. Maybe you resent your staircase because it is boring, or ugly. But instead of seeing your stairs as an eyesore, you could think of them as a giant blank canvas. Why not try out one of these ten creative ways to paint your stairs?

Above: try painting each riser in a different brilliant color. One of those little sample cans would probably be enough for each step. From Better Homes & Gardens.

These ombre stairs from Design*Sponge would require a little work on the mixing front... but they look more than worth it.

This idea is sort of a hybrid of the ones above, and I love it. Different colors in different shades that fade into one another = painted staircase perfection. From Marie Claire Maison.

A painted staircase runner makes for a classic look. Planete Deco via Glamour.

Add a little something extra to a painted runner with stripes down the middle. From Faded Plains.

Here's a fun idea that turns the painted stair runner on its head: instead of painting the middle of the stairs, paint the edges, so the 'runner' is the natural wood color. Photo from Skona Hem via Apartment Therapy.

For a really bold look, you could paint a pattern that repeats on each tread. Spotted on Sketch42.

Try painting the whole staircase in a single, bold color, and then continuing that color up one of the walls. Image from LASC Studio.

Say it with stairs! Painted words on the stairs from Penny, Petra & Sydney's Gorgeous, Artful Home.

And finally, a beautiful mural (with some inspiring words) painted on the staircase risers, spottted on Mi Casa es Feng. While a project like this might be a bit time consuming (and probably only suited for the more artistically gifted among us), the results look more than worth it.

- Re-edited from a post originally published 9.01.2014

(Image credits: BHG; Design*Sponge; Marie Claire Maison; Planete Deco; Faded Plains; Skona Hem; Sketch42; LASC Studio; Leela Cyd; Mi Casa es Feng)