8 Ways to Decorate a Staircase

Stairs may not be the first thing most of us think about decorating, but simple details like a coat of paint, a little bit of pattern, or the perfect runner can make them the highlight of a home. Click below for 8 ways to treat your stairs, from rainbow treads to faux floating steps...

This painted staircase from Living Etc. creates the illusion of floating steps by matching the risers with the white wall, while staining the treads dark.

This staircase from our Shaker Brick House Tour incorporates painted treads, a traditional runner, and stair rods to keep the carpet in place.

This spiral staircase from an attic room in the Lloyd Hotel becomes the focal point of the space with a coat of bright red paint. Other details in the same color tie a hodge-podge of architectural elements together.

Two versions of black and white stairs: graphic signage in the "Level 5" staircase featured on Typornography, and classic black and white stairs from StairPorn.

This staircase from architect Roy McMakin's portfolio uses pale yellow to highlight the Victorian details of a classic banister and hallway staircase.

Two colorful options: rainbow stairs from Domino and concentrated color from a Danish home.

These painted stair runners from AT:Boston are an inexpensive alternative to a carpet and rod system.

Shawna's wallpapered stairs are simple, beautiful, and totally DIYable.

More stair love from AT:
Close-up: The Amazing Staircase
Staircases from the 1100 Architect Portfolio
Roundup: Best Staircase Storage Solutions
Glass Staircases from the NY Times
Tolo House: The House of Staircases