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...

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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

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

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

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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