When my husband and I impulsively tore out much of our home's carpeting two weeks ago, the stairs were a big concern. Both sets are plywood, and we're still deciding how we'll upgrade them.
For now, I'm daydreaming of real wood treads and risers with actual character. Paint, tile, wallpaper, and stencils — even something as unexpected as rulers (Image 10) — can add interesting color and pattern. If you're really creative, your stairs can even offer a lesson in French conjugation (Image 9).
(Images: 1. Better Homes and Gardens 2. Jonny Valiant for Real Simple 3. Lonny 4. Commune Design 5. Michele Lee Wilson for California Home + Design 6. Canadian House and Home 7. Pablo Blanco Barros 8. Jean Longpre for Canadian House and Home via Arianna Belle 9. Laurence Pasquier via CasaSugar 10. Poppytalk )