When I was a kid growing up in a house, stairs were just an obstacle to getting where I wanted to go. I habitually took them two at a time, flying over the carefully selected runner and barely noticing the antique banisters. But now that I live in a one-level apartment, stairs have become not only a coveted luxury, but also a missed opportunity for color and whimsy. Here are some lucky stair-owners who have taken full advantage of this opportunity.From stenciled, striped or wallpapered risers to the chromatically painted banisters to hot pink through and through, here is a range of unexpectedly colorful ways to decorate stairs.
1 Chromatic green banisters via Ceiling Explorer
2 Chromatic blue banisters in Martha Stewart Living via Bright Bazaar
3 Orla Kiely wallpaper on risers, via Happily Nested
4 Cute quotation stairs from justbesplendid via Pinterest
5 & 6 Risers patterned with stencils from the Royal Design Studio, via the Style Files
7 Stenciled risers from French By Design via Pinterest
8 Multi-colored stripes from the neotraditionalist via Pinterest
9 Charlotte Gueniau's home photographed by Christophe Dugied via French By Design
10 Pink spiral staircase photographed by Bruno Suet, via myadventureisyouradvantage.com
Images as linked above.