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.
Chromatic green banisters via Ceiling Explorer
Chromatic blue banisters in Martha Stewart Living
via Bright Bazaar
Orla Kiely wallpaper on risers, via Happily Nested
Cute quotation stairs from justbesplendid via Pinterest
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Risers patterned with stencils from the Royal Design Studio
, via the Style Files
Stenciled risers from French By Design via Pinterest
Multi-colored stripes from the neotraditionalist via Pinterest
Charlotte Gueniau's home photographed by Christophe Dugied via French By Design
Pink spiral staircase photographed by Bruno Suet, via myadventureisyouradvantage.com
Images as linked above.