Reader Poll: What Should I Do With This Stairwell?

I'm finally getting ready to deal with the stairwell leading to my attic bedroom. I've been staring at this area for months on end with lots of ideas running through my mind, but I still haven't made a final decision. Then I thought, who better to ask for suggestions than the Apartment Therapy Community?.

Since my pocketbook won't allow me to have this professionally taken care of, this will be a DIY project. Which leads me to my biggest problem — how am I gonna get to those high areas above the stairwell? I think I'm gonna borrow or rent one of those gorilla ladders and see if that works. Any other suggestions? Next, what should I do?

Here are the facts:

  • The peach color came with the house and drives me bananas, so it has to go.

  • I want it to be vibrant and punchy, but not overwhelming.

  • I want it to make the chandelier stand out and not compete.

  • The the bottom half is dark grey and white (which is staying) and should compliment the top half.

  • I am making a black and white stair runner out of these IKEA rugs.

  • The art isn't necessarily staying.

  • I'm replacing the railing with a safer one, and it can be painted.

  • The bedroom at the top of the stairs is primarily white, grey, beige, teal, magenta and walnut. The style is casual modern.

  • Here is what I'm considering:

  • Paint it one color.

  • Paint stripes (black and white?).

  • Wallpaper it with something graphic.

  • Stencil.

  • Cover it with color chips.

  • Frame the window.

  • Do you have any ideas or suggestions? Please let me know below.

    (Image: Alysha Findley)

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    Alysha is a photographer and designer living in Seattle who loves dark chocolate, tea, and all things furry. In her spare time you'll find her with paint in her hair renovating her 1919 Craftsman and sharing the process on her blog Old House New Tricks.