Winning Combination: Wood Staircases, White Walls

Often, when we think of decorating staircases, we think of gallery walls or unique wallpaper. But as these spaces show, sometimes all you need is a gallon of white paint.

White draws attention to stylish, sculptural staircases, but it also modernizes timeworn ones. If your staircase is a bit dark and cramped, white can open up the space considerably. While this trick also works with carpet, it seems especially well-suited to wood staircases, drawing out varnish colors, wood patterns and other pretty details.

  1. White walls show off a gorgeous, minimalist staircase from Light Locations.

  2. Older stairs look homey and chic with white walls and a metal coat rack. Via Hus & Hem.

  3. Muted walls and open risers give this staircase an ethereal, airy feel. Via Residence Magazine.

  4. Detailed tin paneled walls look fresh in white, while the color draws attention to the beautifully stained stairs. Via Dwell

  5. The lines of this artful, geometric-inspired staircase really pop thanks to the white walls. Via Architizer.

Images. 1. Light Locations 2. Björn Lofterud for Hus & Hem 3. Residence Mag via Designspiration SK 4. Dustin Aksland for Dwell 5. Architizer

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