7 Stylish Ways to Spruce Up Your Staircase

updated Jan 9, 2020
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Whatever happened to the days of grandiose staircases? You know, the ones with multiple landings with a lavish chandelier hanging in the middle à la “Dynasty” or “Clueless.” Today, it often feels like staircases are less of a statement and more of a practical means to get from point A to point B.

But it doesn’t have to be that way. At Apartment Therapy, we believe it’s important to style every square inch of your house. Yes, including your staircase. Whether you’re dealing with a modern, spiraled case or a couple of steps, there are plenty of ways to take your stairs to the next level.

Below, a few ideas to kickstart your inspiration:

1. Speckled Steps

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Living in a rental? Add strips of temporary wallpaper to the riser. We’re loving this speckled style from Chasing Paper that A Beautiful Mess used.

2. Wall to Wall

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Go big or go home with a sweet wallpaper a la this English manor. Now that’s what we call a statement wall.

3. The Art of The Matter

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There’s no design problem some great art can’t fix. We love the jumbo piece Massucco Warner Miller places by this staircase.

4. More is Merrier

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Or, as designer Anthony Carrino argues, why have one large painting when you can have an entire gallery wall?

5. Totally Floored

For a style that’ll make a statement at any angle, grab a rug. This rainbow style from The Rug Company is perfect for design risk-takers.

6. Smart Spaces

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The under-staircase storage space in this Prospect Heights Home is both practical and pretty.

7. Green With Envy

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Jennifer Laskey and Hunter Hall‘s stairwell is the perfect solution for aspiring plant parents.