Your stairs aren't just a convenient way to get from one floor to another — they're also a blank canvas just waiting for your creative touch. Here are 13 ways to step up your look.
Above: Wallpapered risers give a staircase a distinctive look, as seen on Domino.
From BHG: painting treads in different brilliant colors will give your staircase a cheerful look.
A colorful, graphic pattern gives the classic stair runner a modern twist, as seen on Keltainen talo rannalla. If you decide to go for this look, don't forget to secure your stair runner so you don't fall down the stairs.
I love the look of these ombre stairs, spotted on Ladnebebe.
The blogger at Cozy Little Cave dressed up her stairs with paint chips.
A bold wallpaper pattern on a staircase wall, from Home Adore.
Painting a staircase and the adjoining wall makes for a cheerful block of color, as seen on Dwell.
Dress up the underside of your stairs with wallpaper, as seen on What Katie Ate.
A painted staircase runner, with some jaunty stripes in the middle, from Faded Plains
Artist Jim Lambie makes staircase masterpieces with vinyl tape. Spotted on Contemporary Art Daily.
If you want to add a little color without comitting to painting the entire staircase, try painting the bannisters, as seen on Martha Stewart.
Tiling your staircase (as in this image from Domino) might be a big commitment, but it's a project with a big payoff.
And finally, from Penny, Petra & Sydney's Gorgeous, Artful Home, a staircase with a little something to say.