Tia Mowry’s White Staircase Comes with a Twist

published Sep 24, 2021
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Normally, one might steer clear of mixing children and an all-white decor scheme in their home, but it seems to be the perfect combination for actress, entrepreneur, and chef Tia Mowry. This week, the television staple posed with her three-year-old daughter Cairo on their staircase, which is full of elements to love: white, wood, rich textures, subtle details — and perennial home decor favorite, brick.

In a series of photos posted to Instagram, the “Sister, Sister” actress underscored the harmonious nature of mixing white and wood. The white farmhouse-chic paneling of the staircase wall and bannister emits a simple luxury that couples well with the lighter teak-colored trim matching the hardwood floors. But there’s an unexpected element that subtly catches the eye: the white-painted brick wall on the landing level.

The wood and white mixture may be a classic move, but it doesn’t have to be boring. The textured white brick wall shows off a dimensional background that plays softly against the staircase paneling and carpet runner — every nuanced detail starts to pop. And who doesn’t love a good brick detail, especially one that goes beyond a traditional, industrial feel? 

Achieving softness and calm with a brick background can be a challenge, but Mowry masters the feat perfectly here. Capping off the look is the wicker laundry basket nearly hidden in the corner that reminds one fully: there really is no place like home.

If you’re looking to execute a similar look, browse through a variety of white-and wood combinations, from a retro late 20th century space (formerly known as the ’90s) to one filled with simple peel-and-stick wallpaper. No masonry required.