The staircase is often the first thing that people see when stepping into your home. It can make a grand statement or simply fade into the background, but you’ll never get a second chance to make that first impression.
Here are a few designs for you to consider:
Keeping It Simple
You don’t need to spend a fortune if you don’t have it! Removing the carpet and painting the stairs can create a striking effect.
Alternatively you can sand the wood back to its original form. Your decision regarding the finish of your staircase should be based on your personal preference and the style of the rest of your home.
Don’t forget if you have a wood balustrade you can also paint this; although it can be a time consuming job. Using colors that complement the house you can easily turn your staircase into a feature.
Changing The Balustrade
Another option which won’t cost the earth is to replace the balustrade. Many homes still have a traditional balustrade and yet there are hundreds of different styles available today.
You can choose to have a glass balustrade which looks like it’s not even there§ Or, if you prefer you can have ornate metal curves, a simple criss-cross or practically anything else you can think of. Just let your imagination run wild!
Take a look at your current lighting; you’ll probably realize it does very little to highlight the stairs or even the stair area.
It’s a good idea to add a few spotlights. You can use these to illuminate stairs hidden in a corner or to draw the eye to artwork on the walls.
This will make the stairs feel more like part of your home and instantly make you and others want to spend more time in the space.
This is definitely the more expensive makeover option and one that you may wish to get professional help with.
If you have the space or are already renovating then consider relocating the stairs.
Don’t forget this will affect your upstairs rooms as well as your downstairs ones. This can be an effective makeover solution if you have a large hallway and the stairs are tucked in the corner. This impact can be reduced if you maintain the location but design a staircase that will face in a different direction; this can transform the space round them making it more user friendly.
Making them more central and balancing the symmetry of the room can make a huge difference to the feel of your home.
Instead of trying to change what they are you can simply work with what you have. Wallpapering the risers can create a nice effect; as can painting them different colors.
You could also inscribe messages into the stairs or turn them into a useful chalk board (risers only).
The bottom line is that they are your stairs; with a little imagination you can create the perfect staircase makeover idea for your budget and your tastes.