Your hallway and stairs are normally the first thing a visitor will see as they are welcomed into your home. A through-way into your various rooms, you may not think much about decorating there but with plenty of foot traffic from family, pets and guests, it can easily become neglected or forgotten.
However, there’s no better place to make a great first impression and so giving your stairs an injection of style is a definite must. If you are struggling to make the best of this awkward space, we’ve gathered together a few great ideas to give your stairs plenty of style!
Source: Arsenic Lace
We love how Natalie of Arsenic Lace created an instant jolt of colour in her entrance by utilising an Ombre effect in peachy-pink on her stairs paired with a bright botanical wallpaper. Painting your stairs in various hues as they go to the top might be time-consuming (check out the link for how Natalie tackled hers!) but a terrific budget option. Choose colours that engage and delight you to make coming home even sweeter.
Source: Around the Houses
For a moody eclectic look, follow the example of Fiona from Around the Houses who choose a dark paint colour to pair with natural wood and a strong geometric stair runner for an eclectic and stylish vibe. We love the textural additions as well – the DIY chandelier adds movement while a hide throw and patterned cushion add to the cosy factor.
At times, one single design feature may be enough to create a spectacular space. This stunning Alexander McQueen pony hide runner (yes really!) may be an extravagant head-turner but it elevates the bright and breezy white walls it’s been paired with. You can find animal print stair runners from various retailers at different price points but by using something this bold, there’s the option to keep everything around it simple to create that wow factor.
If you are having to deal with a bland or featureless narrow hallway, take inspiration from Old Home Love who brought this narrow stairwell to life by using a mural on the stair risers. You can mimic this look with a patterned wallpaper in striking colours to add colour and interest to the space.
A Twist on Traditional
Source: Making Spaces
While Anaglypta may have fallen out of favour over the last couple of decades, you might be surprised to find it’s making a return to add subtle pattern to a space. Interior Designer Karen from Making Spaces chose it for her client’s period property but brought it bang up to date by using it under the chair rail only and then combining it with a contrasting paint colour above.
While wallpapering a stairwell is certainly nothing new and often a wonderful way to add pattern and colour to the space, we did find this particular idea to be rather inspiring! This oversized floral pattern from Ellie Cashman shines when placed on the stairs themselves, creating an interesting feature wall effect in an open plan space. If your stairs lead directly into a main room, consider giving the whole space some wow-factor with this simple trick!