It is a well known fact that the staircase is one of the most important parts of the home – if you are in a building with more than one floor of course! This means that in a house, it will be used multiple times daily by all members of the household. This is as well as being one of the first things that guests see if you invite them over. As a result, many homeowners take great pride in the way their staircase looks, with many staircases being used as a way that best represents their modern tastes and styles, on top of their functional use.
Use wall space to your advantage
How many times do you see stair walls that are left bare? Don’t get us wrong, there are some very smart wallpaper designs or paint shades out there – but why should you let this space go to waste? Many people prefer not to hang anything on stair walls in fear of them being knocked into and therefore falling off.
Many people believe that wallpaper is going out of fashion, as painted walls are becoming commonplace in homes up and down the country. But there are still some benefits to wallpaper that people gloss over, their loss is your gain!
Wallpaper allows you to experiment with your interior décor, with a plethora of patterns and colour schemes to choose from that can light up a previously discarded area of your wall space. Perhaps it is sectioned off from the other walls in your home? If so, why not use this to your advantage and create a feature wall with a completely different style to that found throughout the rest of the house?
Found some art you like?
A popular way of decorating a staircase is to add colourful artwork. We’re all guilty of adding artwork to our wish list online, or making the purchase in hast without actually knowing where it will fit. To make your once ignored space feel like it is well and truly part of the home, you can look to incorporate some preferred creative work to give it the personality it deserves.
Creative stair faces
If you are truly looking to make your staircase your own, then why not let your creativity run wild and decorate your stair faces? If you don’t trust your steady hand, you can always ask a professional to do this for you. You could decide to go for a different pattern for every step or something consistent that runs along the whole piece of furniture. Let your imagination run wild and take ownership of your stairs.
A unique staircase design is becoming more and more popular in the modern home, so whether this is something that is busy and colourful or something more understated, it is sure to have the desired effect.
Is carpet the cure?
Once you’ve decorated the walls, it might be time to examine the staircase itself. Do you have wooden treads? If so, you could switch things up and opt for a softer material. Carpet can be a versatile option here, as it is readily available in many different colours to fit with your overall theme. They are also a comfortable option on your feet, as 9 times out of 10, you are going to be ascending and descending in your socks or barefoot.
It can also help keep the noise generated when going up and down the stairs to a minimum as it cushions some of the force, perfect for those midnight trips to the kitchen to raid the fridge!
Make it practical
We’re all guilty of leaving coats, hats etc. on the bannister at the bottom of our stairs. Although this is convenient when grabbing items for when you are leaving the house, why not place some hooks on the wall to keep the streamlined look of your staircase, allowing it to be a place that showcases the style of your home, rather than an after thought as a makeshift coat hanger!
This gives your staircase the chance to truly flaunt its look without being held back. A fresh staircase design allows the true aesthetic you are trying to achieve to shine through, unopposed by any other potential eyesores!
Shape your spindles to create perfection
If you are lucky enough to benefit from wooden spindles, then be sure to maximise their potential by making them a vital part of your staircase design. Wood can easily be painted over, allowing you to experiment with a whole host of colours that can perfectly complement or contrast the rest of your staircase.
They can be painted in a consistent block colour to steal the show, or perhaps you really want to experiment and opt for multiple colours throughout your spindles, the choice is yours!
Would you like to talk to one of our experts about how to best execute your staircase design? If so, it is easier than ever to get in touch with the team at Abbott-Wade! Simply give us a call on 01744 634 442 to speak to us directly or fill out our online enquiry form with any detailed questions you may have. Our friendly team will get back to you as soon as possible with a quick and informed response.