My lovely and talented friend Jenn is renovating her house in Whitehorse and has posted on her blog that she and the mister are in a dilemma. They love bold bright designs but they are having trouble pulling the trigger and painting their wood stairs. Below is the inspiration pic they both loved and their actual staircase (avec chien).
Jenn’s Inspiration The World of InteriorsJuly 2009
Jenn’s Actual Stairs
There is a case to be made for the colourful stairway. However, I think the verdict might be that it works better outside in the bright colour palettes shown here.
Nice open spaces and large scale walls help these steps take a cheerful tone rather than a jarring one.
So what to do? You want some colour, but maybe don’t want the forever commitment that comes with painting your stairs. A couple of options include:
- Paint the Risers Only (Less commitment – still keeping some of the wood tones).
- Stain the wood, or bleach it so you still have the wood look but a totally different feel.
- Add carpet strips or runner to get pop of colour without painting.
- Paint or wallpaper the walls with light and bright colours and patterns and leave the steps wood.
Lets go through the options:
1. Paint Risers Only. I like this idea. White is a classic choice. … (side note their home is influenced my mid century design and they love white)
Although you could go with a colour, a combo of colours, or even an ombre graduation of colour as shown here. Tip: use a semi gloss or gloss paint. No eggshell for this treatment.
2. Stain Dark or Bleach for an all over non-colour change. Keep in mind that stain is not just light or dark brown anymore. There are some new gray stains that look very cool and create almost a barn board effect. (may look awesome on that beadboard I see at the landing.)
Both from Houzz
3. Carpet Strips or runner for hit of colour?
Tip: My dog is getting older and having trouble with our wood stairs so instead of a full runner, I bought three of the same rug from Winners and sliced them to the depth of each step. After cutting I zig zagged the edges with my sewing machine so they would not fray. Ikea has some great options that are inexpensive so you wont feel bad cutting them up..And the third one…well its just pretty and I like it, but I would not slice and dice it.
4. Paint or wall paper treatment on the wall without painting the stairs. How about these from Marimekko? Or any number of stripe or chevron patterns you can dream up with paint!
I also love this wall panel set by Keith Haring
So there are a few options to bring in some bright happy shapes and colours into your stairway. If you were to ask me…my vote would be for white risers stained tops and a graphic wall treatment.
Hope this helps Jenn! I have to get to your house soon!! I already love it!
Anyone else have any thoughts on treatments for stairs?? What do you like best?