9 Painted Staircases to Inspire Your Next Renovation
One of my favorite parts of any two-story house is the staircase. There is so much scope for imagination as it can be the most dramatic part of the house. Right now we live in a one-story house, so no stairs, but in my dreams we have a staircase that I’m painting. A painted staircase can add whimsy or sophistication, depending on the look you try. Here are some of my favorite painted staircases and why they work.
- Painted grey runner. This grey runner on white extends onto the floor and adds a directional focus to the space leading guests around the house. It’s a great finding technique, especially if your house is quite large. The thin white stripe frames the inner runner for a finished touch.
- Solid staircase. A great way to add unexpected details is through a solid painted piece like this yellow staircase. The yellow adds joy and the solid technique creates a great focal point to the room.
- Similar to the framed runner above, this solid grey runner mimics the effect of a carpet runner without the hassle of vacuuming!
- Add a pattern. A patterned staircase, like this black and white diamond, is a whimsical touch. You can use pretty much any paint because the risers are not touched by feet. Feel free to use acrylics versus a paint that needs to uphold the wear and tear.
- Solid paint. Solid painted staircases create a bold and graphic look, like this one here. It’s painted a glossy black on the tread and white on the risers.
- Ombre staircase. This blue ombre staircase is a lovely effect for a long staircase. It’s quite easy to do by simply adding white to the same gallon of paint.
- Decorative painting. Get clever with your painted staircase like these piano keys! So cute.
- Solid and romantic. This romantic look is kept consistent with the use of a robin’s egg blue. It fits perfectly with the dainty décor of the framed bird artwork.
- (top image) The blue runner created on the top image fits the light and airy décor of the space and creates a wonderful focal point to the entry.
Do you have a staircase that’s waiting to be painted? Which technique would you choose?