French Country Decorating

Design Trends: Playful + Patterned Staircases

Up and down you go, but have you ever considered decorating your staircase? Sometimes those white risers with wood treads seem so predictable and unwelcoming. Stairs are an essential space in the home, but are often overlooked for their design potential.

Let’s get some ideas on how to transform those old, worn stairs—it just takes some creativity and courage.

This Parisian pied-à-Terre features an antique staircase painted in an unexpected “school bus” yellow. The simple narrow treads are transformed into design magic with a fresh coat of this sunny color.

Black, white with natural feels both farmhouse fresh and urban chic right now. By painting the worn stairs, balusters and French herringbone flooring, the hallway takes on a modern feel. Homeowners smartly accented the dark color with a natural wood handrail and newel post.

Solid color too much for you? Lighten up a solid paint by slightly graduating the shade as you ascend the stairs. The softer colors lift your mood as you climb.

This one beautiful geometric staircase. Clearly, there are so many striking ways to interpret a triangle into a playful pattern.

Repurpose ends of several wallpapers to create a focal point in your entry. Combine complementary colors and patterns from fretwork to medallions and Ikat patterns for boho-vibe staircase.

This stripe pattern is not for the timid. But once completed, it’s provides a modern wave of color throughout your home.

Afraid to add pattern and color to your main staircase? Add a color pop of color on the back staircase. The painted secret staircase is a surprise for invited guests only.
Image: Pinterest

This folk art painted staircase has a story to tell. Each tread represents a different part of the story, or at least makes a great pattern play.
Image: Pinterest

A multitude of blue and white patterns always look tailored when combined. These stairs add a bit of surprise with a red dot pattern mid-flight.

Suspend reality with a handpainted runner down a basement staircase. The crisply lined “rug” adds a bit of whimsy with its freehand fringe trim.

Stencils aren’t just for kid’s rooms anymore. These modern stenciled risers look like a black and white art installation.

Whether you are plain or fancy, isn’t it time to update your staircase?

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