Even More Staircase Ideas
Whether you want to fill up a blank wall or empty floor space, here are some ideas to get you started.
- Gallery wall. Perhaps the most popular stairway decorating idea of them all: A stair wall gallery wall. For homes with kids, this is a great chance to frame and hang up the kids’ artwork – and keep them inspired on the daily. For a more “adult” look, hang up a mix of mirrors, canvas wall art and wall decor. Even when you’re not ascending and descending, a gallery wall pops from the floor and entryway below.
- Stair runner. Did you know you can put rugs on your wood stairs? This process for installing a stair runner will involve a little more work than placing a rug on a floor (you’ll need an industrial stapler, stair rods, floor tape and precise measurements – just to name a few). While it may be worth hiring a professional, the result of rugs-on-stairs is always a chic look.
- Accent table, by itself. Tip: An accent chair doesn’t always need an accent table, and vice versa. If you’re working with a smaller stair area or floor space, remember this! Try placing an accent table by itself next to a stair base; Use it to place a vase of fresh flowers (or fake ones).
- Shoe cubby. If your family tends to use the end of the stairs as a “closet” (for most of us, “dump” would probably be the better word), where shoes, socks and sandals are left in a scattered mess, you can look at this one of two ways: A) A battle you will surely always lose, or B) A chance to incorporate “stairway organizers.” Consider incorporating a built-in shoe cubby – but make it chic! Choose a material and color you love for shoe storage (you can even make this the same as the stairs itself, so that it blends in and looks like a part of the stair design); Implement it into an under-the-stairs nook, so that the next time the kids or spouse kicks off their shoes at the end of the stairs, they’ll at least kick them off into chic organization.