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50 DecorBook Ideas : 37. Striking Stairs

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As we're getting ready for Thanksgiving vacation, I was thinking of affordable projects anyone could do in a day or two.  What about updating a staircase?  Ours is covered with carpet so we're a bit stuck, but that doesn't mean I can't dream.  Don't you love this trompe l'oeil black runner?  It's amazing what an impact a little paint makes.  Let's take a look at the impact of just changing the risers - easily done with paint, stickers, stencils or wallpaper.

Wallpapered risers creates a wood effect.
This homeowner had a high resolution image printed on outdoor vinyl and then glued to risers. He says it look him just an hour to install.

Paint - elegant hues of turquoise.

A rainbow of purples and greens- easily done with sample pots of paint.

Dramatic graphics in a monochromatic room.  Check out the sticker company called Bleu Coin (  I promise they'll knock your socks off.  Here's some of their designs.

Stunning in one palette.

Old warm charm using vinyl stickers.

Stencils are limited only by our imagination.  These would be fun in a house with little ones learning to count.

 Mediterranean stencils from Royal Design Studio Stencils. 

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Amazing stencil work for a colonial house.

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Glorious wallpaper - imagining floating up to bedrooms in an old country house.  If you're lucky enough to have a staircase with wooden risers, how about changing them up?  I'm almost ready to rip the carpet off our staircase.


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  • Thanks, Sue!

    Kathleen on
  • Makes me wish I had a staircase. I could help you rip up your carpet!

    Sue on

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