10 Creative Staircases

by Amy Azzarito

I grew up in a ranch house and always wished for a staircase. I think it had something to do with Father of the Bride and Kimberly Williams on the stairs –  when she brings her fiancé home and floats down the stairs wearing a LBD (and then later in her wedding dress).  I wanted to float down stairs. Now, my staircase wish comes from an entirely different place. It is just such a fantastic opportunity to make a huge design statement. I love seeing homes where people aren’t afraid to do something creative on the stairs. Unless you have an amazing old staircase (and you know who you are!), then why not break out the can of paint or wallpaper and go a little wild?   –Amy

Image above: A painted staircase inspired by bone-inlay furniture from Megan Pflug for One King’s Lane.

Image above: Henna inspired staircase risers from Paint and Pattern

See more creative staircase ideas after the jump!

Image above: Mirror mosaic stair treads from House to Home

Image above: An ombre staircase created using sample-sized painted pots. See the before here.

Image above: A staircase clad in vintage yard sticks. See the full project details here.

Image above: A wallpaper clad staircase. See the before and all the details here.

Image above: vinyl tape colored stairs by Scottish artist Jim Lambie

Image above: Nautical stripe stairs by Chateau & Bungalow

Image above: Seriously awesome DIY stair runner project from Little Green Notebook (don’t miss the before!)

Image above: Cheerful number-painted stairs.

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  • i love these! especially the ones with the old rulers & the mosaic. they are inspiring. i want to go rip out the nasty, builders grade carpet on my stairs & get started. i think it might shock my husband to come home to a pile of carpet when he’s having his friends over this evening, so i wont… but i want to!! thanks for sharing!~

  • We have hardwood floors throughout most of our house, but the stairs have carpet. And we really don’t like it. I think we’re only keeping it for now as we have 3 kids constantly running up & down them. We want to pull off the carpet and just have the bare wood and a runner. I can’t believe the photo above – those are IKEA rugs used as a runner! Great idea.

  • I am in love with this post! Especially the 4th photo from the bottom. There’s so many possibilities and it creates such wonderful texture and depth. I wonder if this would a good DIY project?

  • Beautiful roundup. Like another commenter, I was frustrated with my nasty beige carpeted stairs. I also had kids running up and down them and was concerned about removing the noise-dampening carpet. I plunged in two years ago. We left the stairs bare for a couple of weeks and decided it was too noisy for us. My solution was to cut Flor tiles to fit the stair treads. I didn’t know if it would work. I taped them down with Gorilla carpet tape from Home Depot. They have stayed in place, and I really like the look. Very occasionally (maybe twice a year) I need to trim a loose fiber on the front edge of the carpet tile where I cut them. I bought inexpensive tiles at the Flor outlet because I didn’t know if it would work out–it still looks great two years later.

  • hi I’m wondering if you have anyone who has decoupaged the wooden stringer at the side of the stairs and have yo photos , I’m thinking about doing this as I’ve never seen it done before