This weekend I found myself dreaming of having a home with a second floor. I’ve spent most of my life (and dorm years) living in single-floor apartments or homes, and there’s always been something so grand about the idea of a dramatic staircase leading to bedrooms or other spaces that are a good distance away from the noise and everyday sounds that happen in the living rom and kitchen. I’m so appreciative to have the one-floor apartment we do have, but it it’s always fun to dream. So to indulge myself in what it would be like to play around with a great set of stairs, I thought it would be fun to imagine all the different things you could do with stairs to dress them up, from painted runners and mats to wallpapered runners and crazy geometric patterns. I’ve got my eye set on this simple project, but all 10 of these ideas are great ways to add some unexpected detail and interest to your home. xo, grace
Click through for all 10 ideas after the jump!
I’m obsessed with this gorgeous painted arrow stair runner at Holistic Fashionista. With just a little tape and black and white paint, this would make for a dramatic statement in a space where minimalism was the name of the game (anything else would get really drowned out by all this pattern).
Milly Goodwin created her own stair runner using vintage linen grain sacks! You could easily staple gun them in place or use stair runner rods to hold them in place.
Kay Heyes’ home features a creative painting idea that leaves the traditional runner area as natural wood and paints the outer section white, allowing for a natural wood-colored ‘runner’.
This stunning tape runner installation was created by artist Jim Lambie using, you guessed it, tape! While this is a pretty complicated look to replicate precisely, you could easily create a simpler version using a few different colors of tape to make your own DIY striped runner.
Sibella Court decided to bring her red carpet dreams home and installed her own simple red carpet runner using a staple gun.
Melissa and Caleb created these ombre stairs that seem to be everyone’s favorite these days. They did this on the stair risers, but you could easily apply these to the center tread of the stairs to use as a runner!
Painted number stair runners are a fun idea, too! I love the idea that these would be a fun way to learn with kids when they are little. (Image via EllaBoo and Company, which seems to now be closed.)
I’ve never been a big fan of stencils, but I love the way Megan and Elana at OKL worked together to mix-and-match these stencils for Elana’s stairs. The mix of blues is beautiful and they’d work just as well as a runner as they do here on the risers.
I love the major candy-colored stripe situation at this Kate Spade pop-up shop that Will at Bright Bazaar captured. This would be a fun way to wake up a cheery back staircase.
Shannon Kaye combined painted stripes and stamped circus-style letters to create a whimsical runner design. Even just the lettered stamps would be a clever way to add some detail to your stairs.