Stairs are an often neglected design space in our homes. There are three popular options for stairs: full carpet, runners, or bare wood. Carpet works especially well if the rest of your home has carpet. A stair runner is a nice compromise between bare wood and carpet as it allows the wood to show on the sides. Wood looks great in an older home. We loved it when we discovered this last option, painted wood stairs.
We think this is a great option for an older home such as a Queen Anne or Victorian. Often these homes will have painted risers on the staircase. And 99% of the time the risers are painted white.
If your wood stairs are not in the best of shape but you don’t want to invest in a custom stair runner or carpet, paint could be a great option to add some flair to the stairs.
In this example, the soft blue complements the soft yellow of the walls to create a welcoming feel to the entry. We like the crisp white accents and punches of deeper blue.
As with any decorating project, paint is an easy, quick way to change a space. Stairs are no exception. You could keep your wood stairs and just paint the risers a complementary color to your walls or add a fun pattern like diamonds or scrolls. The possibilities are only limited by your imagination.
And if you don’t like the paint, you could always get a runner or carpet the stairs later.