There are some things about my house that I love and others that I can’t stand – my staircase falls into the latter category. It is an ugly sight – the stair treads are red oak and cast an orangey hue, I have heinous “granny style” stair tread rugs so the dog can get up and down the stairs without slipping, and the handrail doesn’t match the color of the stair treads or anything else in the stairwell. Fixing up my staircase has always been on my to-do list but somehow another project always sneaks above it on the list so my ugly staircase remains ugly (I’d show you a picture but don’t want to be responsible for the nightmares that may ensue…). I’ve decided to move this project up toward the top of my to-do list for 2012 and had been giving some thought as to what I may want to do with my staircase when I got my new Serena & Lily catalog with this picture on the cover:
|Serena & Lily|
Aren’t those some of the most fabulous stairs you have ever seen?! It definitely got me considering the idea of decorative stair risers so I went looking for other inspiring pics and found some great ones that I thought you might enjoy seeing too. Two of my favorites were done by Melanie Royals, a stencil artist who is President/Creative Director of Royal Design Studio and writes about her artistic endevours on her blog, Design Amour. I am in awe of this gorgeous staircase with the stair risers she and her team stenciled with Moroccan patterns:
This set of stenciled stair risers is also nothing short of fabulous – and check out the matching door!
You can actually buy the stencils that they used to create these gorgeous stair risers from Royal Design Studio. That’s exactly what Carol (from the blog “Painter Girl“) did – using four stencil designs from their Moroccan collection, she used a vibrant yellow paint and stenciled this set of stairs with a beautiful result:
The vibrant yellow was the color her client chose from several different color options that she gave them (I love the tomato red option!):
If you don’t have the time or patience for stenciling, vinyl decals are another great option for creating decorative stair risers. For example, you can purchase these floral stair riser vinyl decals from the Etsy shop Vinyltastic
Another option is to tile your stair risers, as was done in this house featured in Cottage Living:
Or, how about using wallpaper?? It is inexpensive, quick, and easy – my three favorite words when it come to a home project.
|Design in Dublin|
What’s your take on decorative stair risers – do you love the idea too?!