Original Ways to Decorate Your Staircase

Staircases are not only an essential part of any home, but they can also be a canvas for designs and decorations that match your home's style perfectly.
Original Ways to Decorate Your Staircase

Last update: 28 January, 2021

If your home has a second floor, there are many original ways you can decorate your staircase to give it a more interesting and attractive look.

Generally speaking, people often overlook staircases when it comes to home decoration. Although they’re functional and seem unimportant when creating style in a home, staircases offer plenty of opportunities for decoration. You can easily transform the look of your staircases with some simple decorations.

If you want to create a consistent style throughout your home, it’s very important to not undervalue certain key features, such as the staircase. In fact, you should do quite the opposite. It’s vital to incorporate them into the interior design of a home.

How to decorate a wooden staircase in a rustic-style home

A wooden spiral staircase.

When decorating staircases in rustic-style homes, it’s important to think carefully about the types of materials you use. You don’t necessarily need to change the flooring itself, but rather consider the space as a whole. It’s important to think about which elements could make your staircase stand out.

The staircase’s banister is one key feature of this space. Wood carving is a technique that can create an attractive style throughout a home and specifically around the staircase. Your decorative carvings could include curved shapes, or straight lines, which you can decorate your entire space beautifully with.

Carvings work well with wood and with the country and artisanal look of rustic-style homes. It doesn’t matter if you keep the wood’s natural color, or if you apply a different color, such as white or grey. This will add a touch of elegance and sophistication to your style.

Let your staircase take center stage

How to create a minimalistic style

An image representing the different ways to decorate a staircase.

There’s no doubt that the way you decorate a staircase can help enliven a minimalistic style. The shape and decoration of a staircase can help to create a simplistic look that is characteristic of minimalism. Here are some key points of minimalist decoration:

  • When creating a minimalist style, it’s common to use straight structures to create a balance between the proportions and a structure that is clearly minimalistic.
  • The style clearly focuses on a “pure” look. This includes rectangular stairs with simple designs, floating stairs, stairs made of wood, or of metal. The idea is to create a simple design that has a sense of functionality.
  • If creating a minimalist style on a staircase, it should neither be too exuberant nor should it contrast drastically with the stairs themselves. When changing an aspect of the decoration, it should still integrate completely into the space.
  • In minimalism, the steps of a staircase are often left bare and uncovered. In other words, there are no rugs or other floor coverings. The banister is usually quite simple with horizontal or vertical bars, or even a glass partition.

How to decorate your staircase in a modern style

A metal staircase.

The modern style of the late 19th and early 20th centuries is well suited to designing and decorating staircases. There are a number of different elements that can create a modern style, as long as they’re in keeping with its traditional features.

Several important works of art paved the way for and were the inspiration for this modern style. These include those of Victor Horta and Gaudi, who use staircases as a backdrop for their modernist art.

Whether focusing on the staircase banister or on the steps themselves, it’s important that the natural side of the style is still clear. The staircase should appear as one with nature. This can also apply to the surrounding walls. These could feature plant life or wallpaper with other patterns.

Elegance under your feet 

A modern staircase and bannister.

If you’re looking to give your home a more elegant touch, you could lay a stair carpet down the center of your staircase as the main decorative feature. It doesn’t matter if your staircase is made of stone or wood – either material should go well with any color or look.

Don’t forget that the colors should complement each other. The patterns should also be in keeping with the rest of the decorations. With this in mind, you’ll be able to create a subtle, elegant, and interesting look, and especially if you use the color red.

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