Stair Flair: Staircases Unlike Any Other
Make Each Step Count with Tiles, Paint, and Unique Materials
If your home has two stories, a basement, or anything that requires the changing of floor levels, chances are you need a staircase. There are a few ways to go about it: you can choose the everyday traditional staircase, or you can make a statement with an original staircase that will make your neighbors jealous. Of course, in most cases, this requires you to be in the preliminary stages of a new construction or in the midst of a renovation, so maybe you can just tuck away these ideas for future use. However, if you’re in the place to take creative staircase action, consider the following tips to literally and figuratively bring your staircase to the next level.
Create a division. Don't twist your neck: this split staircase instantly warrants a double-take.
Vary the width. Most staircases are as wide at the top as they are at the bottom. Instead, consider building your staircase with varying widths to make for an interesting ascent and descent.
Get creative with the railing. There are no rules that stair railings be installed parallel to the stairs. These vertical poles add the safety of a railing and an unexpected visual accessory.
Or, install a stair wall. For maximum safety, outfit your staircase with a wall. The cut-outs are a fun addition and keep the staircase from feeling too entrapped.
Paint them. Here’s an easy and inexpensive way to add a unique splash to your staircase: paint! This lime green hue is playful and cheery, and the perfect entrance to this eclectic landing.
Create your own unique design. Like anything, stairs too can be customized into the unexpected design of your dreams. This semi-spiral staircase is as much of a sculptural piece as it is a functional one.
Choose something out of the ordinary for the actual stairs. At the end of the day, the stairs are simply horizontal planks that can be made from a variety of materials. These wood blocks are a great rustic complement to this modern home.
Or, think concrete stairs for an unusual contemporary look.
Add an unexpected stair landing. Instead of typically extending your stairs all the way to the floor, interrupt them with an interesting landing. Install drawers for extra storage.
Tile the stair risers. Add a graphic element by tiling your stair risers. Choose different patterns to make your ascent up the stairs continually surprising. Consider adding vertical stripes up and down your staircase to make it appear longer and add personality.
Mix it up. Wood stairs? Or stainless steel stairs? Why not both! When rustic meets contemporary it equals a chic combination full of texture.
Back-light the staircase. For a staircase that glows day and night, add back-lighting beneath the stairs. No need for a night-light with this look!
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