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2. Show off a favorite color. If you love a particular color, why not create your own custom runner out of that color with paint? Designer Alison Kandler color-matched a treasured scarf to get just the right lilac for a painted stair runner in her Santa Monica, California, home. To avoid overwhelming the space with too much color, she used white paint on either side of the runner, on the balusters and handrail and on the walls. This really allows the color, as well as the artwork, to take center stage. The whimsical staircase perfectly suits the style and mood of Kandler’s Southern California beach cottage, where bold pairings of blues, pinks and greens are on display throughout the home. 5 Ways to Beautify Your Staircase With Paint
“You see, purple can be a quirky color. It’s not always easy to get right … and it’s a color that people tend to either love or find repellent.” — Liz DurnanLavender, royal and plum, oh my! For those who love purple, this article will show you wonderful ways to incorporate all the shades of it around the house. For those who hate it, Durnan’s article might change your mind.Full story: 21 Reasons to Decorate With Purple
21. Stairway to heaven. Purple has always been associated with the mystical and supernatural. So introducing some unexpected purple touches to your home is a way to inject some magic. While it can be sophisticated, it can also be fun. Tell us: Do you love lavender, or is it a case of any color but purple? Share your thoughts in the Comments.Browse more stories about color
AFTER: A purple painted runner and the elimination of a wall have made for a light-filled and uncommon run of stairs. “I love runners, but they get dirty,” says Alison. “This one is easy to clean — and it’s easy to change the color if I get tired of the purple.”The stairway is a gallery for the flea market paintings she has collected over the years. “Art is expensive. I found that I could get art inexpensively at the flea market,” she says. “These pieces fill the walls with so much personality and color. I focus on portraits and florals.”
10. Rotate artwork. If you love collecting art prints and paintings, you know how easy it is to run out of wall space long before you’ve hung all of your artwork. A simple solution is to rotate your artwork each season, keeping some pieces carefully stored in a closet.