Eclectic Modern Tudor Entry StairTraditional Staircase, Boston
Photography: Eric Roth Photography
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Kitchens and living rooms are obvious places to add windows, but stairwells and landings are great places to consider. They’re frequently dark and windowless spots.Shop: Incorporate color with new paintings
For people with seasonal affective disorder, getting a lot of light early in the morning can help reset their internal clock. One way to do this at home is to make sure the bedroom gets plenty of morning light with windows and skylights. But I imagine that once you get out of bed, a trip down light-filled stairs like these also would help jump-start your day.
The stairway is another spot that can easily fade into the background. Make it pop by painting banister and spindle surfaces with opposing colors, such as the classic black and white. For the very daring, a bright pink, green, orange or blue is incredibly eye catching. On the flip side, if you aren't wild about the banister and spindles on your staircase, paint them the same color as the walls and watch them fade into the background.
Think about descension as well as ascension. These beautiful works of art can be enjoyed from the second floor and going down the staircase. I'm sure one would notice different things about them during the descent, as what's at eye level changes on the way down.