Stairs are a fascinating element of design for me. When one goes into a beautifully architectured home or business, the eyes are immediately drawn to the stairs — they make a statement. Yet, in most homes, the stairs are strictly a means of getting from one floor to another with little attention paid to the design. As a result, a huge opportunity to make a statement is missed.

The primary staircase is typically in the entryway of a home, and what better way to redesign your foyer than by giving those mundane stairs a facelift?

Here are a few simple ways to refresh your staircase without dropping a significant amount of money on materials.

  1. Add contrast: If you have wooden stairs, paint the vertical panel a color that provides a deep contrast to the horizontal step. Go bold with a jeweled purple or green to contrast a neutral.


  1. Add texture: Add a textured paint or wallpaper to the vertical panel to add additional depth.


  1. Add lighting: Add a small light underneath the horizontal panel to provide gorgeous illumination.


  1. Add tile: Completely revamp your stairs by adding decorative tile. You can completely cover the stairs, or simply cover the vertical or horizontal panels.


  1. Add carpet: Add a patterned carpet runner to your wooden stairs to add a touch of decoration and traction. I personally love bold prints on stairs.


  1. Add metal: Cover your stairs in metal paneling to give a modern or industrial look to your room.


  1. Add text: Do you have words that are meaningful to you? Paint a few on your stairs.


Happy renovation!


Recent News

Made from Scratch

DeMarko Coleman and Teresa Wright connect over a bagel sandwich. Photos by Keith Borgmeyer The unlikely friendship between DeMarko Coleman and Teresa Wright started...

Laying Down Roots

Clyde and Sheila Ruffin have called Columbia home for 36 years. Photos by Keith Borgmeyer Modern families often find themselves scattered across great distances;...

COMO Loving: Karen Stone

Photo by Keith Borgmeyer Karen Stone, regional program director of The Caring People, is passionate about helping single moms. After teaching school for a...

COMO Loving: Sarah Sandkuhl

Photo by Keith Borgmeyer Yoga instructor Sarah Sandkuhl makes Columbia a better place just by being herself. “Sarah just has this incredible energy. It can...

COMO Loving: Verna Laboy

Verna Laboy lives out her love for the community. Photos by Keith Borgmeyer Community activist Verna Laboy shows up every day to contribute —...