How to Decorate a Staircase

Decorating your staircase presents yet one more opportunity to show off your style. Your staircase is just as much a part of your home as your kitchen or living room is.

By Tamara Gane

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If your home has stairs, chances are you use them several times a day. The next time you walk up or down your staircase, take a good look and ask yourself if it’s as stylish and beautiful as the rest of your house. If the answer is no, you’re not alone. The staircase is often a neglected area when it comes to home décor, which is a shame because it represents a great deal of wasted space and it’s often visible from the other areas of your house. Waste no more! These six tips from House Tipster will help you decorate your staircase and make sure it showcases your style and personality as seamlessly as the rest of your home does.

1. Decorate Your Staircase Wall

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Before you start decorating your staircase wall, establish a theme. This is important because in most cases, the configuration of your staircase will dictate that you focus all of your attention on one side. If you don’t have a theme, your staircase runs the risk of looking busy and slapped together, which is arguably worse than not decorating it at all. Family photos are a very popular staircase theme, whether they be candid photos, school pictures, wedding photos or a combination of all the above. For a less-trendy look, you can also hang mirrors or wall sculptures in various shapes and sizes. In our home, we decorated our staircase wall with a simple theme of framed black and white photographs. We have a handful of similar pictures in other areas of the house, which helps us tie the art in our staircase together with the art in the rest of our home for a cohesive look.

2. Enhance Your Focal Points

Many stairs have wall space at both top and bottom. These walls are a natural focal point because whether you’re walking up or down, they stand directly in front of your line of site. Don’t neglect them! Use that space to hang art, mirrors or photographs.

Due to the close proximity of your decorated staircase wall, you’ll want to be sure to tie these areas into the rest of your theme, whether that means picking the same style of art and material or coordinating the color. This will help your staircase maintain an aesthetically-pleasing flow.

3. How to Decorate a Staircase Ledge

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We don’t have a ledge on top our staircase, but I wish we did. A staircase ledge represents so many decorating possibilities! You can show off your green thumb by covering it with plants, highlight your collection of art glass, books, antique vases or simply use them for more pictures. Decorating staircase ledges can be particularly rewarding come holiday season, as you can use them for garlands, holiday villages and other decorations.

If there’s a window above your staircase ledge, you may want to avoid placing anything there that will be ruined by direct exposure to sustained sunlight, such as candles that could melt, or crafts made of fabric, which could fade.

4. Don’t Forget the Landing

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If you have a landing or platform at the base of your staircase, bring them into the action. Small tables, benches, sculptures, and plants can add extra pops of color and visual interest here. The key is to make sure you don’t overwhelm what is likely to be a small amount of space with pieces that are too large. Keep in mind that these are still areas people need to pass through, sometimes with their hands full. A small piece tucked into the corner or placed against the far wall will add interest and style without blocking functionality or becoming a distraction.

5. Don’t Forget the Top

The wall space on top of your staircase is another prime decorating spot many people neglect. When selecting your décor for this area, it’s important to factor in how much light it receives. Many staircases lack windows or adequate lighting, and have a tendency to be dark and cave-like. If this is the case, mirrors or shiny materials can often help you brighten up a dark space. If, conversely, you have a nearby window and the top of your staircase is well-lit, you may want to avoid shiny, reflective surfaces as there may be too much light bouncing off them in such cases. Every situation is unique.

In our home, we chose to hang mirrors above our staircase, and it was the right fit because there’s a shortage of natural light there.

6. Your Banisters

You can also add pizzazz to your staircase by decorating your banisters. Add drama by stringing them with lights, or let them help you ring in the holidays by tying them with ribbon or lacing them with garland. You can change your banister dressing quickly and inexpensively as seasons change to make sure your house remains stylish all year round.

More tips: Discover how to utilize the dead space under your stairs if this situation applies to your floor plan.

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Your staircase adds value and beauty to your home similar to your kitchen. Learn how easy it is to design your dream kitchen with the best kitchen planner. Decorating your kitchen and staircase presents yet one more opportunity to show off your style. Your home deserves it, and so do you!

Have a lovely Day and thank you so much for reading!!!

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