The stairs are an often overlooked but vital part of your home. Of course they serve a purpose; allowing you to move between the various levels of any building. But, that doesn’t mean they should go unnoticed.
You can use any or all of these 5 tips to update your stairs with style and be guaranteed to gain the ‘wow’ factor that you’re currently missing.
You’ll just need to be prepared for the demands to know how you did it!
- Replace The Balustrades
One of the easiest and most effective ways of updating your stairs with style is to remove the existing balustrades and replace them. It’s not a good idea to skip the balustrade, it’s your protection from a nasty accident or lawsuit.
If you take a look here you’ll find hundreds of designs that will appeal to you. You can opt for simple metal; invisible glass, traditional wood or any combination that suits.
The best part is that this is actually a very easy job to do!
- Light It Up
Lighting is essential in every part of your home but it is particularly important on the stairs. Lights at the top and bottom will help to illuminate the stairs; making it easier for people to get up and down them.
Lights will also make the space feel larger and more welcoming.
You can use good quality artificial light, create a new window or even use mirrors to bounce light round your stairs and home. The result is the same; a stunning and stylish staircase for next to no cost.
- Look Underneath
Under the stairs is traditionally a cupboard where all sorts of oversize items are stored.
But, to really add the style to your stairs is time to consider getting rid of the cupboard. This is particularly true if the space is very visible when you arrive in your home.
You could turn it into a small office, reading corner or just add a few shelves and ornaments to make the surrounding space bigger.
It’s up to you!
You should never overlook the power of a coat of paint or a new carpet. You could paint the treads an alternate color to the risers; or you could take it all back to bare wood.
If you choose to repaint or varnish don’t forget to do the walls as well; this will rally give your stair area and update with style. But, you should keep the colors pale to maintain the feeling of space; unless you have a really large hallway and stairs!
Another tip is to actually remove the stairs and put in a new set. This is within the scope of the average DIY’er. You can even relocate the stairs to another part of the house changing the feel and the flow of your home.
This could be very beneficial if your hallway is small or the stairs don’t really work where they are.
There are hundreds of stair designs available that can be bought ready to install; all you have to do is look.