You may recall from my maintenance to-do post, we’d like to fix our slippery stairs problem. Our little Schnauzer can’t (or won’t, to be more specific) go up the wood stairs. They are also slippery for sock-footed humans. We’ve decided the long-term solution is a professionally installed carpet runner. However, since that will run around $1,000 we may use an intermediate fix like this for a while.
Here are a few pictures of the staircase:
In addition to laying some carpet, I’d also like to dress the stairs up a bit. Right now, they feel empty and echo-y. And all that bare wall space is just asking for some decor. Check out these pretty dressed-up stairs I tracked down:
Photo by Domino magazine
Photo by Elle Decor
Photo by Living etc
In addition to installing a carpet runner or carpet treads, I’d also like to turn the wall into a little art gallery. I hope to mix some of my smaller paintings on canvas with framed drawings and photos. Ikea carries great frames for this type of project.
Photo by Ikea
Since the front door takes up primary decorating space at the bottom of the stairs, I’m thinking it might be really fun to paint the inside of the door a bright color. Or even a dark chocolate brown or black. It would dress up the entry and add some visual interest to the living room as well. Here’s an example of this idea in action:
Photo by Real Simple
Finally, depending on the type of stair runner or carpet treads I use, I might be able to get away with a really lovely 3 x 5 area rug between the bottom of the stairs and the front door. Check out these two beauties from Anthropologie:
I can’t promise when I might actually get around to completing this project. I’m just doing a bit of dreaming and scheming at this point. Plus, the carpet runner is expensive. And the little area rugs aren’t particularly cheap either… although maybe I can find a less expensive alternative I’ll like just as much.
For more ideas on dressing a staircase, here is a wonderful article on Apartment Therapy with eight ideas. And I found this post on Better Homes and Gardens about creating a photo gallery in a stairway.
What about you? Have you dressed up your stairs? Do you have any ideas for mine? Do tell.