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7 creative ways to spruce up your stairs


These creative ideas will surely put a spring in your step.

It’s the most essential yet underrated feature of any multi-level home. The humble staircase serves so much function but it doesn’t actually have to be boring. They have a huge potential to be a canvas for creativity, and the ways that you can experiment with them are endless.

1. Step up with mismatched tiles

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Is your staircase tiled? Why not try sprucing things up with mismatched patterns and colours for a pop of character? It saves you the time, effort, and money in the long run without requiring you to regularly refresh it. You’ll be spoilt for choice with the endless colours, designs, and finishes to choose from. With classic monotone designs and marble effects to iridescent finishes and patterns, you have the freedom to play around with no just colour schemes but also motifs. 

2. Keep it fresh

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You’d be surprised how much a fresh coat of paint can do to a dull flight of stairs. Use tones that are light or in pastel hues for a softer mood or opt for vibrant shades to make each step pop. Depending on the look you’re going for, use colours that complement the walls too. This will create a backdrop that could possibly transform your staircase into a standout feature in your home. 

Read more: 6 mistakes to avoid making with a DIY paint job

3. Get sketchy

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Have you always wanted to draw on the walls as a child? Well, now you can. Stencilled stairs are a great way to add personalised details. Think of your favourite quotes, proverbs, or even design elements. If you’re not confident to draw them on your own, you can opt for decals. These can be applied and removed easily without damaging your stairs. 

4. Light it up

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Lights are a great way to create a certain mood at home, and you can use them on your stairs. Opt for built-in lights along the sides of the stairway walls or on the steps itself. Depending on the vibe that you’re looking for, you can adjust the brightness of the lights. Cool temperature lighting gives off a clean and sharp look, while dimmer, warm temperature lighting gives off a more relaxed, cosy feel. A cheaper alternative is also fairy lights. However, if you have kids or pets at home, this may not be the safest option. 

Read more: 6 lighting tips for every room in your house

5. The more the merrier

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Fancy yourself an art enthusiast? Try hanging a large piece of art on the wall as a centrepiece overlooking your stair area. If you have time, patience, and money to turn it into a gallery, do it. Hanging framed photographs or art pieces along the stairway is common, but using mismatched frames in different sizes adds a unique touch and a lot of character. 

6. Go green

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Bring the tropics into your home by letting plants drape down the railings. Indoor plants cascading down staircases not only look like a scene out of the homes you see in magazines, but they also make natural air purifiers. They may require a bit of care and maintenance, so be sure to do some research on what indoor plants work best for your home. 

Read more: 6 best succulents to grow at home

7. Roll out the carpet

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Have a rug obsession? Line your stairway with your favourites and create your very own personalised red carpet. There’s a function to that form because they don’t just look good, they also safeguard your kids from slips and tumbles. 

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