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Step Up Your Staircase Design

By: Liz Gray
November 25, 2014
Stairs can be an afterthought when it comes to designing a space. Dress up this high-visibility area with simple, big-impact fixes like paint, wallpaper and family photos.
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Playful Pattern

Give a plain white staircase a whole new personality by creating a faux runner. Paint the outer edges, add stripes and stamp Xs and Os on the risers for a new, whimsical look.

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Cottage-Style Stairs

For a shabby chic take on the painted stair runner, use white, brick red and creamy yellow paint. Mismatched, salvaged house numbers give this farmhouse stairwell an extra design pop, as seen on HGTV's Sarah's House.

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Candy-Colored Stripes

These bright, cheerful vertical stripes coordinate with the pink and blue hues featured in this eclectic living room, while also leading the eye upstairs. Design by Cortney and Robert Novogratz.

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Wallpaper Your Stair Risers

Add style to your staircase by decking out the risers with wallpaper, acrylic sheeting and decorative hardware. Combine sample-sized rolls in coordinating colors and patterns to make this project even more budget-friendly.

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