3 ways to breathe new life into your staircase

In many UK homes, staircases are located opposite the front door, making them the first thing people see when they come to visit.

So, no matter how much time and money you spend creating the home of your dreams, an overlooked staircase can really bring down the tone of the rest of your décor.

However, when it comes to your staircase, you don’t need to remodel the entire structure to achieve a gorgeous space – small upgrades to your stair parts and even a lick of paint can make a big difference.

In this blog staircase experts, Stair Crazy, share three easy ways to transform your staircase.

1. Update your tread coverings

Your steps play such a large part in your staircase, so any dull, worn treads – whether these are left bare or covered – will really age the design.  

If they aren’t already, strip your steps back to the bare treads and risers – you can then decide what you would like to do with them.

You have a few options, including:

· Carpeting your treads

Carpet technology has come a long way in recent years, with newer, more durable stain-resistant options readily available. Whether you choose to cover your entire staircase or just create a runner, carpet provides comfort and practicality to suit any style.

· Cladding your treads

Covering your steps with cladding is a great way to achieve a durable surface that protects your original treads from wear and tear. Popular tread options include laminate and wood – both of which give that sleek, bear look whilst ensuring your steps will avoid damage.

· Tiling your risers

Tiling your risers is a great way to add a new texture to your staircase. Whether you opt for a glossy, vibrant colour, or a monochrome pattern – you can be sure to create a stunning focal point. You can then choose to leave your tread covers bare or carpet them.

2. Set the tone – consider your lighting

Firstly, make the most of any natural lighting available.

Open your space up by replacing your spindles with glass panels – this will allow light to flow throughout your staircase.

However, natural lighting isn’t always achievable – so make sure to look into your lighting options.

If you have high ceilings, a hanging light could create the perfect feature piece whilst bringing some much-needed lightness into your space.

Or, for a smaller space, spotlights provide a welcome brightness without cluttering and overloading your space.

3. Go bold with contrasting materials and colours

Don’t be scared of mixing materials.

If your staircase is comprised of wooden elements, incorporate some metals for a slightly bolder yet simplistic feel.

Metal spindles holding up an oak handrail, for example, create a rustic style that’s suited to so many homes. 

Colours are another way of adding a vibrant finishing touch to any staircase, whether you opt for a monochromatic style or prefer multiple shades from the same colour palette.

Updating your staircase without breaking the bank

With these three ideas, no matter your budget, you’ll be able to breathe new life into your staircase, freshening it up and creating a whole new look and feel.

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