This is my staircase. White risers and spindles, black treads, and an ornate wooden banister and newel post (which my mother painstakingly removed layers of thick, brown paint from). I keep going back and forth on whether they need a runner or different paint or…something.
The photo on the left with the stripey runner is what set me off on my most recent staircase-obsession. It got me thinking about the two UNNI rugs I have in my hallway right now, and how cool it would be to get five or six more and continue them all the way up the stairs.
And those hot pink treads on the right?! Those are just ridiculously cute. How fancy would you feel walking up pink stairs on your way to bed every night? Pretty darned fancy, if you ask me.
Both photos from Sköna hem
Okay, fantasy time! I LOVE LOVE LOVE the way these “negative-runners” look, but I can’t imagine taking the time to strip the paint off of all 16 of the stairs. Maybe I’m just lazy. Of course, imagine how easy the maintenance would be! Hmm.
Photo from Sköna hem
The magic here comes from the white floors, of course. Without all the white, the warmth of the lamp, mirror, banister and radiator wouldn’t come through as beautifully, and the pale blue paint would look too wimpy. Everything about this space is perfect—I love that tiny sliver of blue wall peeking out from the room at the end of the hallway.
The photo on the left is of the entry hall in Orla Kiely‘s house. When I first saw it several years ago, the concept of a painted runner was completely new to me. I think I may have called Evan at work to tell him about it because I was so excited.
I’ve written about these wallpapered stair risers before, but I didn’t think this post would be complete without showing them again.
Maybe not the right thing for home, but these stairs are perfect for a design studio. Pantone makes paint now, too, so you could color-match your print jobs on your way downstairs at lunchtime!