Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - HOMES -

The wall along the side of the stairs is a great place to in­stall wain­scot­ing or a fac­sim­ile, like tex­tured wall­pa­per or bead board. These projects take a bit of pre­ci­sion be­cause you’re work­ing on an­gles so if you don’t think you can take on some­thing like this just in­stall a chair rail a few feet up from the stairs and paint the bot­tom in a dif­fer­ent colour than the top por­tion of the wall. The ef­fect will be sim­i­lar to wain­scot­ing but a lot less fuss than the real thing. Also, it’s easy enough to change the look as de­sired. Sim­ply re­move the chair rail and paint out the wall. A photo gallery along a stair­way wall can be a great fea­ture. Go big-floor to ceil­ing for max­i­mum drama. Use colour to cre­ate fo­cus on the walls sur­round­ing the stairs as shown in our fea­ture photo cour­tesy of Sico Paints. Bright colours on par­tial walls can be stun­ning, es­pe­cially when bal­anced with white rail­ings and trim. The ceil­ing is even painted in our sam­ple room, which is yet another con­sid­er­a­tion you can make for your own space. Although the run­ner in our fea­ture photo is ac­tual car­pet­ing, this could be mim­icked with paint. This par­tic­u­lar pat­tern is a bit de­tailed but if you’ve got the time it can make for a great con­ver­sa­tion fea­ture. It’s a lot less ex­pen­sive than an ac­tual car­pet run­ner and you can change the look fairly easily and in­ex­pen­sively with paint.

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