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.