5 quick and easy ways to up­date your stairs

Style at Home (UK) - - Upgrade Your Stairs -

Get a new look with one small tweak…

Dis­plays are per­fect for breath­ing new life into a room, so why should us­ing them on your stairs be any dif­fer­ent? stack­ing trea­sured books up the steps looks great, but be sure the treads are wide enough to walk on, too. it’s amaz­ing what a pop of colour can do to a plain wall. if you have on-trend dark walls, try a bold neon stripe just above the skirt­ing to pack a punch with­out over­pow­er­ing the look. Use a ruler to plot the height of the stripe along the skirt­ing board, then mark out with mask­ing tape to en­sure a sharp edge. A new run­ner gives a stair­case a smart look and will pro­tect the

steps. try a hard-wear­ing de­sign with a sub­tle pat­tern for style with sub­stance. Frosted or clear glass in­stead of spin­dles will give any stair­case a mod­ern up­date with­out the cost and dis­rup­tion of a com­plete over­haul. Com­ple­ment with lighter-coloured walls and floor­ing to keep the look as bright and airy as pos­si­ble. An om­bre ef­fect with paint can have a truly dra­matic look. Choose two colours that work to­gether, then paint the top half of the stair­case with the lighter and the bot­tom darker, leav­ing a gap in the mid­dle. When it’s dry, paint in the gap with a mix of the two hues, lay­er­ing lightly un­til you get the ef­fect.

Paper the side of your stairs to match your walls. sand­berg estelle de­sign, £76 per roll, Wall­pa­per Di­rect

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