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Staircase Decor Ideas

Take it from us: Staircases don’t have to be grand to make a statement. (We’ll admit we have a soft spot for humble staircases with cheerfully chipped paint and a good gallery wall.) This oft-overlooked space is typically the first things guests see when walking into your home, so you’ll want to be sure to put your best foot forward (literally!).

If you’re ready to turn your space into a show-stopping design moment, then look no further than this list of staircase decoration ideas. Whether you’re willing to pull out the sledgehammer for a big renovation project or simply paint the floor, there are near countless ways to add a layer of country charm to your staircase.

1. Go Wild With Wallpaper

Go Wild With Wallpaper

Turn up a simple staircase’s “wow” factor by adorning the walls with a pretty patterned paper. You can always use removable wallpaper for a renter-friendly (or easy to DIY) touch.

2. Try to Remove and Reveal

Try to Remove and Reveal

Don’t worry if you don’t like what you see—there might be something even better underneath! The owner of this once-foreclosed Wisconsin farmhouse stripped away old carpeting to reveal yellow and green paint.

3. Channel Beachy Vibes

Channel Beachy Vibes

If you didn’t know you were near the ocean before entering this house, the sea-foam green staircase might be a huge clue. Built in 1855, this Maine home embraces its history and geography with pastel colors and vintage signs. A duo of picnic baskets lined up against the white wall adds to the summery theme.

4. Hang Some Pawfect Portraits

Hang Some Pawfect Portraits

If your furry friend is more like family, consider decorating an area in honor of your pooch. A wall of dog silhouettes and portraits add collected charm to this space.

5. Hang Old Shutters

Hang Old Shutters

Add unique shapes to the wall to draw the eye up. Here, recycled shutters gathered from an architectural salvage yard make for a creative wall decoration full of rustic charm.

6. Try Trompe L’Oeil Paint

Try Trompe L'Oeil Paint

Rather than lay a real runner in this narrow stairwell, designer Christina Salway painted one! To get the look, start with a neutral base (white or black works best) then paint a thin boarder around your main paint color.

7. Go Bold with Paint

Go Bold with Paint

Bright (and custom mixed) Canary-colored paint steals the show in this New York farmhouse’s entryway. Opt for bright hues in complimenting color families to get a similar look.

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