Sometimes, an elegant staircase isn’t necessary – it can become a fun, statement piece.
When it comes to dealing with a staircase there’s no reason to be staid. It’s not for everyone but color, via paint, was chosen by designer Muriel Brandolini (known for her vivid combinations) to pep up the rise to the second floor in an old country-house [top]. Multicolor schemes are often found in cottage-style décor, which here is mixed with retro wallpaper and mid-century modern accessories. But even if the ceiling beams were whitewashed and the printed walls erased, the lacquer-look stairs would still scream for attention and suggest that no one is taking things too seriously in this house.
A zebra stair runner elicits an immediate “oh my.” It’s bold, for sure, and that kind of pattern on a staircase would never be described as a safe choice. But given the super serious décor in this entry (not to mention a tangerine table skirt — I’ll withhold comment on that), the zany animal print suggests a youthful, adventurous spirit and a sense of humor. Allison also showed this room in her post on Vintage Gold Leaf Mirrors.
Someone who doesn’t read French might think the words stenciled onto the staircase risers have no meaning to them. But even in French they are poetically nonsensical (top to bottom): She is, happiness, asking nothing, for now, her paradise, is found, childhood. It would work in English (or another language) too. But I really adore the way the color and type is used (and I hope this isn’t photoshopped!!) Even if it is a computer confection, the graphic concept of word art on stairs can be done and feels very cool.
(Source: WOI, Apartment Therapy, 4bildcasa)