Recently, I wrote a post called Decoincidence (see the link below), which showed how a white-on-yellow stenciled staircase could relate to similar prints on pillows to become a decorative sub-theme. A fellow blogger, Adele Shotton-Pugh, who contributes to the effervescent Terry’s Fabrics blog in the UK, was drawn to the bright yellow staircase, which in turn sparked her thought-provoking post The Painted Staircase: Is It a Stairway to Heaven? Adele makes a case for creating a colorful painted staircase as a daring design statement in a house. I second that! Two photos struck me. I found the vibrant green and blue spindle colors against all-white walls [top] to be especially stunning and almost musical — as if each different color spindle could play a different note.
The idea of gradient or ombré color on staircase risers is another gem. Powerful blue-green hues fall into the challenge category, but one successfully met in this home (especially with a cute white pup for contrast). Both of these give new meaning to the term “entrance-maker.”
The folks at Farrow and Ball recently sent around a how-to on painting floors, together with this photo of a faux staircase runner, painted of course. Their colors used for this “carpet” – which also has a strong green element — include Dove Tale, Arsenic, Mahogany and Babouche (floor paint, natch). Walls are done in Off-White Estate Emulsion.
Coincidentally, I found a painted staircase “runner” that’s more or less the reverse of the F&B opus and probably easier to DIY.