Clever ways with staircases

23 Jul 2014

We run up and down it daily, and yet the staircase is a part of the household that often gets overlooked – but with clever uses of colour, it can set a whole new tone to the home.

We’re seeing a climb in staircase projects, and here are a few ideas to inspire you. 

Remember that stairs are often in the entranceway and will be the first thing guests will notice when they visit. The colours and themes need to match the personality of you and your home – you don’t want to tire of it too quickly.

Do you have a home full of wonderful Resene paint and colour? Send us some snaps by emailing editor Sharon Newey on [email protected].

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Paint effects specialist Greer Clayton has a fine eye for detail, and painted these numbered stairs using Resene testpots of various colours (available from your local Resene ColorShop). The neutral base of the steps is Resene Barely There.

pictures Photograph from Hotspots.

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Greer also does beautiful things with stencils. These front steps are first painted with Resene Lumbersider tinted to Resene Athens Grey, and patterned with Resene Quarter Delta. The front door itself is finished in Resene Silver Aluminium from the Resene Metallic and Special Effects range. 

pictures Photograph from Hotspots.

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If you don’t feel confident stenciling your stair risers, how about adding wallpaper, like this Eijffinger wallpaper from the Suzani collection, available at Resene.

pictures The stairs are in a project by Twist Interiors and Australian-based painters Stephen Brophy Painters & Decorators.

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The stairs themselves don’t have to be the stars. Architect Michael Pepper of Pepper Architects added impact to his stairwell with a handrail painted in Resene Flame Red and a panel to the left in Resene Yellow Submarine. 

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Clever homeowner Pippa Jinks ripped up the old grey carpet on her stairs, grabbed some Resene testpots, and converted the steps into a rainbow.

pictures Complements of the Your Home & Garden/Resene Colour Home Awards.

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