weekend decorator – 7 amazing ways to turn your stairs into a design statement

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Karen Haller

Weekend Decorator stair rise - using wallpaper. This opens a new browser window.

In the first of my new series ‘weekend decorator’ I’m featuring what is probably the most under utilised surface in your home, one that you can turn into a real design statement.

Traditionally the humble staircase was just seen as a functional way to move from one floor to the next, often covered in carpet or a wood stain. Here are 7 ideas to inspire you to create a personalised design statement, in just one weekend.

Weekend Decorator - stair rise - stickers. This opens a new browser window.

Wall stickers aren't just for walls. Use them on any surface. Via Room Envy.

Weekend Decorator - stair rise - book shelf. This opens a new browser window.

What a great use of space, a book shelf in the stair riser. Via Apartment Therapy.

Weekend Decorator – stair rise – painted pink with quotes. This opens a new browser window.

Paint your stairs in your favourite colours & your favourite quotes. Via Trendir.

Weekend Decorator - stair rise - stencilled. This opens a new browser window.

Create your own design using stencils. Via Apartment Therapy.

Weekend Decorator - stair rise - using wallpaper. This opens a new browser window.

Here's a great use for that left over wallpaper you've been saving. Via Door Sixteen.

Weekend Decorator – stair rise – chalk board.

Children will love this novel chalk board. Via Houston Lifestyle & 3 Little Chickies.

Weekend Decorator - stair rise - rainbow stairs. This opens a new browser window.

Bringing a rainbow into your life every day! Via News Interior Design.

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  1. Tamsin Fox-Davies on July 26, 2011 at 9:47 am

    These pictures are gorgeous.

    I love little bits of decoration and detail in unexpected places and these are just perfect for that.

    My favourite is probably the bookshelves.

    • admin on July 29, 2011 at 8:25 am

      Yes it’s a simple way to add decoration and a bit of fun in the most unexpected of places! It’s an innovative way to store your books. I think my favourite is the chalk board, appealing to my fun, playful side.

      • Janet Best on August 1, 2011 at 10:05 am

        Hi Karen

        Once again you have shared with us all a real gem. Stairs are so often overlooked as just a connecting space to take us to rooms where all teh care and attention to design are carefully considered. I will never look at a staircase in the same way again.

        • admin on August 1, 2011 at 12:52 pm

          Hi Janet, I feel the same way. Every stair case I look at now I can just see the endless creative opportunities to ‘dress them up’!

  2. Tanya Rennick on July 31, 2011 at 9:54 pm

    I love these! The books shelves are great, and although I love the chalk board, having had a large one in my last house, the dust drove me crazy. I would have to be the quotes for me, I would really go to town with my Pearls of Wisdom!

    • admin on August 1, 2011 at 8:37 am

      That’s a very good point about the chalk dust. Like a lot of creative ideas it’s usually a tug between function, practicality and design.

  3. Laura on August 1, 2011 at 8:39 pm

    aww awesome! What a great idea. I want a place with more stairs now! 🙂

    Thanks for sharing Karen… xx

    • admin on August 3, 2011 at 7:50 pm

      It is a fun idea!

  4. Valerie on August 8, 2011 at 4:05 pm

    I love the stairs idea Karen, it’s left me wondering what to do with mine.

    • admin on August 9, 2011 at 2:29 pm

      It’s a great surface to let your imagination go wild! Enjoy

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