Money Mondays: Stairs looking a little dusty? Before you spring for a reno, consider a little DIY

With the myriad of home improvement shows on HGTV and mavens of DIY decorating out there like Martha Stewart, home decorating and home improvement have become a serious business. And with any serious business, creativity and competition usually run hot. Especially when it comes to decorations for stairs. Once you see the ideas listed below, you’ll be able to take your stairs to a whole new, stylish level.

1. Wall Paper

Risers on your staircase can turn a blank canvas into an eye-catching focal point if you take some wall paper, various designs, and decorate each step individually.

2. Painted Stripes

Painted stripes can immediately brighten the mood of your staircase while adding nice visual breaks to the planes of the steps.

3. The Mighty Chevron

Like Houndstooth and other classic design patterns, chevrons cut nicely, giving a steady geometric feel, and allowing a bit of departure from straight edges seen so often. With some stencils you easily can add some extra flare to your stairs. Here’s a tutorial.

4. Books

For the serious bibliophile in your family, turning your stairs into a walkable library might create the perfect fantasy for them!

5. Washi Taped

No, not a dish from the local Hibachi Grill. This pattern lends an almost industrial feel to your stairs by contrasting bright patterns and vertical lines against a solid color and horizontal steps. Watch the video tutorial here.

6. Nautical Rope Bannister

With a few well-placed door knockers and knowing how to tie a sheepshank knot, you can add a swarthy sea-going feel to your staircase! These are available to buy here. $34.95 for a set.

7. Staircase decals

From loving sayings about family to telling your kids not to stomp up the steps, you can choose what to write your loved ones as they ascend to the second floor.

8. LED Lit

To give your stairs a more contemporary, or even futuristic feeling (as well as a nice safety feature at night) add some LED lighting

along the base and edges. Read more about it here.

9. Piano Keys

For the musically-minded, turning your staircase into a toe-tapping Gershwin might just be the extra key to happiness your home needs!

10. Chalkboard

Chalkboard walls have been popular amongst parents in their children’s rooms for a while now. Another idea is to turn each riser into an unlimited canvas for you and your little one to play with.

11. Mirrored Steps

When every night needs to be a disco night in your home, mirrored steps are the best way to get down…and up.

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