Step by Step

Saturday, July 18, 2009 | Category: Decorating, Design Inspiration


Stairs, like people, come in all shapes & sizes and can be “dressed” in many ways:


These dramatically wide steps taper off to a more narrow staircase.  The border of the runner creates a pathway.


Very graphic railing and I love the black and white contrast.


Decorative tile work adorn these risers.


This nature inspired runner “grows” up the stairs.


Yet another black and white, zebra striped runner and black & white photographs with white floors and black baseboards and railing.


Stenciling poetic words on your steps gives you something to read on the way up…


A built-in bookcase conceals the staircase behind and makes good usage of a corridor.


A contemporary staircase descending from the second floor to the first floor.


A clear glass partition like this helps make any narrow space feel more open, especially good for compact staircases.


Another contemporary staircase of steel and cables – love the water fountain under the stairs!


Very very clever to make drawers out of steps!


It was the black cat that got my attention – and I bet he loves these stairs!


Not a flight of stairs I would want to take after a few too many drinks or wearing high heels – narrow, steep,  and uneven – but love the old world feel and painted runner.


Another hand painted runner – this to match with the front door and entry walls!


How do you dress your stairs?

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5 Comments to 'Step by Step'

Dorm Bedding 19 Jul 09 at 3:17 pm

Some really wonderful photographs 🙂 I love the second one – the stairs make such a statement. And, my stairs aren’t dressed at all at the moment – just polished wood.

Alycia Wicker 20 Jul 09 at 11:14 am

Those wide to narrow stairs are to die for!

Jerod 07 Oct 09 at 5:43 pm

Having just done a very custom stairway for a 3 story house I appreciate the beauty of all these interiors.
Although the drawers in the stairs is a great idea don’t think I would want the responsibility of that one.

Kerri 04 Nov 09 at 9:41 am

can you give me some more info on the bookcase used to enclose the staircase? i’m an architect in nyc and am looking to do something similar. where did you get that picture? it’s fantastic!

Julie 16 Nov 10 at 10:47 am

Where can I find non-traditional runners as shown in these photos? I can only find florals and boring prints. I would love a Jonathan Adler-like runner. Please help. Thanks! Julie

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