Now that I’ve covered painted stairs, what about good old-fashioned wooden treads?  Well, no worries – they can also get dressed up, down, covered or uncovered with eye-popping results!

2)  Wood…

Here is a beautiful example of natural wood not only on the treads, but also running up the sides to serve as handrails:

Wooden Stair Rail Wall

I was in awe of this example of using stains & paints to mimic the gorgeous marquetry (inlaid wood) that artisans have used in furniture for centuries:



3)  Rugs…

Of course, the good old-fashioned stair runner gives you the opportunity to show some stair, while still dressing it is up with pattern and color.  This can work with traditional or contemporary interiors:

Victorian Entry -Julia Williams Interiors

Striped Runner          Check Runner

4)  Tile…

This is a fantastic modern take on tiled risers on a set of contemporary indoor stairs:

Tim Barber Ltd.-Tile Stairs

5)  Storage…

Who couldn’t use more storage?  If you’ve filled your cabinets to capacity everywhere else in your house, consider making your staircase serve double-duty:

storage-stair-2   storage-stair-3

Understair Storage     Wine Storage

6)  Whole Room…

This one surprised even this seasoned Portland interior designer!  Looking to add another bath or powder room in your house?  Look no further than under your stairs:


Under-Stair Bath