How to Make your Stairs a Feature

Stairs can take up a lot of space in a room, but they don’t have to be boring: you can make your stairs a feature space.

Stairs are a necessity and not really something we choose to put in our house. They’re a way of us getting from the downstairs to the upstairs. But rather than thinking of them as a useful-but-not-needed tool, make your stairs a feature and turn them into a statement.

Use a glass balustrade

I recently did a post about making your hallway appear bigger and lighter. A hallway is a long and narrow space that often doesn’t get much natural light thanks to all the doors that come off it. If you don’t want to stain your stairs for fear of making the space darker, you can install glass balustrades such as the ones from Cheshire Mouldings.

They can be used in such a way to make your staircase appear as if it’s floating. The glass will make the staircase blend in with the wall more seamlessly. The glass also lets much more light through and reflects it, making your hallway appear lighter too.

make your stairs a feature with a glass banister

Install a runner

This is the sort of task you can do yourself and can be reasonably cheap. If you have wooden stairs already, the runner can be stapled in place. Just remember that your stairs won’t be perfectly straight, so measure the width properly all the way down. Otherwise you’ll have a wonky runner.

 

stairs with runner

 

Runners draw the eye up the stairs, so they can create an illusion if you have a small narrow hallway of it being bigger than it really is.

Use wallpaper on the stairs

floral staircase with wallpaper

Photo credit: https://sarahmoorehome.co.uk

Wallpaper is a fun and easy way of adding some colour and pattern to make your stairs a feature. It’s easy to apply, is relatively cheap and can look amazing. See how Sarah’s used the floral pattern in the stairs above which adds bright yellows and pinks to stairs that might otherwise be brown and white.

Use different colours and woods

Don’t just stick to one type of colour or wood. A deep mahogany looks lovely with white spindles, which is what Christine has done from Little House on the Corner

white and mahogany staircase

Photo credit: https://www.littlehouseonthecorner.com/

They lovingly restored their falling apart staircase and made it look incredible.

There are so many ways you can change up your stairs. They don’t have to be plain, but can be seen as a piece of artwork that brightens up your house. Make them a statement!

Some home office design ideas

Our house renovation has finally slowed down, but we’re always thinking ahead, and now we’re scoping out some office design ideas.

Now that we’ve moved in, we’re slowly plodding along with smaller jobs. You might have seen my bathroom reveal a couple of days ago, so the office is now the only un-decorated room to go. There are two rooms in the house that haven’t been touched at all: the master bedroom and the spare bedroom.

The office will mainly be my domain; a space for my books, a quiet place to blog. The office design ideas should incorporate a space for my desk, my bookshelves and space for my keyboard. I’m still not convinced this will fit, as I don’t want a space that looks overly cramped or messy.

I also know that I would like to keep the space light and airy. It’s the smallest room of the house, because the boiler is in a cupboard/room within the study. I’d like to disguise this boiler room as much as possible. You can see how it looks in the picture below (terrible quality sorry).

It is currently a complete waste of space. When we looked around the house for the first time, there was one shelf of books in it. I think we could fit many more shelves in here, for storing things like toilet roll and spare cables for the computer/laptops. It sits directly over the staircase, which is why it has a funny shaped ‘floor’.

So far, the room is a complete blank slate. I removed all the wallpaper before we moved in. The laminate floor and skirting boards (unpainted) are also in. We’ll be using lining paper instead of paying for a plasterer, and then painting the walls. Although, my office design ideas incorporated wallpaper, maybe just along one wall. I love this way of using wallpaper. Wallpaper behind a shelved wall will always look great, but I like the subtle-ness of the paper.

As mentioned above, I like minimalism, and classic, clean edges. Like this:

office design ideas

Photo by Kari Shea on Unsplash

I love the artwork on the walls above the desk. It is simple but it really works, and adds to the corner. My desk is currently sitting in a corner, so I’ll definitely be considering some sort of shelving/art work on the wall to the right. Maybe that’s the wall I should put my paper on:


Some of my favourite bloggers’ offices

Lark and Linen

Jacquelyn’s study is what dreams are made of. Her house is old enough to have that stunning wooden panelling all the way around, which she’s accentuated by adding wallpaper just above it.
Her study is huge, and enables her to have a reading chair in the corner, complete with an overhanging light. And just look at that bookshelf.

Wit and Delight

I love a good nosy at a Before and After, and Kate’s did not disappoint. That blue colour is brave but stunning, and it compliments the brown hue of the wooden floorboards. Kate’s study can hold the colour because of its size, but she also breaks up the colour using white furniture, and artwork.

 

Swoon Worthy

Kimberly is renowned for her bold splashes of colour combined with crazy patterns, but she always pulls the look off. Her home office is no different. I adore the pink colours combined with the dark desk and floorboards, with the elements of gold layered over the top too in the bookshelf, the chair, and art work. And that egg chair!! If I had one of those in my office, I would never do any work. Kimberly always persuades me that you can go a bit wild with patterns and colours, and that it can work.

How would you decorate your office? Clean and serene, or loud and bold?