21 Totally Creative Ways To Step Up Your Staircase

It will now be the most Instagrammed spot in your house.

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Your stairs are probably the last place you think about in your house to decorate. I mean, unless you're willing to rip up the carpet or do a serious reno, there's not much you can do with them, right? WRONG. Whether you want to paint, re-carpet, or do as little work as humanely possible, we've got plenty of super creative ideas to update your staircase. Bring on all the colors and patterns.

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Pattern Play

You don't even have to touch your actual stairs to make impactful decor changes. Wallpaper the wall against your staircase for serious wow-factor.

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Back in Black

Have you ever seen a sexier staircase? A black staircase with reclaimed wood steps is so hot, it's NSFW.

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Tony Vu and Tara Striano via One Kings Lane
Step It Up With Stencils

This staircase started off a basic white-and-wood style. To mix it up, the designer painted each stair face a different shade of blue, and then added delicate-looking stencils inspired by bone inlay furniture.

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Mix Tape

Lovers of whimsy, take note: These stairs were decorated with colorful adhesive tape to create this cool, waterfall-like design.

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Never Met A Stripe We Didn't Like

For a crisp, clean look, you can't go wrong with classic stripes. This blue-and-white design brings plenty of nautical charm without going overboard.

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Functional, But Still Chic

Hang a few hooks on the wall above your staircase. It's the perfect spot to hang your purse or jacket, so they're easily accessible when you're heading out.

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Courtesy of Bjorn Wallander for Emily Henderson Designs
Blue Crush

Whether you actually live by the water or just wish you did, paint your steps blue. Coastal vibes for days.

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Courtesy of Tessa Neustadt
Less Is More

Restraint is always overrated. For a cool, modern, minimalist feel, opt for reclaimed wood steps and a clean white staircase. To keep it from feeling too stark, add a small accent table at the base.

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Compare & Contrast

The staircase in a California home is graphic goals thanks to patterned tiles. The contrasting mix works thanks to a common color palette.

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Courtesy of Bethany Nauert for Emily Henderson Designs
Gallery Wall Goals

You know the perfect place to try out that gallery wall you've always wanted? Your stairwell.

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Courtesy of Lark & Linen
Run This Town

Full carpeted stairs can look a bit dated, so instead, try a runner. It'll up the cozy factor from bare stairs, but look a little more fresh.

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Looks Good On Paper

If you've got some leftover wallpaper rolls, apply them to your stair risers. Peel-and-stick wallpaper is an easy way to add some pattern to your stairs if you're not ready to commit to one pattern for the rest of your life.

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Go All Out

Absolutely obsessed with one color? Then go for it and do your whole stairwell, top to bottom, in that hue.

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Keep It Classic

Rip out the old carpet on your stairs and gave it traditional, timeless style: Dark espresso brown for the rail and steps, and classic white for the rest.

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Plaster & Disaster
Fabric FTW!

Give a staircase a breezy, colorful look using only paint and fabric. To apply the fabric, use a crafting staple: ModPodge.

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Francesco Lagnese
Animal Instincts

If you're feeling daring, experiment with a crazy print. These stairs are carpeted in a zebra print, but you could also use temporary wallpaper if this feels too bold for a long term commitment.

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Ombré Omg

Give your stairs the ombré treatment using just a few sample-sized paints.

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Color Crazy

Mix it up by painting your railing an unexpected color, like this candy apple red. The glossy red railing adds serious sex appeal.

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Run With It

Rip your old carpet off the stairs and paint them white. Then, make a runner out of a few rugs.

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Thomas Loof
Anchors Away

For a nautical-inspired staircase, choose heavy rope in place of a traditional railing and angle the runner to reveal a hint of bare floor.

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The powder room's swinging door houses a color-coordinated bookcase. Artist Judy Mulligan painted a map of Guana Cay that Watson says includes "the house, the family's favorite bar and places they like to take their boat."
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On The Map

In this Bahamian vacation home, the stairwell was painted with a map of Guana Cay that includes the house, the family's favorite bar, and places they like to take their boat. A blue runner ups the seaside feel.

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