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Staircase Decor, 3 Frequent Errors + what to do as an alternative



Hello Everybody,

Pleased Easter and Passover!


Some time again, I obtained an actual Pricey Laurel word asking about staircase decor.

So, out of curiosity, I appeared it the phrase “staircase,” within the dictionary:

I came upon that the phrase originated within the early seventeenth century.



Don’t you love outdated architectural drawings? I do. This can be a fragment of the beautiful grand staircase at Le Petit Trianon, Versailles. Louis XVI had it constructed for his mistress Madame De Pompadour. Nevertheless, she died earlier than it was full.



In the present day, a piece of the ornate railing. Picture by Stacey Bewkes of Quintessence. There are extra beautiful pictures from the palace within the hyperlink.


Staircase = drama



Frankly, my expensive… You’re coming with me!


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I get somewhat dizzy after I take a look at this, however that’s extra me than this cool design.


Time to desert the extraordinary for the three “are you kidding me?” examples to keep away from in staircase decor and design.



What is that this?

Not solely does it look hazardous, however it additionally needs to be the ugliest factor I’ve ever seen.



No, wait. I used to be mistaken. That is uglier.

Please put in a correct runner or nothing in any respect.


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I believe that staircase may use somewhat mowing. What do you suppose?

Severely, although, I have seen this in folks’s houses.

What do you do if there isn’t any completed tread?

You should purchase tread and riser covers to make a correct tread, after which you may put down a stunning runner. We’ll get to that in a sec.







I’m certain I’ve overlooked one thing.


Please let me know within the feedback about any staircase abominations you’ve come throughout.


Let’s transfer on to the dos in staircase decor.


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I like the look of this all-white banister and rail. Nevertheless, the fact is that the rail will get loads of abuse. So, if you wish to do that, it might take loads of prep-work to get a great strong end that’s much less apt to chip.


little green notebook black staircaseLittle Inexperienced Pocket book

This all-black staircase is stylish as hell, IMO. Black is a development in staircase decor that I’m digging for extra city areas, at the least.


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David Hicks (unsure of the supply)


The query is: Are you able to paint a slender again staircase a darkish shade?


YES! You’ll be able to see how fabulous that is. However, it has to make sense. On this case, I believe it does.


jk-place-capri-michele-bonan - Chippendale railing - staircase decor

I can’t probably do a publish about staircases with out placing in my favourite one in your complete world–in my favourite lodge. The JK Place Capri.

For extra beautiful pictures of the JK Place, please go right here.

In the event you don’t already know, the model of this railing is Chinese language Chippendale after the cabinet-maker, Thomas Chippendale. The late 1700s was when Chinoiserie grew to become wildly common in England and France.


Screen Shot 2016-03-11 at 7.35.30 PMMeg Braff’s equally gorge Chinese language Chippendale railing in white.


Elizabeth-Roberts-Ensemble-Architecture-Fort-Greene-Cumberland-Terrace-Remodelista-14-733x1101through the Romodelista – Elizabeth Roberts Townhome in Brooklyn

Extra black stairs. Love the ebony herringbone flooring too.


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I believe these are wrought iron spindles, however not 100% certain. It’s an English Nation Dwelling by Sims Hilditch


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Alright. Beautiful staircase. Beautiful! However, sisal stair runner. Appears to be like nice.


If this was 5 years in the past, I’d’ve mentioned:


Don’t do it. It’s slippery, and it stains.
I repeat. It’s slippery, and it stains.

Nevertheless, my good friend Lotte Meister has it throughout her dwelling. Please learn what she mentioned about it on this publish from 2018.

Please word that the above runners are within the waterfall model set up.


staircase runner Loi Thai Tone on Tone wool sisal black railing

In the event you don’t do sisal you may do a principally wool and sisal mix.

Above and under by Loi Thai of Tone on Tone.


wool sisal stair case runner

There are additionally wool and sisal blends that look sisal however are usually not slippery.

That is known as a Hollywood set up. Really, I didn’t know that time period. I all the time simply known as it the one which wraps tightly across the stair tread.

With most stair runners, there must be about 3-6″ of wooden exhibiting. Greater than 8,” and I believe it begins to look humorous until it’s a super-wide staircase. However please, no six-foot-wide staircases with a 27″ vast runner. That’s not a great look, nevertheless, I’ve seen it carried out.



Outdated Townhome

This weblog has a superb tutorial for creating the above wainscoting with an built-in handrail. Wainscoting is the antidote to greasy palms. :]



SB Lengthy Interiors

Dwell the crisp, tailor-made work and millwork.



Sims Hilditch




Do you know you can have wallpaper laminated? The one that wrote in mentioned that she wanted one thing tremendous sturdy. Effectively, there’s the reply. I like Schneider Banks in Texas, however different locations will laminate your wallpaper so it may be cleaned simply.


Some wallpapers are wipeable however not laminated.


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Then, some lovely high-end vinyl papers are tremendous sensible and great-looking. The above wallpaper is David Hick’s The Vase- out there via Clarence Home. 


Okay, and now for the some information!


Issues are shifting together with my renovation. I’ve gotten some quotes from the contractor. Sure, it’ll be costly. However, we already knew that.

How a lot, Laurel?

Haha. Perhaps I’ll go over that in the future, however not proper now.

I’m nonetheless ready for quotes from the kitchen cupboard maker, however that must be coming very quickly.

Within the meantime, I’m a lunatic pondering, pondering, excited about many different design particulars.

And, certainly one of them is the staircase railing! First, let’s take a look at my lounge again wall as it’s in the present day–sans furnishings.


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I can’t wait to do away with the horrid spiral staircase. You’ll be able to learn extra about it right here.

And, additionally this publish which discusses unconventional staircase design–and security.

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Above, I just about created the brand new stairwell, roughly the place it’s going to go. Sure, the baseboard heating on that wall goes bye-bye.

Since I’m planning on placing in a mini-split ductless AC, I gained’t want it, as additionally they present extra warmth, if crucial.


Okay, sorry to go away you hanging.

Nevertheless, we have to cease for in the present day. Subsequent time, please come see my design for a staircase railing, and extra.




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