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Stepping It Up: 7 tricks for upgrading your staircase

In many homes, the staircase is a major focal point  the first thing you see when you walk through the front door, and something that can really set the tone for the rest of the interior. If your staircase is falling flat  or you want to wow at an open house, because youre selling your home  consider some strategic changes that will elevate your entry space. Read on to learn about ways big and small that will enhance your staircases design  and give your guests a magnificent, memorable welcome. 

1. Think metals and metallics 

Though stairs are traditionally wood, think outside the box when it comes to the materials. Switch wooden treads for metal  think raised-diamond patterns or grated styles  to infuse your space with an industrial feel, all while making for a more practical staircase that can withstand the toughest wear and tear. Or, change out the wood balusters for metal ones, such as wrought iron or stainless steel. A bigger idea: Consider installing an all-metal, open staircase for a final product that juxtaposes heavy-duty materials with an airy design. 

spiral staircase

2. Introduce circles or curves

While straight or angular staircases are a classic architectural feature, a curved staircase can lend a more elegant or energetic air. Spiral, circular or curved staircases create a statement as soon as you walk through the front door, making them the ideal option for a foyer that sets the tone for the rest of the house. If you have a very large foyer, consider two curved staircases that mirror each other and meet at the top, for a grand but graceful look. Even if you dont install a curved stair, consider adding curved balusters to give the illusion of a flowing, statement-making staircase.

metal staircase

3. Reconsider the railing

If your staircase is already in place but you want to make a change, upgrade just the railing for a totally refreshed look without in-depth renovations or construction. An intricate wrought-iron railing or balusters can lend some opulence to your home, while traditional tapered balusters will infuse the space with a classic, Craftsman look. Or, consider clear glass panels instead of balusters altogether, to add a contemporary edge to your existing staircase. No matter what, you can achieve an entirely new look without investing in a more extensive redo. 

4. Pump it up with paint

If you dont want to remodel your staircase but would love a new look, adding a fresh coat of paint will make it pop. From painting the balusters and walls to repainting all the stair components themselves  treads, risers, handrails, everything  the ways you can change up your space with vibrant hues are nearly endless. Consider adding a periwinkle blue shade the Pantone 2022 color of the year to the stairs for a bright, vivid way to lead to your upper level. If your flooring has a light finish, opt for a rich navy hue or a saturated black or gray, to create a stark contrast. You can even paint the stairs, walls and railings the same color  or variations of the same hue  to create a bold, monochromatic look. 

5. Roll out a statement-making runner

A wool runner up the stairs is a relatively affordable and low-maintenance way to make a big impact. From geometric styles with stripes and zigzags to abstract options inspired by watercolors, there are countless carpet styles to choose from. Opt for solid, brightly-hued carpeting to make a bold and unapologetic statement, or unleash an animal print such as antelope, leopard or tiger. Whatever you choose, just be sure it has a low-enough pile that it wont show wear quickly.

6. Reflect on what mirrors can do

To make your entry hall look bigger and brighter  and a lot more glamorous consider leveraging mirrors. Whether you opt for sheets of it, installed floor-to-ceiling on the walls, or hang multiple mirrors on the wall up the staircase, the reflections will bounce light throughout the space and make it feel airier and more open making mirrors another perfect way to transform your space without undertaking major renovations.

If you like your staircase the way it is, but are still looking for a change, adding lots of artwork will pump up its volume. Creating a dynamic and stylish gallery wall is an easy way to totally transform the look of your staircase without making any significant changes or undertaking any expensive upgrades. Ideas to try: For the various art pieces, choose frames in differing designs but all the same shade black or gold, for example, which make the boldest statements and hang them along the staircase for visual interest. Mix the types of art  paintings, prints and photographs, for example for the most eclectic look. 

Upgrade your staircase

Staircases can make or break the overall feeling of a home, so dont underestimate their impact. And, if your current home has a less-than-perfect vibe for your life now, get in touch with the industrys finest agents all at Briggs Freeman Sothebys International Realty. Any one of them can help you find the perfect home for the way you live now.

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