Making your Stairs Stand Out

Home staircases often serve only a functional purpose. They are carpeted or sanded down and overlooked while home owners focus on the individual rooms in their property. But stairs can be more than just a means of getting from one floor to another. More and more, people are transforming their staircases into features in their own right, or even adding functionality to them in the form of extra storage. Here are some ideas for designing your stairs to make them stand out.

A splash of colour

The options for jazzing up your stairs are, quite honestly, endless, but adding a splash of colour is perhaps the easiest way to make a feature of them. Painting or papering the risers can dramatically enhance the whole character of this part of your house, particularly if the stairs are one of the first things people see when they enter your home. Floral prints, monochrome geometrics, book spines, or quotations – anything goes when it comes to making your staircases unique.

Clever storage solutions

If your property has a limited amount of space and extending or converting isn’t an option, the stairs can become an effective storage solution. Drawers and cupboards can be incorporated into staircase designs to really give you the most from your space. Suddenly there’s somewhere to store the piles of shoes in the hallway, guests’ coats or some of the children’s toys. Just be sure to use a skilled and reputable carpenter to help if this is something you want to add to your home.

Mirrors and mosaics

You can really draw attention to your stairs by tiling the risers in a way that fits with the style of your property and interior design. Mirrored tiles add a contemporary feel, while home owners who like the green approach can recycle second hand coloured tiles.  If you’re feeling really adventurous you could create little mosaics. You don’t even have to tile every riser – tiling every second or third one would liven up the staircase without overstating it.

Under-stairs rooms

Another way to make the most of your home’s space is to create a room under the stairs. This is not possible with every home design, but can be a viable option if the property allows for it and you employ skilled builders and carpenters to help you out. You can add a small cloakroom, for example – small facilities are available on the market for this very purpose. Or you could install a walk-in wardrobe to free up space in your bedroom.

Have your house transformed

If you’d like help with transforming your staircase, or need some inspiration to make the most of your home, contact the architectural designers at Bluelime Home Design today.  With branches located across the South East and Midlands, we have home designers on hand to help.

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