There was once a time when the staircase served as much more than just a practical means to get from one floor to another. They were a revered focal point of any foyer or living room with the ability to make grandiose statements with lavish chandeliers hanging down the middle and multiple landing pads.
And while few of us are as lucky as say, Cher Horowitz, to come home to a staircase like the one in Clueless, that doesn't mean you can't make your stairs look like a million bucks. Whether you're working with a winding staircase, a ladder, or just a few steps, scroll through for ways to make any of the above the focal point of the foyer or living room again.
We're just going to come out and say it, this is one of our favorite staircase designs ever. The rainbow ombre carpet on these steps is at once whimsical, gorgeous, and a total showstopper.
If a custom-dyed carpet job isn't in your budget, consider painting your stairs with a fresh coat of paint to recreate the effect.
When it comes to styling stairs, most opt for a fresh coat of paint or a carpet runner. Take note from this gorgeous stairway and do both. The yellow printed runner paired with the teal paint on the risers makes for a complementary color combo that gives this staircase a major "wow" factor.
Don't forget the space under your stairs when styling your home. If you're lucky enough to have an empty space between the stairs and the wall, make the most of it with smart accessories. Add bookshelves and a bench to create a little reading nook or add in a storage unit to tuck extra clutter away.
Stain and paint are both excellent options for refreshing a dull staircase, but mixing both mediums makes for a truly stellar combo. Stain the treads in a deep wood shade and contrast with a bright white paint on the risers for a clean and updated look.
If you're redesigning your staircase, every detail matters. Don't settle for just any spindle, as it's one element that can drastically change the final look of your design. These iron spindles combine both curved and straight designs to give the foyer a rustic, earthy look.