Stairs are often one of the most prominent features of your entryway, creating a statement as they rise to your second floor.
Yet if you’ve never taken the time to make them stand out, you might feel a little stuck with the potential.
While you may think of your staircase as one complete unit, there are many parts that make up the stairs. The stair riser and tread are the two major parts that make up a staircase. The stair tread is what your foot lands on as you walk up the stairs. The stair riser is the vertical support that fills the space between the tread.
Before you consider how to decorate them, it’s important that your steps are in good shape. With average wear and tear, creaks and squeaks can occur due to gaps between the riser and the tread. If you hear a squeak or see a crack, repair it before you make any improvements.
One of the most beautiful ways to have your staircase make a statement is by installing hardwood. Choose hardwood to match the rest of the flooring throughout your home. But the ideas don’t have to end there. Many homeowners change out the wood in order to create more personality. How about painting the riser a different color? How about using two different stains to create a unique look? Do a little investigating online, looking at home improvement sites and Pinterest to find the perfect look for your home.
When it comes to decorative risers, tile is a beautiful and durable option. With so many choices in colors and patterns, you can add a pop of color and design that adds your own personality into your decor. Because of the unique issues when dealing with tiling risers, it’s a project best left to the pros.
Many homeowners love the look of hardwood throughout the home. Yet hardwood can be dangerous on staircases, especially if you have elderly or small children at home. One solution can be to install carpet runners. This gives you the ability to add softness and comfort while letting the beauty of hardwood shine around it.
Your stair risers can be a fun place to express your unique style and personality. You can make a permanent change or use fun and easy ideas to change it up on a regular basis. Either way, you can create a home that truly stands out.