The stairwell in the home is often a neglected space when designing. In most cases, the stairs are in the entry of the home and this is where the first impression is made by visitors. The stairway naturally takes the eye upward and you should make that journey as interesting as possible. Therefore, here are seven creative ways to design a stairwell.
- Statement artwork
A piece of stunning artwork that catches the eye mounted at the top of the stairs or on a landing will be a strong statement. This artwork will stand out and allow different perspectives of appreciation as one ascends the staircase.
2. A collection of artwork
A collection of artwork mounted in the stairwell will draw the eye and create an interesting display. If you lack wall space elsewhere in the home, the stairwell is the perfect spot to exhibit your favorite photographs or paintings. Grouping pieces together makes an impact. Position the pieces at a landing or align them up the stairway.
3. Wallpaper or murals
You can take some creative liberties with the stairwell when using wallpaper or murals. This is a spot in the home that is smaller and more confined, lending itself to bolder treatments. Keep in mind, however, that the stairwell should be a connector between two spaces and the style should not vary too far off course with the remainder of the home.
4. Niches and ledges
Niches and ledges open up more space for display. These built-ins can be highlighted with stunning vases or a creative vignette. Accent the spaces with lighting to highlight the display and provide illumination in the stairwell.
5. Unique treatments
A unique treatment or artistic display can really enliven the stairwell. Be creative in your selection and install a one-of-a-kind sculpture, create an upcycled wall treatment using old doors or windows, or mount a stunning art piece. Make the space personal with items or displays that will continue to inspire you or put a smile on your face as you navigate the stairs.
Chandeliers are the statement piece that give a stairwell brightness and glamour. Splurge on something truly unique or extravagant for this space. In a two-story entry, a chandelier that cascades down to the foyer is truly stunning and creates drama.
7. Supplemental lighting
Supplemental lighting may be necessary on some stairways, but great style can be imparted to this illumination as well. Accent lights along the wall, strategically mounted up-lights, and LED lights mounted in the stairs or under each riser create a nice glow and plenty of illumination for safe stair navigation. Accent lights can be used to show off artwork or special wall treatments as well.
When designing your stairwell, think statement-worthy. Artwork, lighting, wallpaper, murals, niches, built-ins and one-of-a-kind creations can provide the necessary enhancement for a stunning stairwell.