Stairs are a functional piece of architecture. We need them to go from one floor to another.
I thought it would be fun to look at some very decorative and different risers, the vertical areas between the stair treads.
I’ve always loved the look of a tin ceiling. You can also get the same textured look on your stairs with embossed wallpaper that you can paint. So pretty just left white I think.
The chevron pattern is very popular lately. I really like the stairs below. I think the bottom riser would have looked better to have them all be the same design, but it appears the bottom riser may be a little shorter than the others.
After reading about the method for completing the chevron stairs, I would have to pass on it. It is not one for a beginner DIY-er! Very pretty though.
Black and white together is classic. The stairs below are classic with a touch of whimsy. They used four patterns, one pattern every fourth riser. It appears to be wallpaper to me. It adds interest to the stairs and looks great with the black wrought iron railing.
Adding colorful risers is another way to go. Boho chic flowered wallpaper carries your eye all the way up the stairs. They are all different patterns, but the all-white walls give it a neutral background otherwise it could look too busy.
You could paint your risers in different folk art patterns. The source for this photo doesn’t give any information on how this was done, but I love the soft colors used. They’re all so different but not working against each other.
They remind me of Warren Kimble paintings (such as Burnt Hills below), as if parts of the painting were isolated and used on each riser. The artist has over 50 years experience and lives in Vermont. His paintings evoke a simpler time and living in the country.
Mexican tiles are a beautiful addition to the stairs below.
My last staircase is made out of beautiful oak wood and curved with a wooden handrail on the left that gives the appearance of a dragon’s back. This is at the Casa Batllo in Barcelona. The building was redesigned in 1904 by Antoni Gaudi
The risers are the same as the treads, but I just love the different perspective Gaudi has for making buildings and architectural pieces eclectic and stimulating.
This quote is taken from the ancient Chinese philosopher, Lau-tsu, who said “a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”