Stairway to Style

10 tips to turn your staircase from a bridge between two levels to a style statement in your home

Issue: Sep 2015

If you have to have stairs to connect you from one level to the next, why not turn them into a statement piece for your home?
If you have to have stairs to connect you from one level to the next, why not turn them into a statement piece for your home?

For most homeowners, staircases can be a necessary bane. You need them because they connect one level to the next. But they also take up usable space. Instead of letting your stairs stifle your home décor, why not turn them into style statements? Inside shows you 10 ways to do it.

1. Slick On A Lick Of Paint

Don't limit colours to walls and furnishings, paint banisters, and even the underside of the stairs to create a conversation piece
Don’t limit colours to walls and furnishings, paint banisters, and even the underside of the stairs to create a conversation piece

One of the easiest ways to do up your stairs is to paint it. And, why limit it to the steps? Paint the banister, the walls, and even the underside of the stairs. Create contrasts or shade your way up. Home-Fix stocks a wide array of paints. Go ahead and have fun because if you do not like what you have done, you can always paint it over.

2. Paint A Rainbow

Paint a rainbow onto your stairs and add a splash of colour to your home
Paint a rainbow onto your stairs and add a splash of colour to your home

While you are exploring where to paint, think about what colours you can use. The progressive nature of stairs make them the perfect canvas for painting a rainbow on. Otherwise, let go of your inhibitions and create a mosaic of colours.

3. Pen Down Your Thoughts

Stenciled or tiled, you can put words on each step to add a literary touch to your home
Stenciled or tiled, you can put words on each step to add a literary touch to your home

Think of each step as an empty page that you can write on. You can pen down your thoughts, your address, the lines of your favourite poem, or even number the steps. If you do not trust your own writing, Art Friend, newly opened at Plaza Singapura, has an extensive range of stencils to guide you along.

The walls along the staircase provide the perfect platform to flex your literary muscles. You can write or create a text graphic on it
The walls along the staircase provide the perfect platform to flex your literary muscles. You can write or create a text graphic on it

The wall along your staircase can be your notice board, too. Fill it with lines from your childhood stories or nursery rhymes, put down a quote that inspires, or create a text graphic on it.

4. Pretty It Up With Paper

Floral wall paper makes this stairway really stand out, especially when the walls around are kept stark for better contrast
Floral wall paper makes this stairway really stand out, especially when the walls around are kept stark for better contrast

Why should wall paper be limited to the wall? You can cover your stairs with wall paper. The Wall Story at IMM Building has an amazing range. Go a little crazy and cover each step with a different wall paper if you like. For the best contrast, keep the surrounding area as plain as possible so your stairs really stand out.

5. Tile It With Style

Tiles can be used to create a Mediterranean feel to your stairs and turn a functional section of your home into a gateway to a resort
Tiles can be used to create a Mediterranean feel to your stairs and turn a functional section of your home into a gateway to a resort

For a Mediterranean feel, you can introduce colourful tiles to your stairs. Go for shades of blues and earth tones with a splash of orange and ochre, colours that mimic the sand and surf. To channel some Costa del Sol vibes, use white concrete for your stairs studded with irregular grey slate slabs. Home will feel like a holiday hideaway.

6. Step Lightly

Play with lights to create interesting shapes and shadows that will add depth and dimension to your stairs
Play with lights to create interesting shapes and shadows that will add depth and dimension to your stairs

Stairways can sometimes be a little dark. If you have to light yours up, take the opportunity to play with lights. Go to Sense N Bedeck at IMM Building and try out different lights or floor lights that can create interesting shapes and shadows to add depth to your stairs.

7. Create An Optical Illusion

Turn your stairs into conversation pieces by creating optical illusions with them
Turn your stairs into conversation pieces by creating optical illusions with them

Let your quirky side take charge and create optical illusions with your stairs. Their symmetry makes them great canvases for playing tricks on the mind so try out geometric shapes or line the walls with mirrors that transform narrow stairways into endless open spaces. They can become such fun places to explore, you may not mind climbing up and down those stairs all day long.

8. Make Them Into Art

Don't be koi, paint some fish on your stairs and turn your stairway into a maintenance-free aquarium
Don’t be koi, paint some fish on your stairs and turn your stairway into a maintenance-free aquarium; alternatively, make use of the natural shape of each step to pencil in some creativity

Murals need not be limited to walls. You can create them on your stairs as well so you can enjoy art every step of the way. Some artistic flair is needed though.

Add to your storage space by transforming each step into a drawer
Add to your storage space by transforming each step into a drawer

9. Put It To Work

If your stairs are going to take up precious space, make them work for you. Turn each step into a drawer for storing knick-knacks; build shelves beneath the stairs for your books; turn the odd space there into a cozy rest stop – let your imagination take flight!

The space beneath your stairs can be fitted with shelves for storage or turned into a cozy corner
The space beneath your stairs can be fitted with shelves for storage or turned into a cozy corner

10. Accessorise, Accessorise, Accessorise!

Potted plants, scented candles - just about anything can be used to decorate your stairs as long as it fits your home décor
Potted plants, scented candles – just about anything can be used to decorate your stairs as long as it fits your home décor

Shelves have long been the place to display decorative items. But why stop there? Steps make great places to showcase your travel souvenirs or collectibles. Even the walls along the stairs can be used to put up paintings and pictures, or carve out recesses to put in decorations. Novelty stores like Feeling at Bugis Junction or Precious Thoughts at several CapitaLand malls are great places to browse for bric-a-brac. For potted plants, go to Raffles Florist or Petals by SF. Pick up a few deliciously-scented candles from The Body Shop and make stair-climbing a sensory experience.

Create nooks on the wall along the stairs for your decorations or hang pictures there so that your trip up and down will be a visual treat
Create nooks on the wall along the stairs for your decorations or hang pictures there so that your trip up and down will be a visual treat

As long as you think of your stairs as a part ofyour home décor, you can use them to connect your entire home both in form and function. Go ahead and take that first step on your stairway to style.

Shop with us:

Where to buy paint:
Home-Fix
www.home-fix.com
Bukit Panjang Plaza #01-32
IMM Building #02-08/09
Lot 1 Shoppers’ Mall #B1-07
ION Orchard #B4-01
Bedok Mall #B2-17/18

Where to buy stencils:
Art Friend
www.artfriend.com.sg
Plaza Singapura B1-10/13

Where to buy wall paper:
The Wall Story
www.thewallstory.com.sg
IMM Building #02-64

Where to buy lights:
Sense N Bedeck
www.sandbgroup.net
IMM #03-16

Where to buy decorations:
Feeling
www.feeling.sg
Bugis Junction #03-05

Where to buy lights:
Precious Thoughts
www.preciousthots.com
Bugis Junction #03-05B
Junction 8 #04-02A
Plaza Singapura #03-17
Raffles City #03-17/18/19
Tampines Mall #03-20/21

Raffles Florist
www.rafflesflorist.com
Junction 8 #B1-06
Bugis Junction #01-69A

Where to buy lights:
Petals by SF
www.steveflorist.com.sg
IMM Building #01-01

The Body Shop
www.thebodyshop.com.sg
ION Orchard #B2-39
Plaza Singapura #01-02
Junction 8 #01-09
Bugis Junction #01-28
Raffles City Singapore #01-42
Sembawang Shopping Centre #01-04
Bedok Mall #01-26
Tampines Mall #01-30
Lot 1 Shoppers’ Mall #01-14
IMM Building #01-121
Bukit Panjang Plaza #01-46/47
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