A Step Above: Centerpiece Staircases

Often a neglected design component, the staircase is the workhorse of the house, enduring countless forays between up and down.  Typically relegated to the land of blah, staircases are traditionally painted a neutral color or stained to match adjacent woodwork.  Some forsaken flights are unkindly carpeted in a monstrously muddy shade to intentionally hide dirt.  Considering the typical staircase is approximately 3 feet wide by 8 feet high, that’s a lot of area fueled with unbridled design potential!

With some imagination, your staircase can be an extraordinary element in your space.  Check out these stunning examples:

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Design Sponge

Lowe’s Creative Ideas

Jonathan Adler Interior Design

Elle Decor, Caitlin-Dowe Sands

Ferm Living, Clever Spaces

Design Crisis

DIY Network

My Itchy Fingers

Coastal Living


design amour, Peacock Painters

apartment therapy

Funky Junk Interiors




  1. We (my architect partner and I) are just finishing a daycare renovation project where we chose to use color only on the stairs, railings and doors…. so, as you walk in, the main stairs are bright red against white walls! It does really change a space when you use the stairs as a designed feature. Also on some doors, we have a circular window low on the door so that the kids can see from one room to the next! Maybe you could do an article on doors… which is one of my favorite architectural elements????!!!!

    • Karen Egly-Thompson says:

      I’d love to see a picture of the daycare renovation. A posting on doors shall come….thanks for the suggestion!

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