There are many reasons why you might paint stairs in your home. For one, if you have original floors that aren't quite sharp enough to live on their own, but have way too much character to replace entirely. Or maybe the carpeted runner look is starting to look tired. A durable painted stairway is also a great option for high-traffic areas, like farmhouses, entryways or summer homes. Ahead are 25 painted stairs that have entirely transformed the utilitarian zone.
In Marrakech, a painting by Roger Sandes, Samuel Dowe-Sandes'
father, and a brass console by Popham+ accent an entry. The sconces are by Peau d’Ane, the stairs are painted concrete, and the ceiling is whitewashed cedar beams.
In this Cape Cod in Connecticut, three bands of white paint on unfinished wood works like a runner in a shiplap-lined stairway.
The riser's on the stairs of this Cape Cod home by Ken Fulk are an original painted white patina.
In a London townhouse, cool gray gloss stairs are topped with a sari silk runner.
Designer Designer Kerry Joyce painted the steps of a staircase in playful ocean-green Bezique by for an actress's family home in Malibu, California. The sconce and surfboard tied to the ceiling reiterate the home's lighthearted, seaside vibe.
In Michael Bruno's Tuxedo Park home, wood floors and stairs are stained ebony.
In this Memphis home, the stair treads are kept a russet stain while the risers are painted a crisp white.
A high-gloss gray blue white stairway in a timber farmhouse by
In this , low VOC green gray paint was used to cover a curving staircase.
In this , gray blue stairs set off gray white walls.
Narrow stairs painted in a blue faux marble pattern by .
White painted risers, deep wood treads on this curved stairway designed by .
Design by opted for black treads, white risers, and a slim black runner.
A staircase painted in patinated brass by .
, risers are white, treads are deep mahogany, and the walls are painted in swirled yellow marble pattern.
An all-black staircase in a by DE-SPEC.
A white-washed rear staircase in a
In this Connecticut stairway by , risers are white and treads are blue with a wide black stripe painted down the center of both.
For a partnership between , high traffic stair treads were kept unpainted, while the risers were outfitted in Fun Yellow SW 6908, Azalea Flower SW 6576 and High Reflective White SW 7757.
For a partnership between , a gridlike pattern was created on the risers in Mythical SW 6550.
For a partnership between , Honorable Blue SW 6811 was used on the highest step, with increasing amounts of High Reflective White SW 7757 mixed in on descending stairs.
For a partnership between , a piece of well-placed painters taped allowed this diagonal color block in Sleepy Blue SW 6225.
For a partnership between , Youthful Coral SW 6604, Gusto Gold SW 6904, Sleepy Blue SW 6225, and Bunglehouse Blue SW 0048 worked together for these modified rainbow stairs.
For a partnership between , a random rainbow was created in Orange SW 6890, Fun Yellow SW 6908, Azalea Flower SW 6576, Honorable Blue SW 6811, BungleHouse Blue SW 0048, Mythical SW 6550, and Real Red SW 6868.
For a partnership between , a combination of bright yellow and white add personality to a stairway.