Your stairs are the first thing people see when they enter your home.
And when first impressions count for a lot, a fresh, clean looking staircase can set the tone for the rest of your home.
If your staircase is looking worse for wear, it doesn’t need to break the bank to put it right.
To give you some style inspiration, the experts over at Wonkee Donkee have shared their tips on how to update your staircase with a few simple changes.
Modernise your staircase with glass panels or metal spindles
Although a timeless classic, you may wish to upgrade your wooden spindles.
For an open, bright, and airy atmosphere, consider glass panels instead.
Glass panels create the illusion of space whilst adding a new depth and brightness to your staircase.
If you want to achieve this fresh look but glass isn’t practical for your home (it can be difficult to keep on top of those grubby fingerprints in a busy home), metal spindles are another great option.
This modern take on traditional wooden spindles is a great way to add a new texture into your home.
Embrace exposed wood
Your risers and treads are a vital part of your staircase functionality, but they also have a massive part to play in design.
Replacing your existing steps with a solid wood alternative is a great way to create a gorgeous staircase that will last for years to come.
But a full replacement is bound to be expensive.
So why not consider cladding your current treads and risers. This cost effective alternative is a great way to transform your staircase, adding a whole new texture and look without blowing your budget.
A lick of paint for a budget friendly refresh
When it comes to updating your staircase, you don’t need to rip up your treads or replace your spindles to make it appear good as new.
Whether you choose to make a statement with a bright colour, or stick to earthy, neutral tones, a simple lick of paint will give your staircase a new lease of life without stretching your budget.
If your staircase is wooden, consider painting your spindles, handrail or risers to add a bit of contrast – white always looks great.
Add a new depth with stained wood
Sometimes less is more.
Staining your wood, rather than painting, is a great way to freshen it up whilst keeping its original design.
Create a cosy feel with carpet
Carpets are a popular option for bedroom flooring thanks to the warmth they bring, especially on those dark winter mornings.
So why not replicate this on your staircase. Not only will a spongy carpeted staircase create a cosy atmosphere, but it will also dull loud footsteps – perfect for reducing noise.
There’s a massive variety of carpets available at every price point – from less than £5 per square metre up to £100+ per metre. So, no matter what you’re looking for, you’ll be sure to find it. From luxurious, fluffy carpets, to loud, patterned statement ones.
Ready to upgrade your staircase?
All the above suggestions are DIY friendly. So, if you’ve got some time on your hands, why not get stuck in?
Whether you choose to hire a professional or give it a go yourself, your staircase is sure to look brand new after even the smallest of updates.