25 DIY Ways To Update Your Stairs

Your staircase might be the last place in your home you’d think to decorate. But after seeing these staircases, you’ll realize that a boring staircase is an opportunity squandered.

1. Wallpaper

Paste wallpaper to the riser of each stair— switching up patterns makes it extra eye-catching, as in this pic.

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2. Painted Stripes

Wonky painted stripes add color and character. Found on this post.

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3. Chevron

Use stencils to paint a chevron pattern. Read about it and find a tutorial here.

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4. Books

If you’re a seriously skilled painter, depict your favorite books on each step. As seen here.

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5. Washi Taped

Decorate a staircase with patterned adhesive tape. Find a link to the video tutorial here.

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6. Nautical Rope Banister

Use door knockers to secure the rope. Via Jonathan Adler (left) and Bockman + Forbes Design (right).

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7. Staircase Decals

These are available to buy here. $34.95 for a set.

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8. LED Lit

Lighting along the base creates a floating effect. Read more about it here.

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9. Bike Rack

Secure a bike wrack, like this one under the stairs for an aesthetically pleasing way to store your cycles.

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10. Piano Keys

If you’re a true musical fiend, you could easily DIY these in your own home with black and white paint. Found here.

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11. Wooden Palletts

A great makeshift staircase for a loft. Get more information here.

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12. Lego Railing

20,000 legos were used to create the rail int his chelsea apartment- surprisingly chic and modern! Get the details here.

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13. Rainbow

Painting each step riser a different color is an easy way to brighten up your home. Picture found here.

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14. Ombre Bannister

Or, keep the stairs white and paint each bannister railing a different hue to create an ombre effect. Image from here.

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15. Carpet Collage

These stairs were decorated with 6 rugs sewn together. Read about it here.

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16. Numbered

Perfect for kiddos. Read about the farmhouse containing this numbered staircase here.

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17. Chalkboard

Paint each step riser with chalkboard paint, then write whatever messages or doodles you like. Found on this blog.

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18. Mirrored

DIY these by adhering mirror tiles on each stair riser. Sort of creates a disco ball vibe.

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19. Balloons

A cluster of balloons on the staircase are a quick and temporary way to create a party vibe, as done by this blogger.

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20. 18. Knitting

These knit stairs could be replicated with a whole lot of patience by knitting scarf-like strips and adhering them to step risers.

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21. Rainbow Lighting

Light outdoor steps in rainbow shades, found here.

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22. Vintage

Use paint to create a vintage vibe on wooden stairs, like this blogger did.

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23. Mini Carpets

Layering small, colorful rugs creates a magic carpet-like vibe. From this blog.

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24. Stamped

Add some romance to the home with stamped X and Os. Get a detailed tutorial here.

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25. Pet Stairs

Get directions here.

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