Country Living's website recently featured a slideshow of a less-than-covetable staircase in a reader's home. From the picture, it's obvious that the space needed a major change in look — it simply looks dated and worn out, thanks in large part to the carpeting and faux wood paneling. The homeowners wanted to bring light, life, and funky style to the space. To see what they did,
The homeowners' solution was to use multiple colors of paint on the stairs and railing, and a bright-gold hue on the walls. They then hung paintings in sets across the walls. A piece of rustic planking was used as a bench next to the railing, and refurbished wood floors made the space open up. It's quite a change for the better! Even if your style leans more towards sleek minimalism, it's hard not to appreciate the improvement, as well as the hard work that must have gone into the project.