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Before and After: An Artful Staircase

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.


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kathili kathili 9 years
Idk...I kind of liked it better the way it was originally, but it's def a happy look
chancleta chancleta 9 years
it's not my deal but it's pretty and happy
amber_castaldo amber_castaldo 9 years
So, I have to agree I don't love it but I do think it looks so much better than before. I just don't like that much stuff on my walls.
beingtazim beingtazim 9 years
how are pictures dangerous? they don't seem very heavy to me.
Dublin62505 Dublin62505 9 years
Definitely a case of Hippie Chic...Pea green balusters and bright yellow walls...orb lighting...eek! I would have removed the wood paneled walls and exposed the dry wall/plaster walls. Painted a neutral color to open the space more and not make it look so narrow. I think staining the newell and balusters a richer color would have brightened things up a bit too. The lighting looks like a flea market find. That would definitely be replaced too!
JaimeLeah526 JaimeLeah526 9 years
Definitely has a lot of personality.
lisabunny lisabunny 9 years
Oh that's hilarious! I thought I was the only person who collects paint-by-numbers!
jillerin457 jillerin457 9 years
Love the yellow and the light fixture, but all those pictures are a little out of control. Still an improvement, though!
KatieDearest KatieDearest 9 years
HOLY WILDERNESS ILLUSTRATION!! Not my style, but definitely an improvement!
MartiniLush MartiniLush 9 years
It is an improvement, but they could have done something much better!
emo_stacer emo_stacer 9 years
eww, b4. eww, after.
darkangel2305 darkangel2305 9 years
better, but not great
sgdish sgdish 9 years
To me, too many pictures on stairs can be unsafe, but this is definitely an improvement and looks much brighter!
Kimpossible Kimpossible 9 years
Not my cup of tea, but yes an improvement over the before. The paintings hanging on the wall look like paint by number kits, but it could be because I'm seeing them from a distance.
AmandaG AmandaG 9 years
I don't care for the photos, and I would have chose a pale yellow insted. But I really like the light.
Nyrina-Windu Nyrina-Windu 9 years
I don't like it, either one.
sundaygreen sundaygreen 9 years
I like the idea, but I would have painted the wood a more neutral colour like a light grey, and hung up pictures in frames more like this: Good going replacing that carpet with wooden floors.
adelka adelka 9 years
Eeee. I don't love it. But it's better than before.
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