4 DIY Decorating Ideas for a Staircase
Ombré Paint Job
Choose consecutive colors on the same paint strip. For the stairs on the opening page, we used five shades, on three stairs apiece. A small, angled brush is best for edges; use a larger brush to fill in. From top: Icing on the Cake, Forget Me Not, Spectra Blue, Peacock Blue, Teal Ocean, $16 a quart, benjaminmoore.com for stores.
Prompt spontaneous creativity with a clean (or artfully decorated) slate. Go basic black or bold—chalkboard-paint colors span the rainbow. Tip: Clean with a damp cloth rather than an eraser to minimize chalk dust and slippery stairs. Chalkboard paint, $25 a quart, hudsonpaint.com.
Waves of Wallpaper
Consider cheating by adhering with double-stick tape instead of glue. Use a small smoother to eliminate bubbles, a single-edge razor to trim, and Krylon Crystal Clear acrylic spray to protect against scuffs (all sold at hardware stores). Sigourney 2470-04WP by China Seas, $168 a roll, Design Professionals, 212-759-5408.
Multiple Mini Mirrors
Sheets of slightly irregular mosaic mirrors bounce light around and add exotic flair. You’ll need a tile cutter (Precision glass tile nipper, $13, lowes.com) and a bit of time—or a trusted handyman. Measure twice, cut once! Silver Mirror subway tiles, $18 for a square-foot sheet, marylandmosaics.com.