Want a hit of playfulness without making over an entire room? Here are four DIY ideas for a gorgeous 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.
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
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).
Multiple Mini Mirrors
Sheets of slightly irregular mosaic mirrors bounce light around and add exotic flair. You’ll need a tile cutter