10 painted stairs that will make you want to ditch the carpets

Goodbye runners, hello painted stairs. Leaving them naked is the way to decorate the stairs right now, forgoing the carpet for bold color splashes, dark and dramatic shades or rustic white in a country style. And it’s also a practical choice to make. It can breathe new life into tired, original treads, cover scratches and stains in this high-traffic space, and painted surfaces are much easier to clean than carpet.

Stairs are often the first thing you and your guests see, so instead of simply blending them with your hallway wallpaper, turn them into a design statement. We’ve found loads of gorgeous painted stair ideas (many of which you could DIY in a weekend) to inspire you to paint.

1. Add drama with all black

(Image credit: James Merrell)

What could be more practical than a black painted staircase? The perfect color for such a trodden part of your home, and it also looks so chic, bringing drama without making a hallway gloomy. For a more rustic and worn look, opt for a matte charcoal shade and don’t be too picky with the application, you could even stick the stairs with sandpaper once painted to add more texture. Or let the time do its thing.

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