In this Ask A Designer column, Stacy Begg shares her tips for making a memorable first impression.
Question: I recently replaced my entry flooring with Italian hexagonal tile, a new black door is on its way, and I’m wondering if I should paint my stairs — if so, in white with a black banister? — R.G., Stoney Creek, Ontario
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A: I like where you’ve gone with your dark tile. Start by removing the existing runner and painting the staircase white, like Strong White by Farrow & Ball. Leave the treads and railing natural blond like your floors — see the Inspiration image above.
Photographer: Alex Lukey
Source: House & Home June 2015
Designer: Jill Kantelberg
For added traction, think about wrapping your open stairs in a natural woven runner, like this one…
Source: Wayfair Canada
Handmade Flatweave Runner in Wheat by Lauren Ralph Lauren, from $300,
… or this one with a Greek key-like motif in a hardworking jute fiber.
Source: Tonic Living
Products: Auricula Woven Jute Runner by Dash & Albert, $454, through Tonic Living
Continue to add interest in the stairwell by using a mix of bold prints and art.
Tennessee Whiskey canvas Art by Van Garrett, $2,136,
; Layered Terrain Wall Art by Jean Kenna, $2,846,
If space permits, a small upholstered bench in the entryway for putting on boots and shoes would look nice. Good luck!
Source: Urban Barn
Marin Ottoman in Balboa Shadow, $299,
Author: Stacy Begg
House & Home September 2021