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Stairways can be dark, draughty and } utilitarian, or they can become an impromptu extension of a sitting-room, with a small art gallery thrown in for interest. Stairs from the hall often have a narrow shelf running parallel to the First floor, which can be the perfect place to display a small collection, because it can be seen from several angles.
Wooden stairs are an underexploited showcase for paint and stencil. If you are extremely clever, you can create two paintings – one on the treads to be seen as a whole from above, and one on the risers to be seen as you approach the staircase.
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Click on Photos for Next Bathroom Ideas Pictures Gallery ImagesIf that seems like a lot of work to expend on a stairway, you might consider simply stencilling a line of fake blue and white tiles, or a flower motif, or bold typography on the risers.
In Victorian houses, you may find traces of a long-removed dado rail. Replacing it can be startlingly effective, giving a large, bland area purpose and proportion – the dado rail leads the eye upstairs. For some reason, many Victorian staircases have suffered from a subsequent unruly passion for boxing in the balustrades. Approach this situation with caution, however, because removing the offending hardboard may reveal a complete lack of banisters. All of which can be replaced, but it is a fiddly and expensive job.
Another sad loss is the vanishing stair-rod. Besides looking good, stair-rods had distinct advantages over fixed carpets – you could, for example, move the worn carpet on the treads down a few inches, to keep the wear even. It was even possible to remove the carpet if it needed to be repaired.