I’ve had a life long obsession with the colour blue. Perhaps it’s because it pairs so well with the other apple of my eye, yellow? Either way, this hue really knows how to knock it outta the park with it’s versatile offering of shades, not least when it comes to creating a colourful staircase. The staircase offers us an ideal piece of the home interior real estate to be able to step outside of the box, have bucket loads of fun and create a true style statement in the process. These three ideas each show how you can use paint to DIY a colourful staircase – and each with different results.

Up first we see how using white undertones to lighten the shade of blue you paint on each stair face. For best results keep the surrounding palette pared-back and neutral and be sure to start with the darker shades at the base and work up to lighter shades as the stairs rise – this will draw the eye upwards creating the illusion of extra space. The second look is shows how a simple painted runner can lift a plain white stairway from boring to brilliant! This example also shows how a refreshing shade of baby blue creates a colourful vibe without impacting on the light and airy feel of the space. The third painted staircase is similar to the first DIY idea in that it focuses on the stair fronts but differs in that it alternatives between four shades of blue to create a striking and graphic look. Which of these DIY painted statement staircases do you like best? Have you done anything unusual with the design of your stairs?

// Photography by 1. Jonny Valient | 2. Apartment Therapy | 3. Jonathan Adler


Will Taylor

Will lives in NYC and is an interior design author and content creator. He's been blogging about his love of design, style and travel since 2009. His #MakeYouSmileStyle approach to decorating and dressing has inspired over one million Instagram uploads to the hashtag from followers across the world.


    • @Jillian – Aren’t they stunning? Blue is such a versatile hue that I think it lends itself well to a host of different staircase DIY solutions. x

  1. I’m right there with you as a fellow blue lover. My fave stairs are the ombre ones. I wish I had stairs as I often see great ways to dress them up x

  2. I love the middle one – so bright, yet also soothing. I’m kind of obsessed with painted floors etc at the moment, so these are great inspiration.

  3. Love the painted runner- so simple yet so stunning. Such an easy way to create a feature of your entrance hall! Thank you for sharing!

  4. I’m actually working in painting a runner to our playroom now…love it! There are so many possibilities, and paint so quickly and affordably transforms a space.

    • @Susan – I can’t wait to see what you come up with! And, yes, paint is such a great decorating element to relatively affordably switch up a design.

  5. I just love this. So clever to make such a fantastic feature out of the staircase. I think the ombre staircase gets my vote, although I do think they’re all great :O)

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Welcome to Bright.Bazaar, my make-you-smile style corner of the internet. I’ve been sharing my love of beautiful design, feel-good homes, everyday style, inspiring travel and, pretty much everything in between, since 2009. As well as working as a content creator, I write interior design books and edit a bi-weekly e-newsletter called Smile Mail. I live in New York City with my heartmate and can often be found listening to Madonna’s Confessions album and dreaming up my next home renovation project.