After my post a month or so ago on ‘Three Ways To DIY A Colourful Blue Staircase’ lots of lovely readers tweeted and commented asking me to do a post with more colourful staircase design ideas. I love colour and I love quirky, interesting, out-of-the-box staircase designs so it was really fun to pull these eight staircase ideas together for today’s post. When you are looking to design stairs it provides the ideal opportunity to create a wow factor statement in your home. The pink spiral staircase as an example of how shape, form and colour combine forces to create an eye-catching design statement in an open plan modern home, while a colour block green runner paired with polka dot wallpaper results in a playfully preppy scheme in a traditional space. You can even have fun with staircase accessories such as graphic safety gates if you have kids or you could even try painted staircase banisters. I also really like the idea of using multicoloured staircase runners to create a graphic design statement. I think this approach works best when the rest of the space is kept fairly pared back and minimal; pairing brights with whites creates an aesthetically pleasing visual. If staircase runners aren’t your thing, why not try painting the stair faces? You could go for an ombre effect or choose a series of different colours to create a multicoloured look. To really up the colour ante you could paint the whole of each step in a block hue, just as seen in the rainbow brights example above. Which of these colourful and stylish staircase designs do you like best? Have you ever done anything out of the ordinary or colourful with the design of your staircase?

// * Photography by 1. via | 2. Joanna Henderson | 3. Herve Goluza | 4. Bill Kingston | 5. Brit + Co | 6. Polsky Perlstein Architects | 7. Shelterness | 8. Morten Holtum


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.


  1. beautiful!! I love a colourful staircase and though I may be more leaning toward leaving the actual staircase either in natural wood tone or striking black & white, I am all for a sensational runner!!

    LOVE LOVE LOVE the idea of having a mirror right there to reflect the colourful runner … never thought of that but what a fantastic idea!

    That vivid green and mod black & white dots … it has got to be one of my all time favourites!!

    • @Tim – Love the idea of creating a striking monochrome statement and then layering in a single accent hue via the runner. And, yes, that mirror is a fab idea! x

  2. Oh my gosh all of these DIYs look so cool and so easy. We also have stairs in our apartment but there are covered with carper! Bummer! Wish we could pull it off and I could let my creativity run wild!

  3. Ooh i like them all ! But for us I think the carpeted stripes would look best in our home. Completely love the green with the spotty wall paper as well though!!

    Great idea to put a mirror at the bottom of the stairs! The reflection is fab!

    Rachie xo

  4. Love stairway #7 with the stripes and the reflection in the mirror. That color palette matches my cottage colors perfectly. Could you tell me where I could order that carpet or runner from? Or give me a design name and number so I could order it from somewhere?


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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.