When it comes to home decor, staircases can sometimes become one of the most neglected areas because we tend to underestimate it. Actually, staircases can, if done up well, add a certain charm to your interiors. For row houses, bungalows, penthouses and duplex flats, the staircase forms an integral part of the structure and is often located in the living room or in an important part of your home. You should make sure that they are nicely done up.
1. Wall of fame
Mandira Bedi’s bungalow in Bandra has a beautifully done up staircase. She says, “Since it is an integral part of my home, I have taken special care to do it up. The decor at my home includes this area of the house and I like it that way. There are pictures of family and friends, vases of flowers, lights etc on my staircase.”Living room walls are not really ideal for putting up a lot of pictures of family and friends but the walls of your staircase can be like a gallery where you can display all your favourite pictures and get away with it! Since the stairways often lead upstairs to the private area of the house, keeping these personal images here will help them from being too much in the public view.
2. Light it up
You can go as creative as you want here. Overhead spotlights will make the stairs well-lit and safe. You can also use lights on the steps for effect. Gouri and Yash Tonkk have beautiful and very contemporary chandeliers on the landings of their staircase in their duplex apartment. “I liked these trendy chandeliers. They light up the stairway very nice and look very elegant and chic,” says Gouri.
3. Take it to the next level
You can use wood, stone, carpeting on the stairs and you can make it look interesting with a nice handrail, a variety of which is available readily.
4. The perfect landing
The way you do up your landing can make or break the entire decor of the stairway. You can place a large vase or a pot of indoor plant or a tall floor lamp in the corner. Place interesting things but make sure that you do not clutter the stairway space.