A new look
Making some strategic changes to your staircase can change the whole look of your home, bringing light, character and style to your space.
Changing the bannisters is a fairly straightforward way to give your staircase a refresh, without re-fitting the entire structure. Unsightly spindles can make your hallway feel tired and dated, while a boxed-in staircase can cause the space to appear dark and claustrophobic.
Replacing the existing bannister structure with clear or frosted glass panels, for example, can help light to filter through the house, creating an instantly lighter and brighter entrance hall. This modern finish is best suited to contemporary style houses.
If you live in a period property, however, reinstating traditional spindles can be a wonderful way of rekindling the house’s former glory, where the original features might have been ripped out by 70s or 80s renovations. Look for ornately carved spindles to suit a Victorian-inspired style and, depending on your structure, you might want to consider replacing the newel posts and handrails too for a coordinating finish.
Make a colour change
If your existing spindles, handrail and newel posts are in good condition, but you want to refresh the look of the staircase, painting the woodwork is often an effective and affordable option.
You’ll need to sand and prime the surfaces before painting, which can be a fiddly and time-consuming task, so decide early on whether you want to take a DIY approach or call in the professionals.
A light-coloured paint finish on your staircase, such as white or light grey, will help to open up a dark hallway, or you might want to go for a bolder, dark paint colour to embrace a cosier look. Be sure to opt for a specialist floor paint on the treads and risers, to ensure the paint can withstand daily wear and tear.