How to Decorate a Spiral Staircase

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How to Decorate a Spiral Staircase
Simple decorative items can spruce up your spiral staircase. (wooden staircase image by Heng kong Chen from

A spiral staircase provides you with a wide range of artistic latitude for decorating because of the different components of the structure such as the walls, handrails, steps, and landing. Don't be intimidated by the tall walls and odd nooks; flex your artistic muscles and you'll find yourself having fun decorating your spiral staircase. Carefully planned decoration that reflects your personal style and complements your overall home decor can turn a spiral staircase into an eye-catching feature of your home.

Skill level:


  1. 1

    Place candles or small potted plants on each step. Make sure your staircase is wide enough to accommodate these items. Choose colours that match your home or room motif.

  2. 2

    Hang garlands on the handrails. Envelope the handrails with an artificial flower garland for a year-round theme. You can also decorate the handrails to match the season. In the spring, put a garland of artificial spring flowers. In autumn, drape the handrails with fresh or artificial evergreen garlands. You can attach twigs or faux fall flowers in the garlands. During the Christmas holidays, weave colourful string lights into the evergreen garland, or attach ribbons and other small Christmas decorative items. After the holidays, remove the Christmas decorative items and leave the evergreen garlands on the handrails throughout the rest of the winter.

  3. 3

    Put your family pictures in identical frames and hang them on the staircase walls. You can also decorate the walls with your painting collection or with your favourite posters and images in uniform picture frames.

  4. 4

    Place a big potted plant or a floor vase on the staircase landing near the bottom or top step of the staircase. Put twigs or flowers in the floor vase or leave it bare. Make sure the colour and design of your vase or pot complement the colour scheme and design of your home interior.

Tips and warnings

  • Putting decorative items on the steps of the staircase may cause accidents if they are too big for the space or if you have kids at home.

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