Ideas for an entrance hall stairway design

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Ideas for an entrance hall stairway design
The entry stairway is a blank palette. (Jupiterimages/Creatas/Getty Images)

Stairways offer an interesting design challenge. Like any other space in the house, you must decide what your design theme will be and what kind of style you hope to convey. You can always go the traditional route and cover the wall with family photos, or opt for a simpler, less cluttered look.

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First Impressions

Your entry hall stairway is one of the first things visitors notice about your home. It sets the tone for the rest of the decor and can make a powerful first impression. Because the entry hall stairway is relatively confined, take care to design it in a way that looks uncluttered and welcoming.

Simplicity

One of the best ways to keep the stairway from looking cluttered is to keep your design simple. One large piece of art, a colourful tapestry or several matching mirrors can make a decorative statement while keeping it simple. Anything that protrudes out from the wall, like small shelves, will likely be knocked down by people walking by, so keep whatever you display flush with the wall.

Paint

Use paint as a decorating tool. Perhaps more than any other decorative element in your home, colour influences mood. Make the entry stairway welcoming by painting it in a rich, light-reflecting colour. Carry that shade into the foyer and adjoining rooms for continuity. To create visual interest, paint the entire wall leading up the stairway in monochromatic stripes. Simply choose two paint colours that are a shade or two apart, and tape the wall off vertically at evenly measured intervals. Painting one stripe a slightly deeper shade than the next will add depth to the wall. Paint is enough of a decorative tool that you don't need to add artwork.

Wall Tiles

Wall tiles made of recycled materials offer a new way to add a truly individualised look to your stairway. These tiles come in 1-foot squares and are lightweight enough to apply without help. They're available in a multitude of colours and textures, like acoustic, ripple 3-D, Braille, wavy and sculptured. You simply peel the backing from a tile, apply it to the wall and apply another tile directly next to it. You can cover the entire wall, or create your own design. These simple wallpaper tiles will add instant textural detail to your home.

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