How do I make my stairway look wider...and brighter?

I am looking for help, ideas and inspiration please! As you can see from my stairs in the picture they are quite narrow and ...dull and boring and beige. Does anyone have any ideas on how I could make the stairs look wider? There is not much natural light from wither up or downstairs. I also want to change the handrail on - any ideas for that? Funds are very limited so any budget ideas are warmly welcomed. I should maybe add that I like rustic/vintage/shabby chic styles. Thank you in anticipation! :-)
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My boring stairway!
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