I am looking for ideas for my stairway

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As of right now, its open and there is a window at the bottom. I don't care for the regular products found in the stores. Something a little different is what I am looking for, but also not too crazy.
q i am looking for ideas for my stairway as of right now its open and, home decor, home decor dilemma, stairs
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  • KatAych KatAych on Mar 22, 2016
    What kinds of ideas? Railings? Decor?
  • Kimberly Valentino Kimberly Valentino on Mar 23, 2016
    I say stain it dark mahogany and stencil in some cool classic book titles!
  • Louise Adkins Louise Adkins on Mar 23, 2016
    Look at HGTV's Fixer Upper...I recall iron rails that were vertical and looked great.
  • Lynn Palmatier Lynn Palmatier on Mar 23, 2016
    Not sure if your decor has modern elements, but could check out stainless systems http://www.indital.com/Stainless-Steel-Railing-s/1514.htm
  • Cindy Powell Cindy Powell on Mar 23, 2016
    Put drawers under stairs & look on Pinterest for ideas. Also, iron railing.
  • Debbie Debbie on Mar 23, 2016
    In some areas of the country is against the building code to go without a railing. So maybe deciding what type of railing you'd like will help you determine your décor. Check out bloggers whose styles you admire and imitate their choices. If you are looking for something more untraditional, check out Donna over at FunkyJunkInteriors.net Her style is unique and whimsical and she uses a wrought iron/wood railing. She has a whole posting dedicated to her staircase.
    • Susan Susan on Mar 23, 2016
      With the advent of International building codes several years back, EVERY open staircase must have railings. The distance between the posts is also regulated by these codes - specifically designed to prevent children from being trapped or worse. Even if you don't need a permit, please keep in mind that these simple guidelines must still be followed. Call your city permit office for specific guidelines and dimensions.
  • 861650 861650 on Mar 23, 2016
    The above answers are great ones. My questions are, is your decor country, traditional, soft contemporary, etc? What about the walls. Are you stripping off the wallpaper and painting? What color? What about the window treatment and the light fixture? You may want to consider a railing with clear plexi-glass underneath. Please google something like, "stair railings" or something like it and do a lot of research. Good luck with your project and maybe you will share the end result. Would love to see it.
  • Brenda Brenda on Mar 23, 2016
    Paint them, then number the steps for a fun element
  • Teresa Teresa on Mar 23, 2016
    I found a lot of unique plumbing and cable banisters. it would be a good contrast to the wood you have and if you have a light color it would set off the railing and wood. https://www.pinterest.com/pin/307370743292281420/
  • Lynne Krywulycz Lynne Krywulycz on Mar 23, 2016
    I look at the ceiling and it seems so low! Just the angle of the pic. I assume. Are you intending to paint the stairs and walls. Light colours give a room 'space' . Look on the web for some stunning ideas for stair deco. some great ones out there. Have you thought of drawers in the steps The walls by stairs are a great place to hang photos of family and fave. memories, olde signs, etc.. Railings as per safety code. The turn at the bottom of the stairs is a feature. Tiny homes sites - have great ideas for using unusual spaces for storage. Also does the window have to be covered with a curtain? or can it have another treatment to let in the light - so sensible near a stairway.
  • Laura Laura on Mar 24, 2016
    Thanks for the suggestions. As far as drawers under the steps, that not an option. We are replacing all the drywall in the stairway at some point (I hope soon). We are not painting the stairs, because we just stripped them back to the wood. Thank you !!!!
  • Theresa Shaut Theresa Shaut on Mar 25, 2016
    added storage underneath:
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