What color can I paint this dark stairway?

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What color to paint the stairway! Very dark if the sun isn't shining in the front door. Want to paint the stairs and the surrounding walls. Very old house, thank you for any and all suggestions.

q dark upstairs hallway, foyer

Dark hallway. Will remove runner rug and repainted the stairs. Suggestions for stairs and hallway.
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  • Hillela G. Hillela G. on Feb 23, 2017
    I would suggest a light, reflective color, like a butter-yellow.
    I also LOVED this brilliant Hometalkr's idea to light up a dark hallway http://www.hometalk.com/14056800/my-long-dark-hallway-needed-some-lights?expand_all_questions=1
  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Feb 23, 2017
    Becareful in a dark hallway with certain yellows and off whites. Been there done that.I would opt for a soft pale silverish gray(just a touch)It will brighten the stairwell . Paint colors are very personal,so my recommendations is to buy samples and test them out on the paper that is now available instead of the actual wall.
  • Johnchip Johnchip on Feb 23, 2017
    Dove grey satin finish walls, bright whitegloss finish stairs and handrail, may paint risers a color. You want safety on dark stairwell first and foremost. Fallen down too many not to know.
  • Jcraw Jcraw on Feb 24, 2017
    When you've chosen color,don't forget artwork. The glass helps reflect the might too.
    Please no yellow. re Janet's comment, it's also brutal on complexion
  • Ellen Gregory Ellen Gregory on Feb 25, 2017
    I would use glow in the dark paint on at least part of it. Maybe the just the wood molding on the sides of the steps. They come in a wide variety of colors now. After getting a charge of daylight or artificial light, they glow for 2 hours. It's an added safety measure too.
  • Cfu8948513 Cfu8948513 on Feb 25, 2017
    Mine is a Sea Mist but with your carpet I would chose a pretty shade of beige.
  • Cheryl Cheryl on Feb 25, 2017
    This looks very much like my own stairway. We placed wall lighting on the wall facing the stairs at the bottom and a ceiling light at the top. The walls are painted the same color as the living room down stairs as this the room the stairs are adjacent to. Upstairs the stairs lead onto a large wide hallway also the same color, this enlarges it all. Now, place pictures, large to medium pictures or pantings some in glass along the walls on the stairs so the glass can reflect the light. Had the same problem. It was a dark stairway. What a difference this made.
  • Margaret Rabbetts Margaret Rabbetts on Feb 27, 2017
    If you don't want white, a pale blue or lemon.

  • Crystal Meyer Griffith Crystal Meyer Griffith on Feb 27, 2017
    I would see if it would be possible to remove some of the side walls and use a banister and railings. Support studs could be fattened up, covered with either Sheetrock or thin wood facing skin, painted with wall color. Having light come in from one or both sides would really open it up. Personally I prefer to have a railing on both sides for safety but them I'm an old fart who likes ranch style houses!
  • Lana Kregerova Lana Kregerova on Mar 01, 2017
    I would paint the walls a pale lemon creme color there are remote control lights you could buy and make three wall sconces out of I would put thoses on the wall oppisite stair rail leave the stairs white and replace runner with one thats got a light colored pattern on it