Should I change the color of my stairs?

Currently I am in the process of removing the white paint off the railing. Everything else is white. I will be staining the railing. Also I have a red , beige and black runner on the stairs.
q should i change the color of my stairs
q should i change the color of my stairs
The pink stuff is the paint remover.
  11 answers
  • Mogie Mogie on Jun 12, 2018
    A natural wood looks good with white risers.

  • KattywhampusLOL KattywhampusLOL on Jun 12, 2018
    Hello Margarite, I absolutely love your stair runner (the design is different in mine but the colors are the same and it goes up the stairs and all the way down my hallway) ;) You don't say what color you are staining your banister, but I believe I would leave the stairs white and perhaps match the woodwork along the side of the steps to the color of the banister. Whatever your decision, I hope you enjoy the results of your labor :) Thanks for using Hometalk for suggestions.

    • Margarite Margarite on Jun 12, 2018
      My runner is only on the stairs. I have beige carpet in the hallway. I want to match the stain of my hardwood floors. I think it's cherry. I like and hate the white steps. It drives me crazy when I have to clean it.

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Jun 12, 2018
    I would tend to do the stair trim to match in with the decor too.

  • 27524803 27524803 on Jun 12, 2018
    Take a little time an check out or or and see what others have done... Fixer Upper, Good Bones, Home Town... have done multiple versions of what you want to do.... check them out... and you should be able to find a look that will work for you.

  • Joy Elizabeth Joy Elizabeth on Jun 12, 2018
    If the wood is in good shape underneath, wood treads would look great with the railing. If not, the same color as your trim always looks nice!

  • Heje Heje on Jun 12, 2018
    The runner will be your pop of color on the stairs. The stain will look good.

  • Jewellmartin Jewellmartin on Jun 12, 2018
    If you stain or paint, I say go black or black walnut. Real wood is great, but anything that contrasts all the white would be good. ☺️

    • Margarite Margarite on Jun 12, 2018
      Originally I was thinking of painting the steps and railings black.

  • Shore grandmom Shore grandmom on Jun 12, 2018
    I like a wood tread and balisters.

  • KattywhampusLOL KattywhampusLOL on Jun 13, 2018
    Margarite, the stairs at my own home, as well as ALL of the woodwork, are a beautiful mahogany color applied over the original color as a protectant when we moved into the house 55 years ago! Have you thought of perhaps also just turning those white stairs into a natural wood stair with color matching your hardwood floors? I will admit that white stairs do add a pop of brightness with the dark carpeting on it, but you are so right when you say white steps are hard to kep clean! (My daughter has white steps, period, no carpeting, and she has all but given up on trying to keep them nice looking after 8 years of 2 kids and 3 dogs plus her husband, herself, and any company or repairmen they may have. It's crazy) I am going to post below a link to a chart you can use to identify colors of stains in case you might want to go with the cherry or try a different color ... or not, LOL but at least it will be handy to use if you want to (it is actually an ordering page from a store that I use for smaller things around the house ;) It comes in handy even though I don't place any orders. I just use it to decide about colors LOL) This is such a personal choice that you will ultimately have to make the decision because you are the one who has to live with it. I was raised with dark woods so I have a lean toward them. However, I do agree with the above response by Mog, that a natural stain would look good under the carpet on the stairs. I do believe that I would go ahead and match all the wood to that of your hardwood floors, though, or as close to their color as possible, just for the consistency factor. Probably an old - fashioned thing, but that's how I roll. HAH! ;) Whatever you decision, Margarite, it will be a lot of work, but you are going to derive so much satisfaction from it, I am sure. Good Luck and with all sincerity thanks for coming to Hometalk for ideas to think about. ;)

  • KattywhampusLOL KattywhampusLOL on Jun 13, 2018
    Here is the color chart I forgot to add above LOL (sorry about that)

  • Margarite Margarite on Jun 14, 2018
    Thank you. This project is a bit more time consuming than I thought. Baby steps and patience.