12 DIY Paint & Stencil Ideas for Your Stairs

Royal Design Studio
by Royal Design Studio
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Sometimes, you can spend so much time focusing on decorating the rooms of your house that you can forget about what connects them: the stairs! Are you guilty of leaving your stairs simple rather than sensational? Instead of refinishing your stairs or laying down a carpet runner, give your stairs a lift with Royal Design Studio Stencils. Choose different patterns to make your ascent up the stairs continually surprising. Check out how these stair stencilistas made each step count with a dazzling stencil design that they handpicked and handpainted…
You can also alternate between different hues of your favorite color! Karen Oakley loves blue used our Chez Ali Moroccan Stencil and Ornamental Flower Stencil to break up an otherwise solid color with pattern.
Colorfully coordinated! Nancy Hough used our Renaissance Tile Stencils to brighten up these stair risers. Don't they put a patterned pep into your step?
Black and white and stenciled all over! Tracy Wade and Jen Brooks used a variety of patterns from our extensive Modern Stencils collection to create a bold graphic statement up this staircase.
Kathy Boyd always has a paint brush or two up her creative sleeve! She made these stenciled stairs POP with raised designs. You can create this embossed effect by troweling a durable textural medium through any of your favorite stencil designs.
Stop and stair… M Poole’s stairs painted with patterns from our Moroccan Stencils collection are just the step up these stair risers needed. He also used our metallic Royal Stencil Cremes to create that antique gold finish that is so popular in boho chic interiors.
Our Moroccan Stencils turn modern with this stunning staircase. Eva Koudelová alternated our Chez Sheik Moroccan Stencil, Eastern Lattice Moroccan Stencil, and Chez Ali Moroccan Stencil on each stair riser, making the journey upstairs a fun one!
Want stairs worth staring at? Our Moroccan Star Border Stencil and Fez Block Border Stencil blend geometric patterns with bold color, making these stair risers look like they are made of real tile. We won’t tell if you won’t ;)
Georgia Pellegrini gave the DIY Moroccan look a try and was astounded with the results. She went bold and painted a bright metallic gold base and a royal blue for the Casbah Trellis Moroccan Stencil. Her DIY painted stair risers are now fit for Moroccan royalty!
The hottest trend to hit home decor is stenciled stairs, except we can do it one better... Our Paint, Peel & Stick Canvas™ is the perfect way to make painting pattern and stenciled style on stair risers easy, affordable, and removable! In this DIY VIDEO TUTORIAL, we alternate our Moroccan Tile Stencils on the adhesive-backed canvas to create a faux tile look - a trendy look we've been seeing everywhere from Pinterest, Instagram, and on our world travels.
Michael Penot stepped up and used a variety of our Moroccan Border Stencils and Annie Sloan Chalk Paint® to give these concrete stairs a whole new look. He sealed the deal with Annie Sloan Floor Lacquer so that his project will last through heavy foot traffic.
Karen Oakley used our Moroccan Stencils to create a gorgeous array of stair risers that lead up to... What exactly? We want to know! Painted stairs beg the question: What other beautiful stenciled spaces are in this home?
Painted stair runners are a great alternative to formal carpet stair runners. They create the illusion of a runner but are a lot more casual — and the design options are as limitless as your imagination. For these painted stairs, Kathy Wilson used our Victorian Grillework Stencil and Pompeii Border Stencil.
Suggested materials:
  • Stencils for Painting Stairs from Royal Design Studio   (https://www.royaldesignstudio.com/collections/stencils)
  • Sealant for Floors and Stairs   (https://www.royaldesignstudio.com/products/annie-sloan-lacquer-floor-finish)
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  • Jessie Jessie on May 19, 2017

    Love this! It is definitely among the many projects to do in our new home!

  • Linda Sikut Linda Sikut on May 20, 2017

    Wow! Beautiful collection. We need to paint our stairs coming up from the basement. Wouldn't that make it more fun to do the laundry?