New Year, new you…newly renovated home? The start of a new year makes many people take a good, hard look at themselves and their surroundings, and if you’re among them, you may be thinking about how you might improve your home environment in the weeks and months to come.
Like popcorn ceilings and wall-to-wall carpeting, staircase trends tend to come and go, but there are certain key elements modern homeowners and homebuyers are finding increasingly appealing in today’s crowded marketplace. So, if you’re thinking about taking your staircase to the next level (see what we did there?), consider the following trends.
Ideal for grand entryways and other areas where space is plentiful, curved staircases are instant conversation pieces. While you can opt for a traditional, simple design or a highly ornate or elaborate one based on preference, the unconventional shape of a curved staircase commands the right kind of attention.
Think of your stairs as an often-overlooked decorating opportunity, and give yourself permission to add a pop of color. You don’t have to be “loud” about it if you have concerns about how it might impact potential buyers down the line, but adding a dose of tasteful color to your staircase can give you something to smile about every time you climb it.
Wood or Rustic Staircases
If you’re looking to update or upgrade the steps in a cabin or lakeside summer home, or if you prefer the look and feel of a luxurious slope-side ski lodge, consider giving your staircase a rustic “makeunder.” You can choose from any number of different wood varieties based on your stylistic needs and maintenance preferences, but rustic-looking stairs are making a major comeback, and you can customize yours using handrails or ornamental newel posts or balusters, among other elements, to make them distinctly your own.
If your home has more of a contemporary ambiance, you may want to consider another current staircase trend – monochromatic stairs. A monochrome color scheme offers timeless elegance and considerable aesthetic appeal, and as an added bonus, it’s not a trend that’s going to fall out of fashion or favor.
Whether you like one of these ideas or you have a vision that combines one or more of those listed, devoting some attention to the style and appearance of your staircase can transform your home from a run-of-the-mill abode into a multilevel masterpiece.