Look for flat-woven wools with tight weaves, since they're strong enough to handle high-traffic areas. "White was incorporated into this space to make it bright and refreshing when you walk in. We knew we had to add a darker tone into the stair runner. The rug is hand-knotted wool made by J.D. Staron, the Gopala Collection, and looks like linen so it adds an unexpected design detail to the stairs, pulling in the turquoise tone from the light fixture," says Caroline Grant and Dolores Suarez of Dekar Design.
Clean white paneled walls and a blue-and-white stair runner with a geometric print guide visitors to the second floor of this two-story home. A darker railing creates the perfect contrast to the lighter walls.
Wanting these stairs to look as bright as possible, the designers painted the walls white to catch the natural light from the windows. Meanwhile, a tall houseplant stretches from floor to ceiling and draws the eye up to a painting of the ocean -- the latter of which is totally fitting for a home in Montecito, Calif.
A noble eagle holds the weight of this foyer table on his wings. Above it, a geometric mirror echoes the pattern of the stair runner. The neutral shade of both keeps the graphic shapes eye-catching without being overwhelming.
A textured carpet runner gives a burlap look to the top of these stairs for a subtle southern influence in the design. White newel posts create an entrance frame then white balusters and a deep wood hand rail line the rest of the design. Family photos and mounted candle displays add personality and color to the white wall space.
White shiplap covers the ceiling and walls leading up the home's second level. The staircase features a sisal runner that stretches over the stairs and landing. A white railing topped with blue handrails completes the look.
A bold red and orange runner spices up this white staircase. The patterned rug gives a southwestern feel to the traditional look of the dark wood stairs over a white base. Dark railing matches the steps for a cohesive finish.
Dark polished wood steps match the handrail leading down this twisting staircase. A diamond shaped pendant light hangs above to brighten the space and fill the high ceiling. A striped runner adds vivid color to the design while framed artwork and mounted trinkets decorate the white wall space.
This beautiful open foyer connects the first floor to the second floor seamlessly with tall, charcoal gray walls and wood columns lining the staircase and upper balcony. A chandelier gives off warm lighting and decorates the open air space. A runner covering the stairs compliments the gray walls and ties in hints of black, white and purple for added color.
This classic staircase features dark hardwood treads paired with white risers and woven natural fiber runner. A wrought iron railing adds a traditional finish, while an arched doorway just underneath the stairs offers a peek at the nearby kitchen.
A look up the remaining stairs showcases the decorative tray ceiling above the second story of this home. The inner gray section compliments the charcoal gray walls below. A white frame paneling design adds a decorative touch along with the lampshade chandelier.