Painted Stair Ideas

Would you paint your stairs? Paint can be a great quick fix for stairs that look worn down, or stairs that just look too plain. I painted my foyer steps about 8 years ago, and it was a good way to update and improve stairs that didn’t look too great. If you have a similar issue with your staircase, you’ll want to check out these great Painted Stair Ideas!

A Round up of Painted Stair Ideas

After we tore off the nasty old carpet we were left with steps that were less than ideal. So painted them and added a nice message to the risers.

painted steps

As you can see, the stairs are finally starting to look a wee bit tired and I’m going to re-do them soon.  So I looked around for some painted stair inspiration!

Painted Stair Ideas

stairs with blue stripe down the middle| Painted  Stair Ideas


Love the blue stripe down the middle! via Better Homes & Gardens

stairs painted with a yellow runner

I love these yellow stairs from Lover Mother!  I don’t know if I’d do the numbers as well as the yellow.  I think it would be so fun to open the door and be greeted by cheerful yellow stairs!

stairs painted red


I love everything about these stairs. I’m trying to tone down all the color in my house but I just love the use of those three vibrant colors!

painted geometric design on stairs

source: Live Like You

How about a bit of a geometric design on the risers. I thought about keeping the treads a neutral color and doing something fun like a stencil or wallpaper on the risers.

stenciled stair risers

source: Natural History

These may be decals or stenciled. Either way,  I think they’re cool!

rainbow stairs | Painted Stair Ideas

How fun are these rainbow stairs! via Planet Deco Pastels would also look pretty.

painted runner on stairs |Painted Stair Ideas

This stairway by Salvaged Bliss is so pretty and subtle!

I really like this one too. I’m seriously considering doing this.

beadboard stair risers and painted treads

Pretty and very classic cottage looking don’t you think? The risers are beadboard.  She rebuilt her stairs which I wouldn’t need to do.  I was thinking I could just reface the riser with thin beadboard paneling or I have beadboard wallpaper that I could use. Then I’d paint the treads a black or deep chocolate.

This one is just for fun. Doesn’t it make you smile!

source: Allen Designs

I’ve been very happy with my painted stairs. I think it’s a whole lot easier to sweep them than to have carpet on them and have to vacuum!

What do you think of these painted stair ideas? Do you have painted stairs?

For more stair ideas check out my Stair Ideas Pinterest Board.

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  1. says

    We painted our steps in the cottage in Charlotte. It was a something “mudd” color…can’t remember the entire name of the brown shade. We then put down a sisal “looking” runner from Lowe’s… It was the best wearing solution EVER. The risers and side boards going up were glossy white. I was pleased. We are going to tear the cheap carpet off of the stairs going to the basement downstairs and paint the stairs here also! **agreed!…it absolutely makes keeping them cleaner SO much easier…specially with dawgs…. I am going to stick with the same classic color scheme of the white riser with a dark color for the step. I liked the beadboard look a LOT! Have a great Friday Manuela!!!

  2. says

    What I love about your current look is the runner look. What you picked out is very cute and summery looking. I can’t wait to see it when you finish. It looks kind of complicated to me. Are you doing the same color or something different?

    • Manuela says

      I’m planing on doing the white and black. I have a white and black bannister. Although I’m really drawn to the yellow. I love yellow but all my walls are already yellow!


      • Manuela says

        I don’t think it’s complicated. I’m not ripping out my stairs and rebuilding them like she did. I’m just going to reface the the risers – which granted will involve cutting beadboard but like I said, I also have beadboard wallpaper I can use. Which is what I might do since that I can do myself. I’d have to wait on my husband to be free to cut the beadboard paneling. So we’ll see.

  3. says

    All stairs in this home are painted, including outside stairs and basement stairs. None are as fantastic as any of these choices. Love the sentiment on that last set. You have chosen a very classic design, which should hold up to anything you decide to do in the house. Love the yellow; Now I could do try a color like that.

  4. says

    thank you for the link! i love all these stairs you posted and the ones you decided on are gorgeous! i actually really like the ones you already have too. :) have a great weekend. xoxo-m

  5. says

    I really love the multi pattern yellow stairs! The beadboard and dark treads are a wonderful look though, simple and classic. I would be concerned that the wallpaper might not hold up to being scuffed anad kicked though.

  6. says

    I don’t think my husband would ever go for stenciled stair risers (if we had stairs!), but I, personally, LOVE the beadboard ones!!!! I can’t wait to see yours all done!

  7. says

    There are just a few things I really hate to have in my home. But carpeted stairs? That’s the top of the list. When my boys were very small, I put up with having carpeting on the stairs, because I figured the danger if they fell on uncarpeted stairs was high. We moved out of that house in 1998. Haven’t had one speck of carpeting on stairs since then! I love to be able to sweep and mop the stairs.

    I went through a stage of wanting to paint my stair risers in our last house; I never did find a way to paint them that made me happy. That was back before blogs and Pinterest, though! I’ll be interested to see what you do!

  8. says

    I love what you’re going to do. I’m so glad that I saw this post because painting my stairs was one of my 2012 projects. I’m hoping to get this done this year because I really hate the carpet on the stairs. It’s such a pain to vacuum.

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