Depending on their placement in your home, your stairs can be a prominent decorative feature that shouldn’t be overlooked. The stair risers present a unique opportunity to decorate your space and give your stairwell a fresh, new look.
If you’re feeling stuck on how to decorate your stair rises, don’t worry, there are plenty of options. From traditional and timeless to bright and colorful, see a few decorative stair riser ideas.
What Is A Stair Riser?
While you may think about your stairs as one complete set, there are many parts that make up your stairs. The stair riser and tread are the two major parts that make up a staircase. The stair tread is what your foot lands on as you walk up the stairs and the riser is the vertical support that fills the space between each tread. According to the International Association Of Certified Home Inspectors, the average height of a stair riser should be between 4” and 7 ¾”.
Before you consider your stair riser decor, you should inspect your steps to be sure they’re in good shape. With average wear and tear, creaks and squeaks can occur due to gaps occurring between the tread and riser. With older stairs, you may find a crack or two. These should be repaired as soon as possible so the damage does not worsen and become a safety hazard.
1. Wallpaper Stair Risers
If there’s a pattern you love and want to incorporate it into your home, wallpaper is a great option to incorporate a seamless look into your home. This is also a great project to DIY. For those looking for a less permanent option, temporary wallpaper is a great choice to see if it’s truly the wallpaper pattern for you.
2. Painted Stair Risers
Paint is what most homeowners turn to when it comes to painted stair risers. Paint allows you to get creative and find the exact match to your home’s décor. It can also be an easy and fun weekend DIY project. Here are a few popular ideas in painted stair risers:
Multicolor Painted Stair Risers
Can’t decide on a painted stair color? Mix it up! Utilize a blend of your favorite hues to create a unique look for your stair riser décor. Paint each riser a different color. I love the look of various pastel colors for a pop of color. Or, contrast a neutral to a bright color to really make your stair décor stand out.
Solid Color Painted Stair Risers
For one cohesive look in your room, solid color painted stairs are the way to go. If you have a color that matches perfectly, paint each riser for a uniform look.
Ombre Painted Stair Risers
The hottest look in painted stairs right now is the ombre style. This takes a lighter color and transitions it to a darker shade with each step. Blue, red and green make great choices for ombre painted stairs.
3. Tile Stair Risers
When it comes to decorative stair risers, tile is a beautiful and durable option that will add a unique look to your staircase. Mexican tile stair risers are a popular option. These add a unique pop of color and design that can’t be beat. Depending on the shape or size of your staircase, you may want to consider contacting a pro for your tile stair riser project.
4. Stair Riser Vinyl Decals
From your favourite saying to an intricate pattern, stair riser vinyl decals are an easy way to instantly change the look of your stairwell. Most stair riser decals peel and stick directly on to your stair riser. You can use them as the full decoration or use them in addition to your new painted stair color. The bonus is that these can be changed very easily, so if you like to change your look often, this is likely the best option!
5. Stencil Stair Risers
Like vinyl decals, consider putting in a bit more work and stenciling your stair riser design with paint. This is a small paint job but a longer-lasting option, so be sure it’s a pattern you love! Smaller stencils are sold at your local craft store. Be sure to get a smaller paintbrush to fit the stencil, as a regular wall paintbrush will be more difficult to use.
6. Chalkboard Paint Stair Risers
For both kids and adults, chalkboard paint can be a welcomed addition to any area of the home, especially stair risers. This is an interchangeable design whenever you feel like it. Chalkboard paint usually takes about three coats of paint to cover completely, but once it’s dry, complete your look with chalk drawings all your own! However, always practice proper safety around stairs, especially with young children.