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3 easy staircase ideas you can DIY while you're stuck inside – and 2 you can do later

Stuck inside for the foreseeable? Our staircase ideas are chock full of design inspiration for your hallway makeover

Staircase ideas
(Image credit: Kasia Fiszer © Future)

Looking for staircase ideas to step up your hallway design (pun wholly, unashamedly intended)? You've come to the right place! We've got plenty more indoor time on our hands these days, so we're serving you with plenty of home decor inspiration to keep you motivated while we wait for things to blow over.

Whether your hallway makeover is big or small, most of these ideas work for any project, so you're sure to find something that sparks an idea for your own home. Take a look below, then head to our decorating hub for more space-transforming tips and tricks.

1. Come to the dark side...

black painted wooden staircase in a white hallway with black picture frames and plants

For a similar cabinet, try the Masha cabinet from Tikamoon. For a similar seagrass belly basket, try Ikea

(Image credit: Kasia Fiszer)

Proof that a dark stair doesn't mean gloomy, we love this Nordic-style staircase. The homeowner of this monochrome home has left the wood exposed at the top of each step to pare back the black underside, bannister and skirting. You can do this with any colour, of course, but there's something particularly lovely about chalky black, white and wood.

2. ... Or the light

Monochrome hallway with white wooden staircase and a high ceiling

Sideboard, Gumtree. Walls painted in Slaked Lime and Lamp Black, both Little Greene. For a weave basket, try The Basket Company

(Image credit: Future/Malcolm Menzies)

Surprise! This dark and dramatic hallway is a bold twist on traditional Victorian style, but the homeowners have brightened it up by painting the upper walls and the staircase a bright white. It's a monochrome scheme that continues throughout their home – take a tour here.

3. Or even the bright!

Carlo VIscione and Florence Andrews – Leyton former school building transformed into open-plan loft-style space

For similar yellow paint, try Lemon Punch by Dulux. For a similar floor, try Topps Tiles

(Image credit: Darren Chung)

The more daring among you might have been pondering the idea of a colourful staircase for a while, and we're here to tell you to go for it. We dare you! Whether you're opting for a pastel pink, muted sage green-grey or a sunny yellow like in this super cool converted schoolhouse, we admire your bravery – and we like your style.

4. Maximise storage

Understair bookshelves and stairs with yellow bannister leading up to front entrance


(Image credit: David Barbour)

Hallways are a tricky one for storage – the never-ending pile of shoes, bags and letters in our homes are enough to make Marie Kondo cry. So we're loving this hallway storage idea from a small-space-savvy homeowner, who's integrated carpentry into the side of the stairs for books, trinkets and everything in between. Now, we might not have the space, budget or means to do this – but isn't it nice to dream?

5. Try a stair runner

Laura and Ed Gray’s three-storey home has adapted to every phase of their lives

Diversity stair carpet in Stone Age, Edel Telenzo Carpets. Woods wallpaper, Cole & Son. Woodwork and radiator cover painted in Down Pipe, Farrow & Ball. Lamp shade, Asda. Lamp base and Jidda pendant light, B&Q

(Image credit: Katie Lee)

One for those who just want to dip a toe into some new staircase design ideas without committing to a full repaint, we present to you: the stair runner. By no means innovative, sure, but they're gathering steam in the interiors world as homeowners – of Victorian houses in particular – play around with colour schemes and borders. Take note from the homeowner of this bright and bold home and opt for a stair carpet with a shock of colour along the edges – it's a cheeky nod to that bold yellow staircase you'd never dare try.

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