6 DIY staircase ideas to update your hallway quickly

These DIY staircase ideas are the perfect weekend project to give your hallway a stylish makeover

Staircase ideas
(Image credit: Kasia Fiszer © Future)

Looking for staircase ideas you can do in just a weekend to give your hallway a quick makeover? Well, you are in the right place. Stairs so easily go unnoticed – you are probably just used to the many many scuff marks on the skirting board, the carpet worn to basically nothing and the banister hidden under a layer of finger marks.  So we think it's time to pay them some attention, a stylish staircase can add so much to your home and can be a really fun and easy area to decorate. 

Whether your hallway makeover is big or small,  you're sure to find something that sparks an idea for your own home. Take a look below, then head to our hallway ideas gallery for more inspiring spaces. 

1. Paint your staircase in a dramatic color

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


(Image credit: Kasia Fiszer)

Thinking about it, lighter colors don't really make sense on a staircase, so going for a darker shade not only looks gorgeous but is a practical move too. Keep things looking warm and less dramatic by leaving the wood exposed at the top of each step. You could paint the top of the steps, of course, but there's something particularly lovely about chalky black, white and wood.

For more tips on painting stairs head to our step by step. 

2. Or contrast a dark hallway with lighter stairs

Monochrome hallway with white wooden staircase and a high ceiling


(Image credit: Future/Malcolm Menzies)

We love how this dark and dramatic hallway is a bold twist on traditional Victorian style, but the space has been brightened it up by painting the upper walls and the staircase a bright white. Then the touches of gold and the pinkish hues in the rug warm up the space. 

Check out our hallway paint ideas gallery for loads more looks to copy.

3. Be brave with a bold staircase idea

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


(Image credit: Darren Chung)

Colorful staircases are everywhere right now and we love it! Stairs can work almost like feature walls and be the perfect small place to add a pop of colour. 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. Add a stair runner for style and comfort

January 2020: Clare Pater used her skills as an interior designer and her knack for finding a bargain to transform her family's new home

(Image credit: Jemma Watts)

One for those who just want to dip a toe into some new staircase 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 color schemes and borders. 

Can we also just appreciate this amazing chandelier too, please? In love. 

Striped runner up stairs

(Image credit: Roger Oates)

No matter how small your staircase you will have room for a gallery wall. It's such an easy way to add some color into a space that doesn't have much to play with when it comes to decor. Pick a color scheme for a cohesive look or, for a more rustic feel, hang a mix of prints, posters, maps, postcards, whatever you like the look of and can stick on a wall. 

Also loving this olive green paint too, definitely going on the list of potential staircase paint colors.  

6. Maximise storage under your staircase

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 staircase idea – build shelving into the side of the stairs for books, trinkets and everything in between.

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