Remember last week when I shared our front room with its snazzy new paint color? Well what I didn’t show you was the other side of the room, which is where our staircase is located. I wanted to wait and share that in a separate post so we could chat about a few ideas I’m kicking around to update our stairs. And I’d actually love to get some input from you fabulous people! See I’ve been dreaming of painting our stairs since the day we moved in two years ago. I never loved the combo of the yellow walls and oak floors, so it’s a project that’s been on my to-do list for a long time now. But I couldn’t make up my mind about what I wanted to do. I kept bouncing from one idea to the other without ever committing to anything. My husband says I’m indecisive, but I like to think of it as considering all of my options before jumping into a decision. That sounds better, right?! Anyway, I thought it would be fun to have you guys weigh in on my choices today. But first let me show you this space with the fresh new paint. Here’s how it looked before in all its fabulous yellow glory:
And here’s how it looks now with the new paint, which is Alabaster by Sherwin Williams:
Quite the change right?! I know I sound like a (really annoying) broken record at this point, but my goodness–paint has magical powers. It’s seriously amazing how it can transform any space. This whole area just looks bigger and more open with the new paint. I absolutely looooooove it.
I decided to simplify this staircase by hanging that gorgeous scroll in place of the gallery wall I had on the wall before. It was all starting to feel a bit cluttered to me, so I am loving this simple change. And isn’t that old french door a beauty?!
Ok, so here are the options I’m considering for this staircase:
- I could paint the whole entire thing white like in this photo. Banister, spindles, risers, steps–the whole shebang. I’d do the same color that’s on our trim, which is Cloud White by Benjamin Moore.
- I could paint just the spindles and the risers white like in this photo. This is the more conservative option and I think it would tie in well with the floor.
- Paint the banister white and replace the wood spindles with black iron railings like in this photo.
- Do nothing and call it good.
Right now I’m leaning towards paining the banister and the risers white and leaving the rest alone. I’m not a huge fan of painting spindles because it takes forrrrrrever, so I hesitate to even go down that road. If you’ve painted spindles before you know how awful that is! But at the same time I also kinda love the idea of switching out the spindles all together for black rod iron like in JoJo’s house. That would be a HUGE change and I think it could look amazing with the fresh white paint….Plus I’ve been really loving the high contrast look of black and white lately. And then of course there’s the option of just leaving it alone and not even dealing with any of that malarkey. You know, take the easy road for change. What’s a girl to do! So many choices, I’m not sure how I’ll decide. What do you think?! Let me know, I’d seriously love to hear it.
Thanks so much for stoping by the blog today. I always appreciate it! xo