Smart and stylish, stripes can be just right for your stairs. Here’s how to pick the perfect design
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Stripes and stair runners are a dream team: whatever style of house you put them in, they just always seem to work. Be inspired by these design ideas, then browse the Houzz Shop to find your perfect staircase stripe.
Walk on sunshine
Wouldn’t it be lovely to be greeted by a ray of sunshine like this every time you opened your front door? Teamed with crisp white woodwork, this bright yellow and white stripe lifts the staircase from standard to special.
The trick to working with such a strong tone is to keep the rest of your décor simple, as here. So if you fancy choosing a similarly mood-boosting colour for your own stair runner, think of it as the main element in your hallway design and keep the rest of the scheme crisply neutral to allow it to glow.
Alternate your stripes
If you have a wide staircase, you can afford to play with your design and perhaps try a staggered stripe, like this one, for a fun twist on the traditional style.
A word of warning, though: a staggered stripe can be a little visually confusing, so this design might be best used sparingly, or on a short section of staircase, to create a deliberately playful effect, rather than on a long flight of steps.
Get coastal cool
Coastal style is simple and unfussy, and draws primarily on blues and whites. Step forward this staircase, a masterclass in how to get a nautical-inspired home scheme spot-on.
The polished wooden floor and handrail are varnished to a yacht-like finish, while the runner is crisp and simple, with a generous navy blue and white stripe. The whole look is then surrounded by fresh white walls and stair treads.
The only thing missing is the sound of seagulls wheeling overhead and waves gently lapping on the shore. Coastal perfection.
Take it around a corner
Another variation on the coastal stripe, this runner mixes a soft biscuit shade with grey-blue and cream for a gentler seaside vibe than the traditional navy and white combination.
The runner also turns a corner, which can look particularly effective with a striped design, as it leads the eye neatly around the corner, visually drawing you upwards.
Painting the risers white but teaming them with pale wood treads is another way to bring warmth and interest to a coastal scheme.
Paint a rainbow
This vivid runner almost cascades down the staircase in a river of bright, juicy shades, thanks to the bold slices of dazzling colour, from raspberry red and sunshine yellow to peacock blue.
Fitting the runner almost edge-to-edge on the staircase, and choosing wide rather than narrow stripes, allows the colour to reign. Keeping everything else crisp white lets the design dazzle without overwhelming.
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Add contemporary colour
This runner adds a shot of contemporary cool to the traditional staircase, thanks to the slim stripes of rainbow colour contrasted with the crisp white panelling and banisters.
More restrained than the previous runner, it still brings warmth, and a sense of fun, to this elegant hallway.
Choosing a slim stripe like this is a good way to experiment with colour if you’re hesitant, as the more narrow the stripe, the more subtle the overall effect will be.
Are you tempted by a striped runner for your staircase – or do you have one already? Share your thoughts and photos in the Comments section.
La Paz Flatweave Stair Runner, Red and Ivory – £55.02
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