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The Rise of Risers {10 Ways to Get Creative!}

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At one time, stairs were merely a method of getting from one floor to another, but now it seems that they, too, have become an expression of our personalities and a part of our home’s decor!  While railings, newel posts, balusters, and paneling are popular ways of dressing up the stairwell, another option is to update the risers.


What is a riser?

A riser is the vertical portion between one step and the next.  {As a side note, in reality, the riser isn’t perfectly vertical but is slightly inclined with the top slightly closer than the base.}  Atticmag has a great diagram detailing the various parts of a staircase.

Stair Terminology



1.  Painted Pretty

Whether solid or stripped, a splash of paint adds instant drama and color.

{via Real Simple}
{via Real Simple}


Painted Risers
{via Erin Paige Pitts Interiors}
Stripe Painted Riser
{via Decor Pad}


2. Wallpaper

Wallpaper isn’t just for walls!  Use one pattern or several depending on your style!

Wallpaper Risers
{via Pistachio Cream}


Cottage Wallpapered Risers
{via Art@Home}


{via St. Louis Homes +Lifestyle}
{via St. Louis Homes +Lifestyle}


3. Beadboard

Beadboard’s texture is just subtle enough to blend with a home’s other millwork, but unexpected enough to give a home a truly custom feel.

Beadboard Risers
{via Beneath My Heart}


4. Stencils

A steady hand will allow you to decorate your risers with color and pattern!

Blue Orange Stenciled Risers
{via Lowes Creative Ideas}


Yellow Stenciled Risers
{via A Life More Fabulous}


5. Tile

Patterned or mosaic tile might instantly spring to mind, but don’t discount the beauty of a more simplistic tile that adds texture and uniqueness!

Tiled Risers
{via Pinterest}
Contemporary Tiled Risers
{via Pinterest}


6. Chalkboard

Chalkboard paint offers endless possibilities, from inspirational quotes, to children’s’ artwork, or even seasonal messages!

Chalkboard Paint Risers
{via Yahoo}
Chalkboard Paint Number Risers
{via Madame Masette}


7. Numbered

Numbers add a bit of whimsy to a staircase.  You can paint them on or buy ready-made numbers (metal or wood) and attach them directly to the risers.

Blue Numbered Risers
{via Country Living}
{via Decorating Files}
{via Decorating Files}
Black and White Numbered Risers
{via Country Living}



8. Decal

Decals are a great way to {temporarily} spice up your risers!

Art Decal Riser
{via Decorating Files}
Inspirational Stair Risers
{via Down the Aisle Vinyl}
{via Pot and Kettle Studios on Etsy}
{via Pot and Kettle Studios on Etsy}


9. Wood Inlay

If you’re building or remodeling, consider adding a decorative inlay to your risers.

{via Grant Chai Architectural Inlay}
{via Grant Chai Architectural Inlay}
Riser Decorative Inlay
{via Old House Online}


10. Contrast

If decorating your risers is too big of a commitment to make, another option is to pick a riser color that contrasts with the tread, like white risers with dark wood tread or vice versa.  While decidedly less artsy than other options,it’s still quite eye-catching and breaks up the vertical and horizontal lines of the stairs.

{via Houzz}
{via Houzz}
Classic White Riser
{via Pinterest}
White Riser with Runner
{via Urban Electric Company}



Would you ever consider getting creative with your risers?
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