2 Simple Ways To Make A Dark And Drab Old Staircase Look Bright And Modern

If you own a house that has more than one level, then a staircase is an essential feature. Staircases may not be the most glamorous part of your home but that doesn't mean that you shouldn't put some serious thought and effort into making it as attractive as possible.

One of the most common issues that people with older homes face with their staircase is that they're dark, dull and feel boxed in. Fortunately, if this sounds just like your staircase, there are some simple steps you can take to make it brighter and more appealing. Here are two simple ways that you can take your old staircase from drab to delightful.

1. Add glass balustrades

A very effective way to brighten up your staircase is to replace the old staircase balustrade with new, contemporary glass versions. The large panels of toughened glass will completely open up the staircase, allowing an abundance of natural light to flood into the area. Glass not only lets light in, it also reflects it, which is why it's such a popular material for dark and dim spaces.

You can use timber or metal balusters to support the glass balustrades and give it a slightly more traditional look. If you prefer an ultra-contemporary style, opt for frameless balustrades that are anchored to the staircase. They'll give you a seamless and sleek look that completely opens up the entire stairwell.

2. Repaint the wall in a light colour

If your staircase suffers from a lack of natural light, then dark tones should be avoided at all costs. Dark colours suck in any available light, making the stairwell seem even darker. This also applies to timber panelling, particularly if it has a dark stain or varnish.

Instead, make sure the wall behind your staircase is painted a light, bright colour such as white, cream or sand. These light colours reflect natural or artificial light and will make the area look brighter and feel more spacious and open. If you really want to have some colour in your stairwell, make sure you opt for a soft, warm variation that has a semi-gloss finish.

Renovating a staircase isn't normally on the list of the most exciting renovation projects you can complete but you'll no doubt be pleasantly surprised at the impact it can make to the overall look, feel and function of your home. It's also a fast, low cost and stress-free way to make your home feel fresh and more modern.