Your staircase is one of the most important features of your home. It is often one of the first things visitors see when they walk in, and it represents your home’s personality. If your stairs are boring, your home probably is too. If you’ve worked hard to give your home some personality, your staircase should be a reflection of your individuality.
You might not have thought it, but an attractive staircase can have a surprising effect on your home’s resale value. Potential buyers recognise the worth of a visually appealing and structurally sound staircase that is the centerpiece of their potential future home.
The staircase is often overlooked. It’s easy to understand why; It’s not quite as fun as the kitchen or almost any other room in your home, but yet it is something you’ll probably use and see every day, so don’t you think it deserves some love and attention?
At Deben Carpets and Flooring, we love stairs, because they provide us with the opportunity to take something functional and make it beautiful, and we can do just that.
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Stair runners seem to be a popular choice for people who have an exposed wooden staircase. The noise that can be made from simply walking up and down wooden stairs can be annoying to say the least, especially in the middle of the night when you’re trying not to wake everyone up.
Wooden staircases are often visually stunning, and complement the decor of traditional homes, but they can often be dangerously slippery and can therefore be highly impractical. This is particularly concerning if you have children, elderly guests or even pets. Having stair runners gives you the best of both worlds. You can show off the wooden staircase below, while still having the comfort and safety of the carpeted runner.
If you have a staircase that is currently fully carpeted, don’t worry, most stairs can be filled and painted. This gives you even more opportunities to add character and personality to your home because you can choose the paint colour or flooring material to give your staircase a truly unique look.
What about my landings?
Some people think that incorporating stair runners make it difficult to maintain a flooring flow. This is far from the case. You can match the landing carpets with the stair runners to ensure a seamless transition between the stairs and the rest of the house. Or, if you want to play with contrast, you can match the flooring with the exposed sections of your stairs, whether they are painted, or exposed wood.
This ability to customise the flooring on and around your stairs changes many peoples perspective of the staircase; All of a sudden it is playing a significant role in the decor of your home, proudly standing in the centre of the stage for all to see. Now, can you understand why “your stairs need love too?”