I need to re-do ours.
Ideally, I would like to remove the wall on the left--at least as far back as the closet and put up balustrades and a newel post. That would certainly help with the claustophobia.
Instead of something like this:
It would sort of be like this. (Though my little wall is only 21"--about two steps!)
Anyway, here are just a few images that have caught my eye. I really am a classicist when it comes to stairs.
So, so gorgeous: wood with white risers.
Basic and classic.
I like these--but I wonder if I'd get tired of them. Besides, they seem too "folksy" or kind of "country farmhouse" to me now.
Of course, there's my most favouritest ever:
Black and white.
If I can't stain the treads, then I'll do black and white. I know I'm probably asking for trouble as far as dirt goes, but if we stained, I'd probably have to use a dark one anyway.
We'll have to see how it goes.
Step by step.