Ideas for Space Over the Basement Stairs


An entry staircase or grand staircase is usually impressive and magnificent. In comparison a basement staircase is not. Simply because basement stairs are not in a prime location doesn't mean they must stay boring. Liven them up by using the wall space above the stairs in creative ways, and use the space to its full decorating potential.

Pretty Paint

  • Highlight the area with color; don't just leave it white. Create a tone-on-tone look by painting the space a different shade of a color used in adjoining rooms. Paint it the same color to blend in or a completely different color for contrast. Get adventurous and paint stripes or an exciting design, pattern or motif. Put a motivational phrase or inspirational words on the wall space: "Seize the Day," "Home Sweet Home" or "Live, Laugh, Love."

Terrific Textiles

  • Hanging fabric in the space is an innovative way to liven up the area. Put up a decorative wall hanging, Persian rug or ornamental rug. The last option is available in a wide array of selections. For something less costly, buy an inexpensive twin bedspread that features patterns you really like. Cut it into squares, a large oval or even a heart or starburst pattern, and nail it up. You could also utilize this technique with a cheap shower curtain or T-shirt.

Delightful Display

  • Turn the stairwell wall into a mini art gallery. A plethora of possibilities exist for how to achieve this. Paint a mural on the wall, or put up framed photographs, leaves and posters or coin, insect, butterfly or stamp collections. Mount antique guns, pieces of driftwood or stone, silver or bronze sculptures. Decorate an old multipaneled window with crackle paint, beads, colored tiles and the like; attach hooks, and hang it on the wall. Or put up shelves on which to display masks, clocks or dolls.

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