7 Fun & Funky Ways to Step Up Your Stair Game

For homeowners, redecorating stairs can seem like a huge undertaking. Sanding down worn-out parquet or ripping out carpet... It’s a mess, it’s a hassle, and it’s incredibly inconvenient. As for renters, redoing stairs probably seems like an impossibility. Most renters wouldn’t even think about it.

But, guys, it doesn’t have to be this way.

Redecorating your stairs can actually be so easy. There are plenty of simple ways to revamp your stairs that don’t require a huge budget, make zero mess, and can be completed in less than a day.

We’ve rounded up seven of our favorite eye-catching staircase style concepts to inspire you. Although these design ideas can be achieved using paint, they are also 100% sticker friendly, and we’ll show you how. You can get any of these looks using nothing but Quadrostyle stickers. Remove them whenever your heart desires...or when your lease is up!

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Quadrostyle offers nearly 100 different patterned stair riser stickers. They are sold in packs of six units and are available in six sizes:

  • 5” x 48” (12.70 cm x 120 cm)
  • 5.5” x 48” (14 cm x 120 cm)
  • 6” x 48” (15.20 cm x 120 cm)
  • 6.5” x 48” (16.50 cm x 120 cm)
  • 7” x 48” (17.70 cm x 120 cm)
  • 7.5” x 48” (19 cm x 120 cm)

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We also offer solid color stair riser stickers in 36 different shades. Solid color stair risers are sold in packs of six and come in one size:

  • 6” x 48” (15.20 cm x 120 cm)

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Of course, custom sizes are available upon request as well. Fill out a custom order enquiry, and we’ll be happy to work on your dream design together.

Using stickers to redecorate your stairs is so simple, you don’t have to pick up any fancy equipment from the hardware store to do it. Once you’ve thoroughly cleaned your stairs and eliminated dust and other particles that could become trapped in the adhesive, you’ll only need:

  • A pair of scissors or a sharp utility knife
  • A cloth for smoothing out air bubbles
  • A pencil for marking off areas to trim
  • Your preferred Quadrostyle stair riser stickers

Installing stair risers is essentially as easy as peeling and sticking them on, with some trimming as necessary. For a more detailed breakdown of the installation process, see our step-by-step guide.

Watch how simple the process is in this video from our collaboration with @phoenixandtheocean!

Getting a custom look on your stairs does require a bit more work, though. For some of the staircase design concepts highlighted in this article, you’ll need to do quite a bit of measuring and trimming. It’s nothing impossible, though, don’t worry!

Now that you’ve got a better understanding of the materials involved let’s take a look at the creative ways you can use them!

#1: Color Block

Can’t decide on a color for your stairs? Choose them all! Color blocking is an easy way to add a striking dose of personality to your home. High-contrast vibrant colors are sure to impress, and best of all, accomplishing this look is as simple as cutting your stickers in chunks!

Source: Elle Decor

Get this look using a combination of solid color stair riser strips and tile stickers trimmed into four unequal sizes. Make sure the edges are straight so that you don’t end up with gaps between each color.

Source: Elle Decor

For this easy two-toned effect, choose two different shades of solid color stair riser stickers and cut them each in half lengthwise.

Source: Making It Lovely

We love this style, which features one of our favorite color combos—pink and navy. To achieve this look on your stairs, you’ll need pink sticker strips in two sizes: one to match the height of the stair riser and another to match the depth of the tread, including the nosing. For the navy sections on the borders of the steps, you can use stair riser strips turned sideways and trimmed.

Finally, for the white areas, either paint your stairs before installing the stickers or use square tile stickers in white.

#2: Faux Runners

If your personal style skews classical, you’ll love the look of these faux runners! Give your staircase the charm of an 18th-century Victorian mansion by getting creative with solid color stair riser stickers. If your stairs are already painted white, accomplishing this look will be a breeze.

 

Source: Next Luxury

To achieve the look of a typical Victorian runner, choose a dark neutral tone like charcoal gray, navy, or espresso. Start by stickering the riser with a trimmed sticker panel, making sure to leave about six inches on either side.

Next, cover the tread of each step with a sticker panel of equal length, making sure the sticker is deep enough to wrap around the nosing. Note that the measurements for tread and riser stickers will not be the same, so make sure to measure carefully!

Finally, trim stair riser stickers into thin strips about one to two inches thick. Then, carefully apply them on either side of the central section of the runner.

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Alternatively, you can apply the thin strips on top of the central section of the runner for a less imposing take on stair runners. The navy and chalk color combo of this faux runner would look darling in a farmhouse-style home!

#3: Ombre Steps

Ombre steps are a playful way to brighten your home without going too color-crazy. It’s also a good option if you want to give your stairs a bold new look, but want to keep it simple. After all, this style only makes use of stair risers, which makes for easy trimming and installation.

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To give your full-sized staircase an ombre fade, use solid color stair risers in 5 or more hues of your base color.  For example, if you wanted a blue ombre, as seen here, you could choose navy, indigo, ink, powder blue, and metal.

Section your stairs into equal sections and assign one shade to each section, in order of color degradation. Here, the stairs are separated into groups of three, with the darkest shade at the foot and the lightest shade at the top.

Source: Ravishing in Plaid

For a shorter staircase, you can even use a different shade on each stair!

Source: The Wonder Forest

To stick to the monochromatic look, but stray away from ombre style, consider mixing and matching related hues, as seen here.

#4: Single Shade Statement Stairs

This bold look is simple and chic, subtle but showstopping, drawing attention without causing too much of a stir. Because it’s not busy and doesn’t distract, it works well in virtually any style of home.

Source: Dulux Valentine

Admittedly, the easiest way to create single shade stairs in your home is with paint, since it covers all surfaces of the stairs and only requires one paint color. However, we know that’s just not an option for renters. Thankfully, using vinyl sticker panels gets the jobs done just as well. Plus, you don’t have to wait for the paint to dry!

 

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For this design concept, you’ll need two sizes of sticker panels: one for risers and one for the tread and nosing. After that, all you have to do is peel, stick, and trim!

#5: Black & White

Not big on colors? That’s okay, you can get just as striking of a look using only black and white—the most timeless of all color combinations. You can work with these colors in an infinite number of ways and adapt them to virtually any style. Here are just a few ideas!

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Let your stairs lead you with this arrow-angled design. If your stairs are already white, all you need to get this look are some black square tile stickers. Cut them in half and place them equidistant apart, creating two rows of triangles. For stairs that are not already white, use stickers to cover the entire surface of the stairs before applying the black triangles.

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Want even more triangles? Make life easy by installing Quadrostyle Zig Zag stair riser stickers. No need to get creative with your scissors to dress your steps in this funky geometric pattern!

 

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For a clean, modern aesthetic, try this elegant, framing design. On a prepped, all-white staircase, repurpose black stair riser stickers by turning them sideways and installing them all along the two side borders. At the foot of the stairs, apply a stair riser sticker panel to the floor at the first step. To finish, install a stair riser sticker as usual on the final step.

#6: Colorful Geometric

Incorporating a splashy geometric motif is a great way to add dimension to an otherwise zestless space. It’s amazing what a few basic shapes and an interesting arrangement can do to bring your stairs to life!

Source: Oh My Mag

This style concept has a lot going for it. Playful high-contrast colors, strong angles, and simplicity. Cut your stair riser stickers in half diagonally, apply, and you’re good to go. Create a pattern with colors and directions or freestyle it—this design is yours to customize! Optionally, you can install diagonal sticker sections on the tread of the stairs, as seen here.

To eliminate most of the measuring and cutting, opt for stair riser stickers that are already patterned! Quadrostyle Bigalow stickers feature a bold Swiss cross pattern in powder blue that will give a fresh look to rundown stairs.

 

Source: @phoenixandtheocean

Or go for a more bohemian style with a neutral color and expressive pattern, like our Shaman tile stickers. Using these stickers, follow the example of Instagrammer @phoenixandtheocean and turn your staircase into a beachy boho dream.

 

#7: Mix and Match

Who says you have to choose just one style? Give each of your stairs its own flavor! This eclectic look is a match made in heaven for bohemian style homes that borrow influence from an array of styles and cultures.

 

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Quadrostyle Marrakech in terracotta stair riser stickers are inviting and entrancing. Featuring earthy terracotta and peach tones, these stickers are sure to infuse your home with the warmth of the desert.

 

Our Marrakech tile stickers also come in black and white and emerald green. But those aren't our only mixed stair riser packs. Quadrostyle Shibori stickers are inspired by Japanese hand-dyed indigo motifs and add a cool, eclectic flavor to your home, while our Patchwork stair stickers give off more of a quirky vibe, combining plenty of colorful and diverse tile designs.

To get the mix and match look, you can use a pre-mixed pack of stickers like those mentioned above, or you can pick and choose patterns on your own! Browse all of our stair riser stickers and combine your favorites to get a mix of motifs that is uniquely you!


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