5 of the best ways to instantly modernise your staircase

When updating your décor, your staircase is probably the last thing that springs to mind.

However, whilst we may sound biased, we believe that staircases are one of the most valuable parts of your property.

They’re a prominent, structural centrepiece of the home, and the way they look is extremely important. If you’ve noticed that your staircase is starting to stick out like a sore thumb, there are many ways you can smarten it up.

In this article, the staircase specialists here at Pear Stairs present 5 of the best ways to instantly modernise your old-fashioned set of stairs.


1. Switch out your staircase spindles

You don’t have to settle for scruffy-looking spindles, and choosing a unique design to support your banister is one of the easiest ways to spice up your staircase.

For a more contemporary, 21st-century feel, steel staircase parts are a marvellous addition to any property – helping you bring a stunning, sleek twist to your hallway.

For an ultra-modern, more artistic appearance, you could experiment with sculpted spindles to offer an entirely different perspective.

With distinct curves and cut-outs, you can create striking visuals to make a terrific lasting impression on your guests.


2. Incorporate glass into your staircase

These days, more and more homeowners are incorporating glass into their staircase designs to give their property a new lease of life. It’s a fabulous addition to any staircase that’s in need of a quick modern fix.

Glass is also a great way of allowing light to flow effortlessly throughout your home, making your space feel brighter and much more spacious.

Replacing your old spindles with glass panels, or swapping your old wooden risers for glass ones, will definitely do the trick.

Unfortunately, lots of people decide against glass when redesigning their staircase because they’re concerned about safety – but trust us when we say that you have nothing to worry about.

The glass we use here at Pear Stairs is professionally manufactured, fully legislation-compliant and incredibly secure.

We’ve designed and manufactured many glass staircases, and we’re absolute experts in our field – so we know just how safe they are.

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3. Add a fresh coat of paint to your staircase

One of the most popular ways to give your staircase a new look is repainting it, and there’s so much opportunity to experiment.

Paint can bring about a wonderful transformation and allow you to make your stairs much more unique and personal.

If you’re not in a position to spend hundreds on a new staircase, a fresh lick of bright white paint will do the trick – breathing life back into any dated wooden staircase.

Maybe you want something a little bolder, in which case – contrasting colours, like black and white, are sure to make heads turn.

Remember, it’s important to sand down all the surfaces to remove existing paints and finishes before you get started to ensure an even, long-lasting finish.


4. Invest in stair runners

New carpet can work wonders on fatigued staircases, and it’s one of the most realistic options for many people looking to update theirs.

You could go all out and cover each part of your steps with brand new carpet, or you could lay a modern runner down the centre of your wooden steps if you fancy a bit of both.

This can be as cost-effective as you want it to be, but we always recommend choosing a high-quality carpet, even if it is a bit more pricey.

Over time, you’ll certainly get your money’s worth.


5. Embrace the natural timber of your staircase

If you’re longing for a more contemporary look to match the rest of your décor, but can’t part with your beloved timber staircase just yet, there are plenty of things you can do to freshen it up a bit.

Refinishing your wooden staircase is the simplest way to make it look brand new, and it offers excellent protection for your chosen timber.

You could also replace your old brackets and end caps with brushed nickel, brass or chrome ones to complement the beautifully warm wooden parts. 


Shop high-quality staircase parts at Pear Stairs

Here at Pear Stairs, we have absolutely everything you need to bring your staircase back to life – and are always here to provide our expert design advice whenever you may need it.

Give us a call on 01938 553 311 or email us at webenquiries@pearstairs.co.uk for a speedy response from our staircase specialists!