Decorating Ideas Around Spiral Staircases
Spiral staircases are great for houses where you need a way to go from the first to the second level in a limited space. When decorating around spiral staircases, the first step is to consider the space as a whole. Where is the staircase located? Is it on one side of the room, or closer to the center? Is the space behind the staircase usable, or better left empty to avoid a cluttered look. Choosing whether or not to decorate the walls around spiral staircases will depend in large part on how close the staircase is to a wall. Too close, and it will obscure anything placed on the walls. In fact, it may be best to ignore the wall closest to the staircase, and instead paint it an accent color to set off the stairs themselves. For walls located a few feet behind a staircase, look for one, large image such as a tapestry, wall mural or oversized painting. The idea is to focus the eye around the stairs, rather than having small, individual items potentially blocked from view depending on the angle.
Many spiral staircases come out into loft and landing areas. Make the most of these open spaces by creating a conversation pit, or by placing a large piece of wall art at the top of the stairs. Keep the wall color from the floor below straight to the ceiling if a wall on either side continues up into a loft to avoid a broken space.