Turning a staircase into a feature in your home has become increasingly popular in recent years. Annie Sloan has come up with a way of brightening up a dark staircase that doesn't require technical expertise or cost the earth. The following project is taken from her latest book, Colour Recipes.
You will need
A good selection of paint
5cm flat synthetic brush
This is a modern staircase comprising 14 stairs, which was fairly unremarkable, rather dark, and generally needed cheering up.
It was inspired by a staircase which caught my eye on Pinterest because of its wobbly, uneven nature.
Although all that was needed here was a series of horizontal lines, it was a difficult undertaking. Making certain that the rhythm of loud, quiet, deep, and high colours works well requires time and planning.
Remember that the cool colours - blues, greens, and quiet Old Violet - are used more frequently than the few lines of the hot, bright colours. There are only about nine or ten stripes of these hot colours, yet they dominate over the cooler stripes.
Choose your colours
Choosing the colours that work together should be done in advance, before you are tempted to begin painting. Aim for a group of some dark and light neutrals, many cool colours, and just a few warm colours. I repeated each colour several times, especially the neutrals and cool colours. I started with a smaller group of colours, but found I added a few more as I went.
Sample pots are a good way to use a lot of colours economically.
Vary the stripes
Each stripe of paint is not only a little wobbly but is also of a different width and some are on the step and the riser too, so blurring the definition of the stairs and giving it an interesting twist.
Do something different
This detail of newel post shows a different technique - lime washing on oak, which makes a great contrast to the colourful stripes.
Use a flat synthetic brush which can easily get into edges and corners. Don't overload the brush to avoid paint pooling and making raised edges.
Colour Recipes by Annie Sloan is published by Cico Books at £14.99 and is available from www.cicobooks.com