Often you don’t need to makeover a complete room when you can modernise elements within it to energise your space.


This staircase was looking drab and dated. The banister had come loose, the paint was chipped and the spindles were awkward to clean. It needed modernising.

A great way to decide how to modernise your stairs is to take inspiration from others, particularly neighbours who have similar house styles to your home. The neighbours in this close of properties had modernised their stairs in several ways. Some decided to clad the existing wooden elements, adding glass panels to replace the spindles, and others had decided on a completely handmade wooden staircase. The price to modernise their stairs ranged from £3,000 to £12,000.


For this makeover, my design decision was in the middle of these two options… to replace all of the tactile elements (posts, spindles and banisters) and cladding the fascias in oak wood, and then adding glass spindles. The design was measured by a professional staircase company so that it could be made to the exact specifications.


Most modern homes have glass panels, but I chose glass spindles because the gaps will easily accommodate a Christmas garland that’s hung over the banister and stairs. When you’re planning any makeover to your home, it’s mindful to take into consideration how you use the space day and night, as well as throughout the seasons.


The staircase was supposed to be installed prior to the lock down but was delayed until business could be resumed. Ideally I’ve love to have replaced the stair treads with the oak, but seeing as the family are constantly coming and going at different times of the day and night, for sound proofing qualities, I decided to keep the stairs with carpet.


Here’s the transformation:



It’s gone from drab and dated to modern and stylish.


Now that the staircase has been remodelled, I just need to complete the transformation with a fresh lick of paint on the walls and a hard wearing carpet. With just a few more months until Christmas I’ll be running around the shops making the final design decisions and getting it ready for the festive season. If you’re interested, hop over to my Instagram @gainterior where I’ll be sharing my Christmas styling with you in December.


Even if you can’t have friends and family over for Christmas, my clients have been saying how lovely it’s been living in their beautifully stylish homes during lock down. Remember, you don’t always need to makeover a complete room when you can modernise elements within it to energise your space.


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