Any colour/paint recommendations?
I'm thinking of painting my basement stair treads either "white" or a dark-dark brown/"espresso"?. Or maybe another colour would be better for the flooring transition/lighting? (see below) Then possibly some type of carpet runner on top of it all (any more recommendations welcome).
I've seen all-white staircase photos and they might look too 'stark' plus possibly make individual steps hard to distinguish. (I don't need anyone falling and breaking their neck.) So that's why I'm thinking dark brown - or would that be worse? I guess the carpet runner pattern might help.
I've painted the risers, walls and ceiling white because it's a partially enclosed staircase with no lights except a spotlight on the bottom landing. It is still a bit dark and dingy.
We have 12-yr old, now slightly yellowed "natural" finished oak hardwood on the main floor and Allure Trafficmaster cherry flooring on the basement floor. The two aren't too dissimilar.
Our main floor-to-second floor staircase has white risers and natural oak treads.
Note: Eventually I do plan to do the stairs in full hardwood (provides a larger an nicer tread too) but for now I just plan to paint the basement stair treads as an interim measure to dress it up a bit.
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Painting basement stairs