Black stair railing designs, DIY painted black stair projects, and runner rug ideas for a bold, elegant entry.
There has always been one little detail in our foyer entry that I’ve always wanted to change but never really had the guts to do anything about it.
I’d give it the side-eye and mischievously plot its ultimate demise. But I never really contemplated actually doing it until now: A quick and simple black stair railing makeover by swapping out our old balusters.
- The balusters (those twisty iron spindles) actually aren’t that old, but they’re just not my style.
- And the mahogany gel stained handrail doesn’t complement any other wood tone in the house at all.
- I want drama with clean lines, and a high end look on a low budget by simply painting the existing stair railing black and adding in straight black balusters.
- Eventually, I’d love to add a runner rug on the stairs because they really are slippery and hazardous.
We’re only working with 5 little bitty steps here, but we’ll take any opportunity we can get for a pretty first impression.
It turns out, even though our plan sounds simple enough, there are so many different ways to achieve that sophisticated and streamlined classic black stair railing.
So I pulled together 9 gorgeous black staircase ideas for inspiration we’re using on our small foyer steps as well as classic ideas for bigger staircases.
1. Simple, No Shoe
That pressed tin ceiling is really tempting me to repeat our pressed tin treatment on our own entryway ceiling, but the thing that makes this black stair railing so beautifully understated is the use of straight balusters without shoes at the bottom to meet the wood treads.
The end result is so sleek and clean. The runner’s black border adds even more depth to the staircase.
2. Mid-Tone Railing and Ornate Black Balusters
If you’re going to go ornate with stair balusters, give them a scalloped effect. Incorporating a mid-tone wood stain in the railing prevents the entry from feeling cold and sterile and draws the eye upward to the second story.
3. Extra Long Balusters
These extra long wrought iron black stair balusters attach to the sides of the staircase to help elongate the space and make ceiling appear taller.
4. Clean and Simple with Shoes
See those little nubby squares at the ends of the balusters as they meet the steps? Those are shoes. And in this case, they add an elegant little detail to this black staircase that balances the weight so well with the metal railing.
5. Painted Black Stairs with Striped Runner
Don’t worry. We don’t plan on painting our 60+ year old oak hardwood floors, but I do absolutely love this painted staircase look.
Eventually, after changing the balusters, I would love to add a runner to our stairs. And when we do, I would love to use a neutral striped runner similar to this one. Neutral stripes are always “in”. And they work beautifully with practically any other rug, wallpaper, art, or textile nearby.
6. Painted Black Stairs with Vintage Rug Runner
On the flip side of a simple neutral striped runner, how stunning is this ornate vintage rug situation?! Gah it’s so good! When the time comes, I don’t know how I’ll decide which stair runner I like better.
7. Black Painted Stairs with Jute Runner
For something more casual, a jute rug is perfect and is usually a more budget-friendly alternative to other rug options out there. The geometric pattern here adds just enough interest.
8. Plain Black Painted Stairs
I don’t plan to paint our stairs like this since our hardwood floors are in great condition, but this solution is brilliant if you ever want to rip out the carpet on your stairs but can’t afford nice flooring on the stair treads.
Painting stairs completely black helps hide imperfections much better than white paint too. You can see how Zenia removed carpet and painted stairs black here.
9. Spindle Ornament Removal
I wish there was a way to streamline our existing wrought iron balusters the way Ashley updated hers. By removing outdated ornamental scrollwork from existing balusters using an angle grinder, she totally changed the look of her staircase into a minimalist style.
I’m so ready to start ripping out some wrought iron! Can you picture it yet?!
I mean, I guess we need an “official” plan first so that’s sort of the point of this post. We’ll be responsible adults and figure out the details beforehand, I guess… lame-o.
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