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I'm talking staircases today. To carpet or not to carpet?
Personally I prefer not to carpet, but I have fitted carpets on my stairs. I'm thinking of tearing it all out and painting it in tough white gloss to ensure it's hard wearing and resistant to scuffs. It's easier to clean when those muddy feet trample up the stairs...or perhaps installing a sisal stair runner ...
So how we do decide on whether to carpet or leave it as plain wood? It all comes down to personal preferences and whether or not you can stand the noise factor.
Do your family take their shoes off when they go upstairs or do they keep them on?
We all live differently.
If you have a family the size of a rugby team then possibly the noise will deafen you!
Wood is tactile underfoot and easy to clean whether you have pets, or children, but it can also be a little cold on bare feet in colder climates, but it always looks good.
Does a bare wooden stairwell suit the interior decor of your home? Perhaps your interior is more suited to carpeted stairs?
Carpets on the other hand, offer comfort and warmth. But they are certainly not easier to clean than plain wooden staircases. They pick up dirt easily and it's not really cost effective to have then steam cleaned every few months. A few accidental spills and the entire stairwell looks dirty.
A little inspiration on stair carpets versus wooden flooring:
Well suited to a boutique Hotel a la Paris
Hotel du Petit Moulin via Pinterest
A touch of the animal...
Sisal stairwell runner
For the Home via Pinterest
Eye catching orange
Hall via Pinterest
Beautiful tactile wooden staircase left bare
Black and white, very effective
House to home
An all white staircase in what seems to be an all white home.
I love interiors via Pinterest
A very white space indeed!
The white painted staircase is well suited to the wood paneled walls of this cottage
Beautifully crafted bespoke wooden stairwell
Derek S. via Pinterest
So what do you think?
To carpet or not?
Wooden stairs, painted or natural wood?
I'll have to think about this one.
Until next time!