How to Make a Feature of Your Staircase


When you’re decorating your home, there are always parts of it you want to hide, and others you want to accentuate. We tend to consider the more mundane parts of our home as unattractive, and try to bring the focus away from them versus highlighting them. Even more basic components that most homes have, like a refrigerator or a dishwasher, are often sold in the same style as your kitchen cabinets to help them blend in. While an appliance can be a bit gaudy and unappealing, there are other parts of your home, like your staircase, that you might want to consider highlighting.

Your staircase is something that you can’t disguise or blend in like an appliance, so you will need to find a way to embrace it. Depending on your home, it might be right in the middle of it, or in a place such as your lounge where it can’t be hidden from company. You also most likely can’t do anything about its placement depending on the structure of your home, so what else is there to do but to make a feature out of it? There’s a few ways that you can embrace your staircase instead of hating it.

Holiday decorations

The easiest and least invasive way to feature your staircase is to decorate it for the holidays and seasons. We are all familiar with Christmas decorations winding around banisters or railings, but why not decorate for all holidays and seasons?

Your railing is the best option for decorations. It is prime for several different types of garlands to wrap around. The most traditional will be your pine garlands at Christmas time, but you can also add bits of tinsel or cranberries around the garland as well to liven it up. Try involving your children in the decoration with making a homemade popcorn garland to add as well. To get you started on other Christmas decorations for your stairs, try reviewing these ideas for inspiration.  

For other holidays, or simply for each season, garlands made out of other materials will still work perfectly. Bright flowers are lovely for the spring holidays, such as this garland, and vines with deep red and orange leaves will be perfect for the fall. If you need some help with hanging your garland on your staircase, review this tutorial for assistance.

Changing the style of the stairs

This option will be much more involved than simply hanging a garland, but can completely change the look and feel of your house by constructing new stairs. Your staircase makes a statement in your house, so if you have the time and funds to update them, you’ll find that your house will completely transform with a new style. Consider constructing custom made stairs with a company like Xtreme Joinery in Christchurch, New Zealand, that will work with you side by side to construct the staircase of your dreams.

If you are looking to save room in your house, and the structure of your house allows for it, spiral staircases can be a stunning addition and huge space saver in your home. Take a look at these advantages and disadvantages to help you make a decision. Regular staircases can also be updated with different materials such as glass, wood, or metal to fit the style of your home. You might consider a modern, floating staircase like these ones that really visually open up the space.  

Bannisters and railings

A less expensive way to transform your stairs is to simply update the banister or railing style. Just like the stairs, your bannisters and railings can be wood, glass or metal or even a mix of materials. For example, a metal railing paired with glass sides will create an illusion of openness. Metal and wood can be simple and traditional as vertical bannisters, or you could try a geometric pattern. Even non-standard materials can be used, like ropes threaded through wooden bannisters, or metal cables attached to metal bannisters.

Railings are typically a safety feature, so you will want to make sure this is made of a sturdy material that doesn’t move when leaned upon. You can still easily use materials different from your bannisters which will create a striking look.  If you’re still stuck on which railing you want to go with, review this article with over 50 ideas, including modern and traditional.

Rugs and accents

Finally, if you aren’t ready to completely update your staircase, try accentuating what you already have with your stairs. One accent that takes nearly zero effort is to purchase a rug runner that runs all the way down your stairs. This is an easy way to add color, texture, or a fun pattern to your home, without having to paint or construct something new. You could also consider permanently carpeting your stairs, if you don’t think you will want to change it up in the future. Carpets and rugs can instantly add traction and heat without having to spend too much money.

Photos on the walls leading down your stairs, or other artwork, is another quick and easy way to accessorise your stairs. The photos or artwork can be arranged creatively in a geometric pattern,  scattered all the way up your stairs, or just a few perfect prints that follow the incline of your stairs. You could even add wallpaper to the walls of your stairs only, to really highlight the space.  

Whether you want to make a few small changes or completely update your staircase as a whole, you now have the tools to turn your staircase into a star feature in your home. Remember that your stairs aren’t something you need to hide or dislike, and sometimes all it takes is a bright and cheery rug, or a few pictures on the wall. And if you’re up for it, don’t be afraid to try a daring new staircase style that will be the envy of your neighbors!

The 5 Big Kitchen Renovation Trends for 2016


The kitchen is one of the most used rooms in your home and should be functional, modern and in line with your personal style. Starting kitchen renovations in your Christchurch home can be exciting, but there are many things to consider before picking up the tools yourself. Check out our brief list of some New Zealand’s top kitchen trends for some inspiration.

High Contrast Colours

Using opposing colours and bright accent colours can really make the kitchen stand out from the rest of the home. With the right contrasting colour scheme, your architectural kitchen joinery can look pristine and modern.

An Open Floor Plan

An open floor kitchen plan has been a popular choice in Christchurch for a while now, and it’s not going to change anytime soon. The best thing about an open floor plan is that it is inviting to guests and allows families to use the space in multiple ways while remaining connected. A kitchen with an open floor plan makes it easier to supervise the kids while cooking and makes entertaining simple.

New Textures

Textured building materials such as honed stone and wood have become popular choices in kitchen joinery for a variety of reasons. These materials are great at hiding fingerprints and smudges, making them simpler to maintain than shiny surfaces like granite and stainless steel. These options add a natural look and tie together finished materials for a more cohesive design.


As New Zealanders become more aware of their effects on the environment, they are beginning to demand more eco-friendly building options. Fitting a kitchen with flooring and countertops made from recycled materials is stunning and environmentally conscious. While these materials may cost more upfront, they will last longer and look better.

For advice and help with kitchen renovations in Christchurch, you can call on our team at Xtreme Joinery. Visit us at to schedule a consultation and get a free quote.