Corridor & hallway by Tammaro Arquitetura e Engenharia

20 fabulous ideas to decorate the space under the stairs

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While remodelling or renovating our homes to make them more beautiful, often we forget about the stairs, especially the space that exists beneath them. Although it may not seem so important, putting some time and effort into designing this empty space can make the area significantly more attractive and bring an improvement in the overall style of the home.

In this article, we have gathered 20 original and different ideas for decorating the space under the stairs.

1. Light and pebbles

A pebble bed and soft lights make a good pair – perfect for decorating and brightening up the area under a low staircase.

2. Green wall

A green wall can bring life to any space. It works well for a staircase with a transparent railing and can be complemented by a palm tree or another potted plant.

3. Storage space

With help from a carpenter, you can design a made-to-measure cabinet to take advantage of the hollow space under the stairs.

4. Natural sophistication

You can use the space under your stairs to set up an illuminated indoor garden with plants and a natural carpet of stones.

5. A coffee table

Decorate the wasted space by adding an extra piece of furniture, such as a small table with a vase, to bring life to it. You can also place some art books or add a couple of chairs to complete the look.

6. Water reflection

 Corridor & hallway by HHRG ARQUITECTOS
HHRG ARQUITECTOS

ESCALERA CON ESPEJO DE AGUA

HHRG ARQUITECTOS

If you have a large area under the stairs, you can experiment with a body of water with plants to bring a sophisticated touch to the décor.

7. Art and colour

An elegant piece of furniture and colourful art on the wall is another way to fill up the space and make it look bright.

8. Small breakfast area

Seen from another angle, we get an idea of how the space is used to fit a small table and chair that can serve as a breakfast table or a quiet area for reading.

9. Gallery of memories

Making a gallery with your family photos is an inexpensive and pleasant way of decorating the space near the staircase. Choose frames with colours that complement each other, or you can even use a black and white theme.

10. Coat rack

It’s a classic problem that we all have of never knowing where to leave bags and coats when we come home. Rather than having them end up draped on chairs and furniture where they create a mess, placing a modern coat rack under the stairs can provide a simple solution.

11. Symmetrical elegance

Balance and symmetry stand out in this classic arrangement with the use of furniture with simple lines, a sculpture and a flower arrangement.

12. A bench

Of course, the perfect solution will depend upon what you can fit under the type of staircase that you have, but a bench can add to the aesthetics and provide a pleasant reading corner in a space that was lying unused.

13. Drawers under the stairs

 Corridor & hallway by Marion Rocher
Marion Rocher

Vue d'ensemble

Marion Rocher

It can also be used to accommodate long drawers for storing household items or even blankets and sheets that don’t fit into any other space.

14. Aesthetic decoration

 Stairs by ATELIER MACHLINE
ATELIER MACHLINE

Acier et sandow

ATELIER MACHLINE

Arrange furniture in a combination that looks appealing, especially if your stairs go up against a wall and the area underneath is visible.

15. A place for the piano

 Corridor & hallway by Passion Escaliers
Passion Escaliers

Escalier suspendu en Chêne

Passion Escaliers

If you don’t have a large home, but want a place for a piano or a keyboard, the area under the stairs can be used for accommodating it without compromising on the limited space in the rest of the home.

16. An extra TV

 Corridor & hallway by Passion Escaliers
Passion Escaliers

Escalier Ferro

Passion Escaliers

You can also consider installing a television under the stairs, especially if you have a very small space and want to make the most of every little corner.

17. A theme

 Corridor & hallway by Passion Escaliers
Passion Escaliers

Escalier bois et sa harpe

Passion Escaliers

One way to make the area super stylish is to transform your stairwell into a showcase for displaying furniture or décor that follows a specific theme, like the vintage themed area in this home.

18. A bit of Zen

The area can also be used for placing a large-sized statue or idol that may be harder to accommodate in other parts of the house.

19. An invisible closet

 Corridor & hallway by Chase Furniture
Chase Furniture

Innovative storage solutions.

Chase Furniture

Design a closet under the stairs that looks like the support wall, but holds space to store shoes and coats at the entrance area.

20. An accent sofa

 Corridor & hallway by THE STORAGE BED
THE STORAGE BED

Sleigh Bed Low

THE STORAGE BED

If you can’t do anything else with the area, place a small two-seater sofa that can be used by visitors or as a place where you can sit and read.

For more inspiration on designing the space under your stairs, read this ideabook.

 Corridor & hallway by Specht Architects
Specht Architects

Manhattan Micro-Loft

Specht Architects
Which of these ideas is your favourite? Respond in the comments.
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