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A Runner That's One with the Stairs


A painted staircase "runner" can bring bold color to a small space.

Try a shade that links the upstairs and downstairs, or consider a combination of tones that packs a visual punch, such as these stripes. (On a practical front, dark hues will cover any dings.)

Use painters' tape to ensure a clean line, and primer and oil-based enamel paint to withstand the traffic.

Martha Stewart Living, September 2008