A Fresh Look for the Basement Stairwell


Although it felt like a never-ending project, I’m happy to report that my basement stairwell is painted! Before we get into the details, I just want to apologize for the quality of the pictures. This is a tight space, so capturing it was a bit tricky.

Painted Basement Stairwell | Inspired by Charm

While the area has yet to be decorated, the painting is complete and that makes me a happy man. When I introduced this project, I told you I’d chosen a green color for the walls. However, after picking out a new wall sconce and art for the space, I changed my mind and went with a light violet. It’s Elation from Sherwin Williams.

Painted Basement Stairwell | Inspired by Charm

As many of you know, gray has been my color of choice lately. For this small space, though, I wanted something a bit bolder and happier. I think I found it. I also love how clean it makes the space look and feel. Let’s take a look at a before shot.

Basement Stairwell Makeover: The Before | Inspired by Charm

And now after.

Painted Basement Stairwell | Inspired by Charm

I seriously cannot tell you how pleased I am to have this painting project completed. This space has bothered me since I moved into my house. Ultimately, I was waiting to get a new door installed, and after that happened, I was free to make the rest of the space look as good as the new door. It’s amazing what a big difference a small change like this can make.

I probably went a little overboard with the crown molding and shelves, but I’m so glad I did. I think they finish off this area and tie it in with the rest of the house.

Painted Basement Stairwell | Inspired by Charm

Like I mentioned previously, I found a great wall sconce for this space. I also picked up some wall art by an artist I discovered while traveling in Ireland this past summer. I’m also trying to decide what I want to do for rugs. I’m leaning toward a runner. I could leave the stairs as they are, but I think a runner will protect the finish and add a bit of coziness to the space.

Painted Basement Stairwell | Inspired by Charm

Once, I get all of those details finalized, I’ll pop back in with an update on the completed space. Sound good?

What do you think of this little transformation?

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  • Laurie at

    I’m going to get off this IPad and plan my stairway NOW….no more procrastinating! Thanks for such an inspirational post!

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