So this is what I'm thinking of doing...painting my stairs black. I first got the inspiration last year when I fell in love with this house. I've lived with light hardwood for five years now and although they are hardwood, I've never liked the colour. I've actually never liked the more traditional handrail either so this would be a relatively quick and easy fix. (Well maybe not that easy but relatively quick). The first year I was here I painted the handrail a very dark grey to hide it a little, and this year I removed the runner that was going up the stairs. I always say you should make your space the best you can with what you have and that it should reflect you. But the stager in me always thinks I should keep my space open to appeal to as many people as possible just in case I have to sell... so I'm a little torn. (Especially since this would be permanent).
One of the biggest issues will be finding the right paint that will withstand dog and people traffic. I recently heard about this amazing eco-friendly paint called Fusion Mineral Paint. It's supposed to be fantastic for furniture and they even have a special sealer for high traffic areas like stairs and cupboards. The issue for me is that the colours come premixed. They have a grey and a jet black but I want an almost black like Off Black by Farrow & Ball. If I go with this type of paint I'll have to buy the black and white and then mix it myself to get the right colour (which I do all the time anyway so that doesn't scare me).
I'll keep you posted on this...still have to convince a certain someone, and find the time when no dog or kids are around for like 12 hours. Wish me luck.