The latest design concept we’re loving is facing stairwell risers with vinyl patterns from Spicher and Company. These floor covering cut easily with a straight edge and an X-acto knife, so they can conform to just about any curve or twist in the stairs. The best part is they clean up with lightly sudsy water, so they’re as family-friendly as they are beautiful.
Here’s our tip for deciding which pattern and style you like. Unless you’re a math genius, it may be hard to match the scale exactly with our method, but you can get close enough to help you visualize the outcome. Simply take a picture of your stairwell in clean crisp lighting (flood with a work lamp if your own light is insufficient) and then use a box cutter and a straight edge to cut the risers out of your printed image. Slide printouts of the patterns that intrigue you under the image so that they appear in the cut away spaces. We recommend printing the image on card stock to make cutting easier. Below, our own project:
The vinyl sheeting also makes for unexpected and striking kitchen backsplashes, so you can spread the love to the kitchen, too. Have fun trying it out yourself!