Who doesn’t love a classic staircase–the ones that gleam and wind and take you from point A to point B in style? Most of us, though, have ordinary stairs, and we like all the ways that creative interior designers and homeowners are turning their basic stairs into surprising focal points in the home. Some of our favorite ideas: stairs fixed with a bold runner, with different color spindles, painted bright white or with stripes. We also love the idea of a nautical staircase with a gigantic rope affixed to the wall to help guide your way up. And the mirrorball steps? Simply amazing in the right space. One more fun idea: Wallpaper the risers like this woman did.

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How would you feel about fun, funky stairs in your space?