Ideas for small staircase...beqadboard, wainscot, nothing?
I have a question about beadboard, drywall, and board-and-batten on *really* small stairs.
Our small (1500 sq ft) house also has tiny stairs. They're only 32" wide and the ceiling is very low. The tallest point is on the landing: 6' 9". As you walk up the long stretch of stairs the slanted ceiling is only about 6' 7" from the step you're on.
We're in the process of refinishing the whole area and we'd really like to put *something* on the walls to provide some nice detail and protect them from damage. If you can see the maroon wall in the photos, you can see all the patching we've had to do to cover up the many, many nicks, dings, and holes! From stairs From stairs From stairs From stairs
My DH loves the partway-up-the-wall look:
But dividing up a less-than-7-feet-tall wall might only emphasize it's "shortness".
We could put beadboard on the full length of the wall all the way up the stairs, but that might emphasize the stairwell's narrowness.
Or we could just paint and keep a bucket of drwyall mud out on the coffee table for daily repairs. ;)
So any opinions welcome! No matter what, this isn't going to look like a 2-story entrance foyer, but it would be nice for people to not feel like they're visiting the Keebler Elves when they see/use the stairs.