Okay, so I knew stenciled stairs were a hot design trend, but I didn’t realize quite how popular they had become until I saw these stairs on a television commercial for Lowe’s new “Creative Ideas” ipad app:
I tured to Ken and said excitedly, “Look, more stenciled stairs — it’s becoming such a big trend now!” Unfortunately, my design acumen was lost on him and he gave me a perplexed look; I might as well said, “I’ve radioed the giant potato and it says we need to get into the bunker.”
A few days after seeing the commercial, I received the new Serena & Lily catalog in the mail. And what’s on the cover?
The yellow and white stairs below have been making the rounds on Pinterest for a long time. I remember seeing the original article they appeared in — from this Boston Sunday Globe article — because I actually went to elementary school with the owner of the house.
It turns out that Carol Leonisio, the artist who painted the stairs, does not always receive credit for her work, which is a shame. You can check out Carol’s portfolio and other work at her website, Paint It!
Some stencils are done to resemble traditional runners,
others use numbers,
but I think most common are the geometric designs.
So what do you think of this trend?
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