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Painting the stair risers and skirtboard black allows the large-scale birch-patterned wallpaper on the stair risers to stand out, as seen on HGTV's Cousins on Call.

Better Homes and Gardensfrom Better Homes and Gardens

Clever Ways to Add Storage Around Staircases

Layer on the Ledges to turn a large blank wall into an art gallery display. Build out the lower portion of a stairway wall a few inches in an exaggerated stair-step pattern. Cap these prime spots with decorative trim and use them to display wall art and show off collections.

Industrial Shelving made with Ikea Hyllis galvanized steel shelving units ($15 each), spray painted with black matte and stained wood planks (antique oak and teak)

birch tree wallpaper -- I think this might be neat in a small half guest bath... Maybe....

Good Housekeepingfrom Good Housekeeping

9 Unexpected Ways to Decorate With Wallpaper

For a quick and unexpected way to add personality to your steps, wallpaper the riser.

HGTV Smart Home Favorites From HGTV's Design Happens Blog (http://blog.hgtv.com/design/2013/05/04/hgtv-smart-home-favorites/?soc=pinterest)