May I please tap the Hive Mind for some advice about hardwood floor stairs? I'm not sure how to identify what I want.
I am replacing carpeting in my home with hardwood flooring, and this job will include the stairs that go from the living level up to the bedroom level.
I can have it done in a manner that the vertical part of each stair step is painted white, and the top part (that you step on) is a solid board that is the color of the floors. It would not be made of the actual flooring material, but a single piece of wood that would be stained to match.
Alternatively, I can have the whole thing (vertical and horizontal parts) covered with the same plank flooring that they're using on the floors.
I'm having trouble deciding which of these to choose.
I've looked at pictures online of both types of stairs, and my initial reaction is that the two-tone method is more traditional-looking, perhaps more suitable for a Colonial-style house or a Cape Cod, with "traditional" decor.
While my townhouse is not overtly "modern" (angular, glassy, low furniture, etc.) I do tend toward a less fussy aesthetic, and I don't aspire to decorate with Oriental rugs, heavy brown wood furniture, ginger jar lamps, etc. (Not that there's anything wrong with that, it's just not my thing ...)
For that reason, I'm thinking that the all-one-color stairs would be a better choice -- sleeker, a little more modern-looking, maybe they would recede a little more because there isn't that obvious color contrast ...
But then I wonder if it will look too overwhelming to have all of that same color, and I wonder if the "stripes" of the flooring material will look stupid on the vertical parts of the stairs.
I'm using Mirage pre-finished maple flooring with an auburn finish:
this is the flooring
This particular choice is non-negotiable because I'm matching what already exists on the living level of the house. Resale value is a future hypothetical, but I just moved in about a year ago and I don't plan to go anywhere any time soon.
I realize that you all cannot tell me what I like better, but what angle am I missing here? Is one of these choices very au courant
and one hopelessly dated? Is one of those choices obviously wrong for some reason I can't think of?
I don't want to be over-thinking this, but it's a ton of money and I want to make the right choice.