Refresh your home’s stair rail — also called a handrail or banister — by applying a new color. Before you choose a paint hue, take a good look at the spindle colors supporting the banister to help you select a complementary shade. In addition, think about your home’s decorating style and personal preference to narrow your paint color options.
Give wooden handrails the sparkly look of real metal when you cover them with metallic paint. Use shiny silver to enhance sleek contemporary style or oil-rubbed bronze for rustic-inspired appeal. Paint your banister in a pewter tone to impart a timeless, historical aura. If you prefer a glamorous look, give your handrail the look of glistening gold by applying a burnished brass paint. Coat your stair rail with metallic copper for a touch of Old World charm.
Direct the decorating spotlight to your staircase when you paint the banister in a bold or contrasting color. For example, create a striking black-and-white color contrast by applying glossy black paint to a handrail that sits atop pristine white spindles. Or do the reverse: Cover a stair rail supported by black spindles with pristine white paint. Stir up intense visual interest with a banister painted in an electrifying hue, such as sunny yellow, turquoise blue, fire-engine red or lime green.
Generate a soothing ambiance by picking out a paint hue for your handrail that’s in the same color family as your staircase spindles. For example, if your spindles are medium brown, choose a light or dark shade of brown for the banister. Or, apply paint to the stair rail that is an exact color match of the existing spindles. Producing a monochromatic look with hues created from the same color base for the handrail and spindles conveys a harmonious and mellow vibe.
Give your handrail an outdoorsy feel when you paint it in a simple earthy color derived from nature. Take a look outside your home for inspirational hues, such as sky blue, grassy green, pumpkin orange or sunny yellow. If the brilliant nature-inspired tones are a bit too vibrant for you, substitute slightly muted versions of the same color — heather blue, sage green, rusty orange, burnished gold — to tone down the color intensity.