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Create a Period Look Using Stair Rods & Door Thresholds

Create a Period Look Using Stair Rods & Door Thresholds

CarpetrunnersA staircase is often the first thing you see when someone opens their front door to you. How you decorate it will not only be highly visible but will also significantly influence the overall style and ambience of your home.

Ideas to create a period look

If you would like to create a period look or traditional feel, here are few decorating ideas, which are simple to do.

Carpet runners

Carpet runners date back to the Georgian era and are once again highly fashionable. Today, you can choose from a classic border design, eye-caching stripe, or subtle plain carpet. Companies such as Brintons and Roger Oates offer an attractive selection. A runner creates the opportunity to add character, either by painting your staircase in a contrasting colour to your carpet runner or by exposing the natural tones of the wood.

Making your own carpet runners

If you want your stair runner to match the fitted carpet you have chosen in your hall or on your landing, then you or your carpet fitter can easily make a runner from the same carpet, even if it is 4m or 5m wide. The Easybind is simple to attach and looks smart - any carpet fitter would be adept at it, as would a competent DIY enthusiast.

Refurbish your staircase by adding stair rods

Fitting period styled stair rods can be done when you fit a new stair carpet or restrospectively. They create a period look to an area of the house which is often rather bland and often give the illusion of breadth for even the narrowest of stairs. Stair carpet rods come in a variety of finials (decorative end pieces).

Brass rods


A solid brass rod with an acorn end, in a polished brass or antique brass finish, is probably the most traditional design around. The Premier or the hollow Homepride both feature the traditional acorn finial.
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Triangular stair rods


Alternatively, the triangular styled Royale stair rods are traditional in design and look distinctive.

Stair clips


The neat Victorian Stair Clips are ideal for narrow staircases, where there is limited space between the edge of the carpet runner and the stringboard (side of the stairs).

And, our tip would be to choose a finish which contrasts rather than matches your stair runner, in order to optimise its period look effect.

Replacement stair rod brackets


If you have acquired some antique stair rods but are missing the brackets (a common problem!) then you can purchase replacement brackets for cylindrical stair rods and for triangular stair rods.
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Adding Door Thresholds

Now turn your attention to other details such as the door threshold bars, which join your carpets and other flooring in the doorways. Unfortunately, carpets are often automatically fitted with flimsy, aluminium or brass coated strips – avoid them if you can and purchase either solid brass versions, such as the classic-looking Posh or Feline2 for or solid aluminium versions in a choice of finishes such as the Joints or Feline A92 door thresholds. These styles are all hard-wearing and come in a variety of finishes including classic polished brass, antique brass and antique bronze, to match your stair rods, door furniture or lighting.

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Skiffers

And finally, Skiffers are wonderfully practical AND look the part - protect your skirting corners with an ornate decorative corner piece.

All the above ideas to create a period look for your home can be fitted by a DIY enthusiast, or ask your local carpet fitter.
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