stairs in colors

Kim Sykes

Kim Sykes

Architect Kim Sykes spotted these wonderful color-painted stairs in Sayulita, Mexico. Whoever made them cunningly painted each stair on the side that doesn’t get stepped on (so you’d only get the effect from a distance, and going up). Though Mexico is renowned for it’s brash use of color, colored stairs are a world-wide theme: a simple way to make the path up or down more welcoming and interesting.

Here are more sightings, including this spectacular, intricate pattern of colored vinyl tape made by artist Jim Lambie at the Museum of Modern Art. It would be possible to do at home but I’m already imagining the stairs after a few months of people running up and down: a strange wasteland of tattered curled tape. Perhaps there is a way to seal it, or use the idea to paint stripes in a intricate pattern (more images at Freshome)



…These stairs are in Wuppertal, Germany:

The Style Files via Living Etc.

The Style Files via Elle Decoration South Africa

…and these are in Santorini:

Caspar Bischsel

Caspar Bischsel

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5 Responses to stairs in colors

  1. dana joy altman 09.28.2009 at 12:12am #

    I truly love your blog. thank you for such gorgeous inspiration.

  2. Sally 09.28.2009 at 9:30am #

    Dana, Thank you a million for your words. How did you find your way here? (I’m always curious about the route.)

    I really liked your piece in Huffington Post about dealing with you personal life shifts caused by the recession. I’ve been going through something very similar. It DOES come with great gifts.

  3. Kim Sykes 09.28.2009 at 12:27pm #

    Thanks so much for the mention and photo credit in your blog! It made me go back and look at the other photos from Saylulita. We had such a great time! A colleague “turned me onto” – yes pun intended – Stair Porn! A blog about stairs, and nothing but. A great place for inspiration or just wasting your lunch hour away.

    Thanks again for inspiring us every day!

  4. Sally 09.28.2009 at 12:34pm #

    Yikes! Stair Porn! I can get into that…I got lost looking at cool stairs on the web. Wish I’d know there was a site devoted to them.
    Will wonders never cease….
    Thanks again, Kim.


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