I do not have an elegant staircase. It's abit narrow and quite dark. The color was too muddy although it was from the cheap "oops" paint at the depot. About 10 years ago, I decided to fill it with family photos. I loved the look. I had a ton of frames and sprayed them all black. I then spent a few weekends scanning photos and printing them out in black and white. I loved looking at the photos when I 'd run up and down the staircase. As you enter my house, there is a tiny vestibule that leads directly into a horizontal hallway. The staircase is also horizontal to the hallway so when you stop as you enter, you have a great view of a good majority of the pics!
I'm heading back to the depot and I'll give you a hint. When it's done, I'm hoping for a big bright new look!! Haha-not quite the Wikipedia pictured here but.....
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More like this staircase with the great mouldings!