I can't seem to stay away from the whimsy French idea. I had a blast painting this stairway. The bottom half was painted a pale lavender, and then I sponged on deeper purple stripes. I outlined each stripe with a thin black line dotted with white and embellished with purple roses. The border was black, with little rosettes and French phrases scripted on. I added a fanciful mirror and framed some small painting replicas of Pinky and Blue Boy. Very girly, I know, but it made going up the stairs with a basket full of laundry much more cheerful.