love the wall color! A rich cocoa makes the small entryway seem grand. Black semigloss paint on the railing and accents of crisp white create a bold contrast, one of the keys to livening up a neutral palette.
Jen of IHeart Organizing used a Home Depot stair tread cap and riser kit to transform the look of her staircase. (New wainscoting and paint, helped, too, of course.) See the staircase makeover reveal (Entry Step Basement Stairs)