As you can see the previous owners liked really dark brown paint. I felt it made the stairway feel like a cave. We (i.e. the painter - I was not teetering on stairs) painted over it with Behr Chocolate Froth, a basic neutral pale khaki. I also painted the railing dark brown. I'm still contemplating black, but Cameron likes the brown better since the front door is dark brown stained wooded. I really like our gallery wall, but it needs some updating - I haven't changed it since we moved in - and I'd like to add in some other art pieces/decor besides just photos. We also changed out the light fixture, which I talked about here.
That's it for today, but stay tuned for the next set of before/afters!