Idly thinking about stairs (as you do) and what you can do with them, apart from carpeting with a stripey runner. While googling for ideas and inspiration, came across these urban steps in German city of Wuppertal on the aptly named We Love Beautiful Things blog.

For such an inspired way to inject a bit of dramatic colour into an otherwise drab urban environment, our 12 style points go to… Deutschland!

Nicola Rowe, picture editor