Maybe a bold pattern on your walls is a little to risky for you. So, think outside of the box! Install patterned wallpaper on your stair risers for a bold look, without a scary commitment. Mark - note the side trim!
I love Spanish and Italian tile - Hand painted tiles on stair risers. These stair risers are covered with colorful Catalina style tiles, which combine glossy and matte finishes. This adds wonderful(Cool Designs Stairs)