add wood wallpaper to the kick plates of the stairs. Those rolls are expensive but you would only need one. Not practical with white treads though, it will be stuffed up from black shoe soles in no time.
Inspiration to go white GORGEOUS reclaimed barn wood stairs.I love the look of stark white agains a knotted, brown wood in a distressed nature. Post on all different ways to use reclaimed barn wood or recycled wood in your home decor.
Lights integrated into stairs. Late at night, the stairs can be lit (and safe) without ruining your night vision with bright overhead lights. Would also be a great way to really highlight a gorgeous staircase.