Maxis Modular Stairs Recolored, Part the Second

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Uploaded: 5th Oct 2010 at 1:58 AM
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So. I recolored 5 Maxis wood floors in a uniform palette of 20 colors, and they're available here. I tend to use wood floors extensively inside Sim houses, but I also use them outside to make decks and porches. Decks and porches need modular stairs (but they can be used indoors, too, of course). But Maxis's choices of modular stairs...Well, heck, they don't even match THEIR OWN wood floors, much less my recolors.

But thankfully, two far-more-awesome-than-me people have made a selection of the Maxis modular stairs recolorable. So, I recolored my little heart out. And now I offer the results for download, each stair in the same 20-color palette that I created for the floors. That way, they do the whole matchy-match thing that makes me a very happy little obsessive person. I'm uploading each stair I've recolored separately, mainly because a lot of pics are involved here and putting all of the stairs I recolored into one large download got a little...Well, large. There will also be matching fences and a good selection of various columns coming along shortly, so that you can build complete, matching decks/porches. What a concept!

So, Stair #2 of the ones I've recolored is the Flight of Fancy (or "Storybook") Stairs, which HugeLunatic made recolorable by working magic that overrides Maxis's code. So, you don't need scripts to make these recolors work, but you WILL need HugeLunatic's override for this stair, which is included in the set here . You will also need the Open For Business EP, since these stairs came with that EP.

Now, I have a confession to make: I always hated these stairs, and I resented their TRIPLICATE presence in the Build Catalog. Seriously. What the heck would you use those stairs for unless you were building a Barbie Dream House or some pastel Victorian gingerbread monstrosity? (Apologies to those who like pastel Victorian gingerbread monstrosities, but me and that architectural style just do not play well together at all.)

But you know what? Once I recolored these stairs (which I initially did only out of morbid curiosity), they actually look...pretty nice! Once the horrifying pastel aspect is removed, the style actually looks nice when used in an "upscale rustic" sort of setting, like a vacation mountain cabin. AND I discovered that they're nicely shiny, too, which doesn't show as much on the pastel colors but really does on these mostly-darker wood colors. This gives them a nicely-aged/varnished sort of patina. Because of this, they don't say "deck" to me, so I use this stair now mostly indoors. And because of THAT, IMO, they don't go well with the more "outdoorsy" floors that I recolored, style-wise, although they do of course match them color-wise. They DO like nice, I think, with the "Walk the Plank" flooring, which has a touch of shine to it, so that's the floor I've used in the sample pics below, to show the color match.

Here be the pics, all 20 colors:

If you've never used this kind of recolorable stair before, be aware that they don't work like "normal" recolors. You place a run of the regular lavender Flight of Fancy stairs (The other two colors aren't overridden to be recolorable) first, put up railings if you want them, and then afterwards you use the design tool to select and recolor each step with its attached rail individually. Unfortunately, the recolor names aren't labeled and you might not be able to tell easily which color is which just by looking at the little thumbnails. But with a little trial and error, it really isn't too hard to figure out which stair goes with which floor.

The packages within the rar file are all compressed to be as kind to your Downloads folder as possible. The files are also clearly named so that you can easily discard the colors you don't like or won't use.

I hope that you might find these useful!