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London Townhouse
London Townhouse
KMB Design Consulting
Elegant staircase photo in Milwaukee
Hidden Hills View Showcase Home
Hidden Hills View Showcase Home
Younger Homes
Craig Washburn
Example of a large farmhouse wooden l-shaped metal railing staircase design in Austin with wooden risers
Home Renovation
Home Renovation
Moonlight Masonry
Removed wall blocking staircase to basement and used metal for railings and wood for staircase and overlook. Marble and brick flooring as base.
Staircase - large rustic wooden straight staircase idea in Milwaukee with wooden risers
Worthington Way Foyer
Worthington Way Foyer
Pemberley Properties, LLC
Large elegant wooden curved staircase photo in Atlanta with painted risers
Mountain Contemporary Three
Mountain Contemporary Three
TKP Architects
Inspiration for a large contemporary tile curved wood railing staircase remodel in Denver with tile risers
Some of our favorite projects
Some of our favorite projects
Summer Thornton Design, Inc
Example of a classic wooden straight wood railing staircase design in Chicago with painted risers
Lake Union lll Houseboat
Lake Union lll Houseboat
Dyna Contracting
Staircase - contemporary wooden floating cable railing staircase idea in Seattle
Manhattan Micro-Loft
Manhattan Micro-Loft
Specht Architects
Located at the top of a brownstone on Manhattan's Upper West Side, this apartment had a tiny footprint of just 425 feet, but the space stretched vertically for approximately 25 feet, and had access to a roof terrace. Our solution created four separate "living platforms" inserted within the space that provide room for all the essentials and still allow the apartment to feel open and light-filled. The lowest level is an entry and kitchen space, and a few steps up is the main living area. Above the living area is a cantilevered bed pavilion that projects out into the main space, supported on steel beams. A final stair leads up to a roof garden. All the spaces flow into one another, and the idea of distinct "rooms" dissolved. Given the miniscule size of the apartment, every inch of space is put to use. Stairs are not merely for circulation through the apartment, but feature built-in storage cabinetry and drawers below. The main bath and shower, in fact, are also built below the primary staircase. The kitchen features fully concealed appliances, flip up high storage units for easy access, and a countertop that wraps into the main living space, becoming a virtual 'hearth' with built-in entertainment system. There are no traditional closets in the entire apartment. Materials throughout are selected to emphasize the spatial characteristics of the project. The perimeter is light, with painted (existing) brick, glass backsplashes and shelving, and white lacquered kitchen cabinets, stair cabinets, and fittings. The cantilevered bed pavilion is clad in dark wood, and anchors the space - a central object around which everything revolves. A dark wood floor and wood stair treads lead through and around the apartment, spiraling up onto the wood deck at the room. Given the number of built-in features, furnishings are minimal in number, with only a couch, coffee table, bed, and a side chair necessary. Design Team: Scott Specht, Louise Harpman, Amy Lopez-Cepero, Sheryl Jordan, Devin Keyes Photography: Taggart Sorenson Press and Awards AIA Design Award Architizer A+ Award The New York Times "Tiny Homes Hunting" on DIY TV Interior Design "Best of Year"
Courtyard House
Courtyard House
DeForest Architects
Contractor: Prestige Residential Construction; Interior Design: NB Design Group; Photo: Benjamin Benschneider
Inspiration for a contemporary wooden u-shaped open and metal railing staircase remodel in Seattle
A Natural Fit
A Natural Fit
Fergus Garber Architects
Staircase - modern staircase idea in San Francisco
Brooklyn Townhouse
Brooklyn Townhouse
Hollberg Architecture PLLC
Staircase - mid-sized contemporary wooden straight open and mixed material railing staircase idea in New York
100k Stair Wall
100k Stair Wall
Nic Darling
Example of an urban staircase design in Philadelphia
Photo collage
Photo collage
ILevel
Artistic placement of photo collage by New York-based ILevel, Inc. creates dramatic effect.
Inspiration for a timeless staircase remodel in New York
378 Beachside Drive
378 Beachside Drive
Artisan of Seagrove
Photos by Jack Gardner
Inspiration for a mid-sized contemporary wooden floating open and metal railing staircase remodel in Other
Forbo Marmoleum Click - Natural Linoleum Flooring
Forbo Marmoleum Click - Natural Linoleum Flooring
Green Building Supply
Colors: Raven, Volcanic-Ash
Inspiration for a mid-sized modern straight staircase remodel in Chicago
Johns Staircase
Johns Staircase
3Sixteen Metal Fabrication
Staircase - mid-sized rustic wooden straight wood railing staircase idea in Denver with wooden risers
213 MacFarlane Drive Unit B | Delray Beach, FL | Beach Area Townhouse
213 MacFarlane Drive Unit B | Delray Beach, FL | Beach Area Townhouse
Seaside Builders Of Delray Beach, Florida
Inspiration for a contemporary wooden l-shaped mixed material railing staircase remodel in Miami with painted risers
new staircase with custom case work to second story addition
new staircase with custom case work to second story addition
Ogawa Fisher Architects
A new staircase with rich wood details was designed next to the dining area in an existing one-story Craftsman home. The stair wall was treated as a piece of furniture, with a custom design of box-like shelves and closed storage doors animating the elevation. Photo by Joe Fletcher Photography
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Staircases, often taken for granted as a link between two floors, are major architectural features that have the power to make an ordinary home spectacular. A staircase remodel can help define and showcase your personal style. By adding a staircase design with unique materials or updating an existing structure with new decor or a fresh wall color, you can easily change their overall look. Browse pictures of stairs and read further for more great ideas.

What stair design will work best for me?

When looking through residential staircase ideas, your top consideration should be space. Not every type fits in every home: A double-sided stair design only works in large entryways, so for a smaller space, you’ll need to opt for a straight, U- or L-shaped one instead. If you’re set on achieving the look of a grand entrance, try to work in a curved design that will really showcase the railings and any other unique features. For homes that are really compact, spiral staircase designs will be the most efficient in terms of horizontal space; while they may not be the easiest to climb, they do give a quirky and fun feel. After determining function and shape, you can then narrow down the large selection of staircase ideas by style and material to achieve the overall appearance you’re going for.

What are the best materials for staircases?

The look of your stairs should coordinate with the rest of your house, so don't try to mix two dramatically different styles, like traditional and modern. For the steps themselves, carpet and stone are popular traditional materials, while metal or floating wood steps are trendier options. The stair railings don’t usually get much love, but really are the perfect opportunity to let your creativity flow. While pairing two opposite styles is not recommended, subtling mixing up the rail and tread styles can make for a showstopping effect; for example, an industrial-style rail can help make wood treads contemporary, or an ornate metal railing can help enhance the mediterranean feel of stone treads. If you don’t want to commit to full-blown carpeting, stair runners are an easy way to mix up your style and protect the material underneath. In the end, even though appearance is important, you should first and foremost think about creating functional staircases. If you have young kids, an open railing or hard metal steps can become a safety hazard, while dogs and common household traffic might scratch up wood. If you’re absolutely in love with a few staircase ideas that might be less that ideal for your families needs, get creative and with faux-look materials and coordinate with your contractor or designer to find a compromise.

How do I incorporate stairway decor?

Stairway decorating ideas coincide a lot with hallway decor ideas — you want to add interest without interfering with the function of the stairs. Stick to photo frames and artwork with a slim profile so that you aren’t knocking into them while walking up and down the stairway. If you have a landing, you may want to add a small accent table or a potted plant to visually anchor the area, or feature a larger wall sculpture or piece of art. Gallery walls are excellent staircase decorating ideas since you’ll likely have a long stretch of space to work with, plus they’re a great way to finally display all those family photos or vacation snapshots. If you’re working on a new build or doing a full staircase remodel, you may want to include some shelving built into the walls for extra storage or display spots.


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