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Stylish Modern Home
Stylish Modern Home
Herscoe Hajjar Architects, LLC
© Lori Hamilton Photography © Lori Hamilton Photography
Staircase - mid-sized modern wooden straight metal railing staircase idea in Miami with metal risers
Whitfield Ave
Whitfield Ave
Building Solutions and Design, Inc
Photo Credit: Unlimited Style Real Estate Photography Architect: Nadav Rokach Interior Design: Eliana Rokach Contractor: Building Solutions and Design, Inc Staging: Carolyn Grecco/ Meredit Baernc
Garza
Garza
AGK Design Studio
Example of a beach style wooden l-shaped staircase design in San Diego with painted risers
Port Sheffield Home
Port Sheffield Home
William Guidero Planning and Design
Inspiration for a mid-sized transitional painted l-shaped wood railing staircase remodel in Orange County with painted risers
Transitional Prairies Home - West Omaha, NE
Transitional Prairies Home - West Omaha, NE
Eurowood Cabinets, Inc
Inspiration for a transitional wooden u-shaped mixed material railing staircase remodel in Omaha with painted risers
Photo
Photo
Gilles Clement Designs
Inspiration for a mid-sized transitional painted curved wood railing staircase remodel in New York with painted risers
Kachina Drive Wine Cellar
Kachina Drive Wine Cellar
Hochuli Design & Remodeling Team
An used closet under the stairs is transformed into a beautiful and functional chilled wine cellar with a new wrought iron railing for the stairs to tie it all together. Travertine slabs replace carpet on the stairs. LED lights are installed in the wine cellar for additional ambient lighting that gives the room a soft glow in the evening. Photos by: Ryan Wilson
Modern Architecture
Modern Architecture
HAVEN INTERIORS LTD.
Staircase - contemporary wooden curved staircase idea in Milwaukee with wooden risers
Contemporary meets Traditional
Contemporary meets Traditional
Matthies Builders
Example of a large urban wooden u-shaped metal railing staircase design in Chicago with painted risers
Hazel I
Hazel I
Brandon Architects, Inc.
Staircase - contemporary wooden u-shaped glass railing staircase idea in Orange County with wooden risers
New Construction, Glencoe IL
New Construction, Glencoe IL
NEWLOOK Development
Large transitional wooden u-shaped staircase photo in Chicago with painted risers
Orchard Heights
Orchard Heights
Cellar Ridge Construction
Trendy staircase photo in Portland
Elegant Transitional Home in Houston, Texas
Elegant Transitional Home in Houston, Texas
By Design Interiors, Inc.
The redesign of the foyer included the addition of a board and batten detail on the walls, new wood flooring, along with new railing that gave the home the character and warmth it so greatly needed. We also included a unique bench with a lovely base detail and a lovely antique mirrored pendant light. The stairwell was also designed to include an accent light integrated into the base trim which not only serves the function of illumination, but also adds warmth. The homeowner also had a fun idea of adding all the family members names on the risers going up to the second floor.
Dunwoody-Kitchen
Dunwoody-Kitchen
LT Home Designs, LLC
Brent Rivers Photography
Mid-sized elegant wooden straight mixed material railing staircase photo in Atlanta
Viewrail FLIGHT Stainless Steel Switchback Floating Stair System
Viewrail FLIGHT Stainless Steel Switchback Floating Stair System
Viewrail
In Westhampton, New York, a homeowner installed this modern switchback floating staircase to connect their first and second floors. It’s a look that is as sturdy as it is beautiful.
1920's Brookhaven Renovation
1920's Brookhaven Renovation
Christopher A Young - HouseSmith LLC
Jamie Cook of Cook Editions
Example of a large transitional wooden u-shaped metal railing staircase design in Atlanta with painted risers
Flagstaff House
Flagstaff House
Centre Sky Architecture Ltd
This unique project has heavy Asian influences due to the owner’s strong connection to Indonesia, along with a Mountain West flare creating a unique and rustic contemporary composition. This mountain contemporary residence is tucked into a mature ponderosa forest in the beautiful high desert of Flagstaff, Arizona. The site was instrumental on the development of our form and structure in early design. The 60 to 100 foot towering ponderosas on the site heavily impacted the location and form of the structure. The Asian influence combined with the vertical forms of the existing ponderosa forest led to the Flagstaff House trending towards a horizontal theme.
North Bend Beauty
North Bend Beauty
Triple Heart Design, LLC
Inspiration for a large transitional wooden l-shaped wood railing staircase remodel in Seattle with wooden risers
Eastlady-Beverly Hills
Eastlady-Beverly Hills
PRM Custom Builders
Farmhouse staircase photo in Detroit
Red Ledges
Red Ledges
Sierra Pacific Windows
Example of a trendy staircase design in Other

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.


Whether you want inspiration for planning a staircase renovation or are building a designer staircase from scratch, Houzz has 346,798 images from the best designers, decorators, and architects in the country, including Sierra Pacific Windows and Viewrail. Look through staircase pictures in different colors and styles and when you find a staircase design that inspires you, save it to an Ideabook or contact the Pro who made it happen to see what kind of design ideas they have for your home. Explore the beautiful staircase photo gallery and find out exactly why Houzz is the best experience for home renovation and design.