When a unique stairway is displayed, the whole house comes to life. There are more than a handful of artistic designs to choose from today and some that you have never imagined. Whether you are gathering ideas for a new home or giving an existing one a fresh new look, think of these beautiful staircase design selections. Don’t be afraid to take that bold step in making your stairway a dramatic center point.
Transforming Existing Staircases
1. Update Balusters and Spindles
With an open stairwell, changing the look can be as simple as using a new banister design. For a modern look, use cable railings that run horizontally between each post. The posts can be metal or wood depending on your taste. Ornate metal can also be used vertically with hundreds of designs to choose from.
Reusing old wood, metal, and tin will deliver a rustic feel to an existing staircase. They can also be used for an industrial style that is becoming increasingly popular today. Barn beams or fence posts that have been sanded down and sealed make the beginning of a unique railing system that is eye-catching.
If wood railing is too much for your taste, use old metal piping and spray paint black. Run horizontally between the posts. Use your imagination and add tin signs or pieces on the posts for extra detail.
2. Reface Steps and Risers
Carpeted steps are difficult to maintain and no longer trendy. Pull up that trodden-down dust collector and look at some of these creative possibilities.
- Mosaic Tile.
- Mixture of Wood Planks and Paint.
- Indoor/Outdoor Carpet with Wood Tread.
- Wooden Slats.
- One-Side Lighting.
Sometimes, the simplest of updates can be the most dramatic.
3. Dual Purpose Ideas
Enclosed staircases can be boring but think of the possibilities. Underneath those steps lies lots of open space that can be turned into bookshelves or a lighted gallery. Never let an empty hole go to waste when you can bring dimension to the area. Incorporate the style of your home with wood or metal shelving and LED lighting.
If you have an older narrow stairway with deep steps, turn each one into an individual drawer. This can take some planning and work by an expert carpenter. However, the results will be spectacular. Use this extra space for storing seasonal clothes or holiday decorations.
4. Uplift Basement Stairs
Find a Theme
If you have an awesome game room on your lower level, take a good look at the stairs. More than likely, there are plain walls surrounding the stairway with a skinny baluster leading the way. Create a sense of intrigue to make the descent more exciting.
First, ask yourself what kind of tone needs to be portrayed. Will the room be refreshing and fun, an extension of bedrooms or perhaps a working environment? Get the right mood in your mind and use your staircase as an introduction.
Colorful tiled risers between wood steps are perfect for a playful mood. However, since risers can only be seen from the bottom, trim up the walls of each step with this design. Add lights behind the risers to create a bright and cheery descent. Add pictures on the walls to depict the attitude of the room below. A painted pipe railing can be a great addition for safety.
A series of bedrooms on the basement level calls for warmth and relaxation of the staircase. Flooring planks that depict marble or wood are easy to care for and attractive. Use warm colors and add photographs along the walls.
A work environment in a basement calls for a structured stairway that is simple, yet soothing. Carpet or vinyl stair treads are available in a variety of colors. They can be placed directly on steps to avoid slips. They can be used on wood, painted surfaces or concrete. Add one or two thin paint stripes on the wall just above the steps for highlight.
Brand New and Unique Staircases
When given the opportunity to design and construct a staircase, think outside the box. For instance, have you ever seen a circular staircase accessible to the basement from a door in the floor? Picture a floating stairway with round steps instead of rectangular. However, curved and straight are the most popular choices. Here are some ideas for these types of design.
5. Modern Gone Mad
A futuristic look comes alive when metal is used as one piece for a floating step and spindle. You can also mix up metal and wood by building the frame from metal and covering the steps with wood.
Yet another modern look consists of using thin metal strips as spindles that rise all the way to the ceiling. Metal and wood are becoming an awesome pair for many of today’s modern staircases.
6. Traditional with Vivid Flavor
There is no fast rule that says a staircase has to be consistent in design. Create a keyboard with ivory and black marble on your steps of a straight staircase. Use shiny brass railing against granite to really set it off.
If you are a lover of reclaimed wood, make it work to add a rustic feel to your home. Use reclaimed barn siding on the walls and brick for the steps and risers. Have an artist create a curved wood sculpture as the end post with unfinished wood spindles.
If you want the space for a dramatic entryway, create a curved gallery of color with large paintings and lots of brass trim. Keep the color on the steps basic and use clear plexiglass. This way, you will never miss the view from any angle.
The possibilities of adding a refreshing twist to your staircase are unlimited. Start with your favorite style and set your mind free to roam. Whether you are looking for a staircase uplift or are constructing a home of industrial design, make it happen.