The white "backbone" of this staircase serves double duty: Not only does it provide structural support, but it also ties the architecture together.
Paneling that echoes the wainscoting on the walls gives this stairwell an architectural boost and emphasizes the thick moldings.
By the same token, a crisscrossed design helps this staircase to feel as polished from behind as it does from the front.
The open ridges on the rear side of this stairwell lend wonderful movement and texture to the space and prevent the stairs from looking too hefty.
These homeowners took advantage of found space behind the stairs to tuck in books — a clever way to put every inch of the staircase to work.
Blocks of color, rather than architectural elements, help to define this staircase from the back.
In the far back of this shot you can see how leaving the underside of this staircase as natural wood helps to amplify the rustic look of the beams and flooring.