This plexiglass is modern and unobtrusive - but also safe. I love how the glass on the stairs echoes the wall of windows at the back, and how the combination of wood, concrete and steel works together.
My favorite thing about this railing design is the slight curve. It evokes a naturalistic, art nouveau feeling - next stop, Paris? - without being overly ornate. It still feels clean.
Sometimes no railing makes the best statement. In this case, open stairs are protected by thin metal poles. I love the clean, sophisticated look (even if I wouldn't let a baby crawl up those steps).
In this traditional home, stained glass is complemented by a detailed, heavy wooden rail with Mission overtones. I like how the lines of the railing draw attention to the pattern of the glass.
This bright, fun, Deco-inspired interior lets the wall do the heavy lifting, railing-wise. I love how the yellow of the wall contrasts with the bright blue, and the way that the railing wall creates a cool geometric shape.
In another great example of using the wall to great advantage, this outdoor stairway uses a simple railing but adds interest with a stepped wall. The effect is simple but interesting.
This shaded deck is cool for a lot of reasons - the tree is definitely one of them - and the railing complements the overall look. With a combination of wood to match the house and metal, the rail is unobtrusive and matches the woodsy modern look of the house.
The railing is an unexpected detail in this traditional home. The geometric pattern of the wood rail is different, but still in sync with the conservative overall look.
This railing remindes me of a cross between a stained glass pattern and champagne bubbles. Either way, it's cool and adds something unexpected and interesting to a standard stairway.
I love this combination of black and white. In a clean, white interior, spotting simple black rails adds interest and an artistic element - it's almost like a Franz Kline painting come to life.
Sometimes just a simple wall is most appropriate. On this deck, the rail is simply an extension of the floor, which keeps the focus on the real attraction: the view.