15,905 Contemporary Staircase Design Photos

Sometimes taken for granted, a staircase isn't just a link between two floors — it's a major architectural feature that turns an ordinary entryway into an elegant grand entrance. Although it is often basic and generic, your staircase can help define your contemporary style and showcase your decor. By adding a unique staircase design, ornate railing and interesting materials, you can update the overall look to ensure it's something you're proud of. More 
Henarise Pty Ltd
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Camperdown House
Ideabooks63,688
Questions8
Photo : John Adderley
“Sweet stairs” — derlay
Alan Mascord Design Associates Inc
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The Aurea
Ideabooks55,621
Questions23
Photos by Bob Greenspan
“Water” — yaixel31
Zugai Strudwick Architects
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Zen's House
Ideabooks58,215
Questions12
blackbutt timber stair with concealed drawer storage under
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Ben Benschneider
“Stair lights” — atari97
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The Hillside House
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“stairs” — nest building
Billinkoff Architecture PLLC
West Village Brownstone
Ideabooks40,403
Questions9
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“Escaleras” — nanaaa4
Jason Ball Interiors, LLC
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Allen Residence - Whole Home Design and Remodel
Ideabooks18,833
Questions17
This was your typical suburban staircase with golden oak railings and balusters, and carpeted stair treads. The redo was completed by installing new wood treads, a new handrail and widening the bottom tread to create a more grand staircase. The custom entry light (designed by Jason Ball Interiors) helps create a real statement when first entering the home.
“Stair rails” — Betty Halverson
Specialized Stair and Rail Ltd.
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Stacked Blocks Style Curved Stair
Ideabooks3,652
Questions2
The designers of this home brought us a real challenge; to build a unsupported curved stair that looks like stacked lumber. We believe this solid oak curved stair meets that challenge. LED lighting adds a modern touch to a rustic project. The widening effect at the bottom of the stair creates a welcoming impression. Our innovative design creates a look that floats on air. Photo...More
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What kind of staircase works for me?


When deciding what staircase to install, your top consideration should be space. Not every type fits in every home: A double-sided staircase only works in large entryways, so for a smaller space, you should opt for a straight or L-shaped one instead. After determining function, you can then narrow down your options based on overall appearance. Elliptical or curved stairs offer a touch of elegance, while a spiral set is a more quirky, fun approach (though not necessarily all that practical).

What kind of staircase material should I use?


Your staircase style should blend in with the rest of your house, so don't try to mix two dramatically different tones, like traditional and modern. Carpet and stone are popular traditional materials, while metal and floating wood steps are trendier options. You can also get creative with the railing. An industrial-style rail can help make wood treads contemporary, or an ornate metal railing can help enhance the mediterranean feel. In the end, even though appearance is important, you should first and foremost think about function. 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.
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