7,293 Modern 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 modern 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 
Elite Metalcraft Co. Ltd
“Stairs and rail and step lights” — Highline Partners, Ltd
The Interior Place (S) Pte Ltd
Pandan Valley Condo
Ideabooks25,711
Questions8
By Tommy Ang
“stairs” — seetharv
Storch Entertainment Systems
4 Reviews
Nemo
Ideabooks19,330
Questions6
“Escalera” — lauraalicia68
Northern VA Landscape Architect & Designer
Best of Houzz 2013 & 2014
Since 1999, we have worked with homeowners to develop truly unique and distinctive outdoor living spaces. We specialize in upscale poolscapes, hardscapes and landscapes.
Sponsored
Specht Harpman Architects
2 Reviews
Manhattan Micro Loft
Ideabooks17,477
Questions6
Photos: Taggart Sorensen
“storage under stairs” — zorinute
Hufft Projects
2 Reviews
Baulinder Haus
Ideabooks62
Questions0
“Blackened steel was also used for the stair guardrails.” — mldamour
splyce design
Russet
Ideabooks755
Questions0
“stairs 2” — 214allan
Bill's
1 Review
Centennial
Ideabooks4,469
Questions3
“stairs sode” — hhabibeg
Scrafano Architects
3 Reviews
West Loop Aerie
Ideabooks13,656
Questions9
Photography by Catherine Tighe
“Drawers” — peteriley
Renovating in Ashburn? Contact a local pro
Integrated Media Systems
DC Metro Home Theater & Electronics Systems Design and Installation
View my projects
Windsor Windows & Doors
Loudon County's Leading Custom Window Provider
View my projects

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.
© 2014 Houzz Inc.
Houzz® The new way to design your home™