724 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 
Webber + Studio, Architects
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Lobster Boat Residence
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A modern stair by chadbourne + doss architects incorporates reclaimed Douglas Fir for treads and stringers. The stair runs by a custom steel and fir bookcase that allows filtered views to the great room. Photo by Benjamin Benschneider
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“Love the juxtaposition of dark wood vs white gyp bd and the appx 1" overhang of the wood riser/tread” — Studio-JS
chadbourne + doss architects
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Lobster Boat Residence
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A modern stair by chadbourne + doss architects incorporates reclaimed Douglas Fir for treads and stringers. Photo by Benjamin Benschneider
“Black contrasts with the timber.” — JDZ Designs
Quezada Architecture
Lovell Residence
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“stairs and walls” — small dog realty
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M Lofts
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Two custom designed loft beds carefully integrated into the bedrooms of an apartment in a converted industrial building. The alternate tread stair was designed to be a perfect union of functionality, structure and form. With regard to functionality, the stair is comfortable, safe to climb, and spatially efficient; the open sides of the stair provide ample and well-placed grip...More
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Stairs
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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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