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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 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 
Tom Stringer Design Partners
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Michigan Summer Home
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Photography by: Werner Straube
“Storage/stairs” — mlwhite
Ben Herzog
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Brooklyn Townhouse
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Shoe storage under stairway
“Great shelving & shoe storage” — umisbaba
Spacial Images
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The Zinc House
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Photo: Martin Gardner- http://www.spacialimages.com Architect: OB Architecture - http://obarchitecture.co.uk Stylist: http://www.EmmaHooton.com A contemporary, airy beautiful space set close to the sea in the New Forest
“Simple clean lines” — Eris Smith
Wyman Stokes Builder LLC
Mc Gregor Blvd
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Daniel Newcomb
“Wrought iron” — lfearon1979
Peterssen/Keller Architecture
Fremont Georgian Residence
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Karen Melvin Photography
“D” — rjgoli
Zugai Strudwick Architects
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Zen's House
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blackbutt timber stair with concealed drawer storage under
“Organization” — bbridgett
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Enterprise
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“The good use of space under stairs .. looks really comfy” — mariamelmahdy
Carlos Martin Architects, Inc.
2821 Spanish River Road Residence
Ideabooks14,465
Questions8
The art of modern living is expressed with eloquent aplomb in this brand-new showplace on the Intracoastal Waterway in The Estates, historic Old Boca Raton’s prestigious beachside enclave. Created by an award-winning Florida-based Architect Carlos A. Martin, and by noted South Florida builder, Infinity Custom Estates, this Tropical Georgian-inspired masterpiece (I call it Gulfs...More
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L & B Enterprises
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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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