28,933 Traditional 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 traditional 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 
Ben Herzog
9 Reviews
Brooklyn Townhouse
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Questions8
Shoe storage under stairway
“Great use of otherwise dead space!” — emmasea78
Highmark Builders
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2013 Luxury Home-Inver Grove Heights
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“Light coloured runner and white pickets” — sarahgarner
Clawson Architects, LLC
24 Reviews
Award Winning Curving Stair
Ideabooks36,599
Questions21
Clawson Architects designed the Main Entry/Stair Hall, flooding the space with natural light on both the first and second floors while enhancing views and circulation with more thoughtful space allocations and period details. AIA Gold Medal Winner for Interior Architectural Element.
“hall” — daniellecm
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Wyman Stokes Builder LLC
Mc Gregor Blvd
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Daniel Newcomb
“stairs” — mhwarrick
Thrifty Decor Chick
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Ideabooks84,678
Questions20
“Like the saying for the upstairs for the girls” — tljarvis
Charlie & Co. Design, Ltd
8 Reviews
Stair Hall
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Questions17
“Nice and simple” — zazoola
Christopher Scott Homes
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Dream Home Great Rm
Ideabooks30,062
Questions22
“Has a royalty feel to it” — zazoola
Smith & Vansant Architects PC
2 Reviews
Stair update
Ideabooks39,099
Questions11
While the basic elements of the original stairs remain the same the addition of a window and built-in bookcase as well as a new paint job give these stairs a nice makeover. Renovation/Addition. Rob Karosis Photography
“Just books.” — moorehln
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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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