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Staircases, often taken for granted as a link between two floors, are major architectural features that have the power to make an ordinary home spectacular. A staircase remodel can help define and showcase your personal style. By adding a staircase design with unique materials or updating an existing structure with new decor, you can easily change their overall look. Browse pictures of stairs and read further for more great ideas.

What stair design will work best for me?


When looking through staircase ideas, your top consideration should be space. Not every type fits in every home: A double-sided stair design only works in large entryways, so for a smaller space, you’ll need to opt for a straight, U- or L-shaped one instead. If you’re set on achieving the look of a grand entrance, try to work in a curved design that will really showcase the railings and any other unique features. For homes that are really compact, spiral staircase designs will be the most efficient in terms of horizontal space; while they may not be the easiest to climb, they do give a quirky and fun feel. After determining function and shape, you can then narrow down the large selection of staircase ideas by style and material to achieve the overall appearance you’re going for.

What are the best materials for staircases?


The look of your stairs should coordinate with the rest of your house, so don't try to mix two dramatically different styles, like traditional and modern. For the steps themselves, carpet and stone are popular traditional materials, while metal or floating wood steps are trendier options. The stair railings don’t usually get much love, but really are the perfect opportunity to let your creativity flow. While pairing two opposite styles is not recommended, subtling mixing up the rail and tread styles can make for a showstopping effect; for example, an industrial-style rail can help make wood treads contemporary, or an ornate metal railing can help enhance the mediterranean feel of stone treads. If you don’t want to commit to full-blown carpeting, stair runners are an easy way to mix up your style and protect the material underneath. In the end, even though appearance is important, you should first and foremost think about creating functional staircases. 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. If you’re absolutely in love with a few staircase ideas that might be less that ideal for your families needs, get creative and with faux-look materials and coordinate with your contractor or designer to find a compromise.

How do I incorporate stairway decor?


Stairway decorating ideas coincide a lot with hallway decor ideas — you want to add interest without interfering with the function of the stairs. Stick to photo frames and artwork with a slim profile so that you aren’t knocking into them while walking up and down the stairway. If you have a landing, you may want to add a small accent table or a potted plant to visually anchor the area, or feature a larger wall sculpture or piece of art. Gallery walls are excellent staircase decorating ideas since you’ll likely have a long stretch of space to work with, plus they’re a great way to finally display all those family photos or vacation snapshots. If you’re working on a new build or doing a full staircase remodel, you may want to include some shelving built into the walls for extra storage or display spots.
Mid-sized country wooden straight staircase photo in Los Angeles

Lee Manning Photography
Mid-sized country wooden straight staircase photo in Los Angeles
Basement - reading nook under stairs - evangelistcassandra_davis

Staircase - contemporary wooden open staircase idea in San Francisco

Photo Credit: WA Design
Staircase - contemporary wooden open staircase idea in San Francisco
Stairs can be done in different ways based on the environment, surroundings, culture or one's personality and ideas. There is no wrong way of expressing how one should go up a flight of stairs. - yenifer_diaz

Transitional staircase photo in Seattle

Haris Kenjar http://www.hariskenjar.com/
Transitional staircase photo in Seattle
stained glass - note squares without designs - zhanis

Inspiration for a contemporary wooden u-shaped open and mixed material railing staircase remodel in Miami

Inspiration for a contemporary wooden u-shaped open and mixed material railing staircase remodel in Miami
Foyer as Place fro sculpture - brunswickst

Example of a coastal staircase design in Chicago

Photo: Rachel Loewen © 2018 Houzz
Example of a coastal staircase design in Chicago
Consider shiplap at bottom of the stairs... - harrisonharrison

Coastal wooden l-shaped staircase photo in San Francisco

Coastal wooden l-shaped staircase photo in San Francisco
the tile on steps - debra_frederico

Staircase - mid-sized contemporary wooden l-shaped metal railing staircase idea in Dallas

Staircase - mid-sized contemporary wooden l-shaped metal railing staircase idea in Dallas
clean into stair treads wood on top and side of tread - 1durangomom

Example of a large trendy wooden curved staircase design in Orange County

Example of a large trendy wooden curved staircase design in Orange County
wood, glass, used for larger houses - adrienne_kou

Inspiration for a farmhouse wooden metal railing staircase remodel in Atlanta

Jeff Herr Photography
Inspiration for a farmhouse wooden metal railing staircase remodel in Atlanta
Board & Batten walls, metal balusters, wood ceiling detail - cltolle

Inspiration for a farmhouse wooden straight metal railing staircase remodel in Austin

Inspiration for a farmhouse wooden straight metal railing staircase remodel in Austin
Painted Steel with a walnut wood cap - liliyamoroz

Country carpeted u-shaped wood railing staircase photo in Minneapolis

Country carpeted u-shaped wood railing staircase photo in Minneapolis
Wood floor, carpeted stairs. - midgew

Inspiration for a large timeless wooden l-shaped staircase remodel in Atlanta

the staircase after stripping of the old varnish and application of dark, vintage style stain.
Inspiration for a large timeless wooden l-shaped staircase remodel in Atlanta
So beautifully done! A dying art these days. - sharon_ciani50

Example of a mid-sized minimalist wooden u-shaped cable railing staircase design in Other

Example of a mid-sized minimalist wooden u-shaped cable railing staircase design in Other
the wood on the treads of the steps - hhopbusch

Example of an urban u-shaped cable railing staircase design in Other

Alyssa Rosenheck
Example of an urban u-shaped cable railing staircase design in Other

Trendy wooden straight open staircase photo in Los Angeles

Trendy wooden straight open staircase photo in Los Angeles

Staircase - eclectic u-shaped metal railing staircase idea in New York

Photo: Rikki Snyder © 2018 Houzz
Staircase - eclectic u-shaped metal railing staircase idea in New York
Awesome (for someone else but so cool!) - chrissy_aldridge

Inspiration for a transitional wooden l-shaped staircase remodel in Minneapolis

General Contractor: Hagstrom Builders | Photos: Corey Gaffer Photography
Inspiration for a transitional wooden l-shaped staircase remodel in Minneapolis
INTERIOR RAILING TO BE SIMPLE METAL RODDING WITH WOOD CAP - audreytoplissdesign

Inspiration for a mid-sized modern wooden u-shaped open and glass railing staircase remodel in Providence

When a world class sailing champion approached us to design a Newport home for his family, with lodging for his sailing crew, we set out to create a clean, light-filled modern home that would integrate with the natural surroundings of the waterfront property, and respect the character of the historic district. Our approach was to make the marine landscape an integral feature throughout the home. One hundred eighty degree views of the ocean from the top floors are the result of the pinwheel massing. The home is designed as an extension of the curvilinear approach to the property through the woods and reflects the gentle undulating waterline of the adjacent saltwater marsh. Floodplain regulations dictated that the primary occupied spaces be located significantly above grade; accordingly, we designed the first and second floors on a stone “plinth” above a walk-out basement with ample storage for sailing equipment. The curved stone base slopes to grade and houses the shallow entry stair, while the same stone clads the interior’s vertical core to the roof, along which the wood, glass and stainless steel stair ascends to the upper level. One critical programmatic requirement was enough sleeping space for the sailing crew, and informal party spaces for the end of race-day gatherings. The private master suite is situated on one side of the public central volume, giving the homeowners views of approaching visitors. A “bedroom bar,” designed to accommodate a full house of guests, emerges from the other side of the central volume, and serves as a backdrop for the infinity pool and the cove beyond. Also essential to the design process was ecological sensitivity and stewardship. The wetlands of the adjacent saltwater marsh were designed to be restored; an extensive geo-thermal heating and cooling system was implemented; low car