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Under-Stair Storage Project
Tucker Distinctive Kitchens
Expanded pantry into the basement stairway. Installed shelves provide space for storage of drygoods.
Inspiration for a contemporary staircase remodel in Philadelphia
Westwood, MA
Westwood, MA
Beige and Bleu Design Studio
Transitional carpeted u-shaped wood railing staircase photo in Boston with carpeted risers
935 W. Kenilworth
935 W. Kenilworth
KF Walter Homes
Large transitional wooden straight staircase photo in Chicago with painted risers
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Huntington Beach
Huntington Beach
Hamer Interior Design
Staircase - large contemporary carpeted curved wood railing staircase idea in Orange County with carpeted risers
Craftsman Modern
Craftsman Modern
WJM Architect
Staircase - large craftsman wooden straight mixed material railing staircase idea in New York with wooden risers
Custom Built Beach House
Custom Built Beach House
Ingalls Custom Contracting
Motion City Media
Staircase - coastal staircase idea in New York
Modern Farmhouse Bellaire Showcase
Modern Farmhouse Bellaire Showcase
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Staircase - large country wooden u-shaped wood railing staircase idea in Houston with painted risers
Regatta Bay Golf Course/Lakefront home
Regatta Bay Golf Course/Lakefront home
Destin Custom Home Builders
Inspiration for a large coastal wooden u-shaped staircase remodel in Miami with painted risers
Lac La Belle
Lac La Belle
Colby Construction
Tricia Shay Photography
Example of an arts and crafts wooden wood railing staircase design in Milwaukee with painted risers
Faxon
Faxon
Euroline Steel Windows
Inspiration for a contemporary wooden l-shaped open and glass railing staircase remodel in Orange County
Modern Mountain Home, Stowe VT
Modern Mountain Home, Stowe VT
Patterson and Smith Construction, Inc.
Example of a mid-sized trendy wooden u-shaped metal railing staircase design in Burlington with wooden risers
DC Deco Redux
DC Deco Redux
Mangan Group Architects
Staircase - mid-sized traditional wooden straight staircase idea in DC Metro with wooden risers
Transitional Staircase
Transitional Staircase
Inspiration for a mid-sized transitional wooden straight staircase remodel in Charleston with carpeted risers
Mediterranean Residence
Mediterranean Residence
Perkins Architecture
Example of a tuscan tile curved metal railing staircase design in Other with tile risers
Modern Magnetism
Modern Magnetism
P&H Interiors
Trendy wooden open and glass railing staircase photo in Miami
Derby House Kids Wing
Derby House Kids Wing
Laura Design Company
Renovated staircase including stained treads, new metal railing, and windowpane plaid staircase runner. Photo by Emily Kennedy Photography.
Cottage carpeted straight metal railing staircase photo in Chicago with carpeted risers
The Barn House
The Barn House
The Quiet Moose
Example of a cottage wooden spiral open and cable railing staircase design in Other
Terrace Grove
Terrace Grove
Nikole Starr Interiors
Inspiration for a mid-sized timeless wainscoting staircase remodel in Houston
39 South Peak
39 South Peak
Pinpoint Properties
Example of a transitional wooden mixed material railing staircase design in Orange County with wooden risers
Lake Travis Spanish Colonial
Lake Travis Spanish Colonial
Rick O'Donnell Architect
Count & Castle Interior Design
Inspiration for a mediterranean wooden straight metal railing staircase remodel in Austin with tile risers
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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 or a fresh wall color, 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 residential 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.


Whether you want inspiration for planning a staircase renovation or are building a designer staircase from scratch, Houzz has 328,162 images from the best designers, decorators, and architects in the country, including Van Metre Homes and Meadows Farms. Look through staircase pictures in different colors and styles and when you find a staircase design that inspires you, save it to an Ideabook or contact the Pro who made it happen to see what kind of design ideas they have for your home. Explore the beautiful staircase photo gallery and find out exactly why Houzz is the best experience for home renovation and design.