270,860 Staircase Design Photos

A staircase has an integral function in any multi-level home, but it can also help define the style of your home, serve as a focal point, and turn your entryway into a grand entrance. Staircases can be big projects, so it’s important that your design suits your needs and lifestyle. When deciding on a balustrade, railing and materials, take into account durability, cost, and any building regulations, too. Read on for more quick tips to consider while browsing staircase designs on Houzz.

What type of staircase works best for me?

The first consideration when planning a staircase design is space. A double-sided staircase, for instance, will only work in a large area; whereas an L-shaped staircase or straight staircase are more compact options. The next step in the stair design is deciding on a style. Elliptical or curved stairs offer elegance, while spiral stairs can appear more urban. If you want a contemporary design, floating stairs are a great way to circulate light.

What balustrade and handrail options are available?

Balustrades and handrails are important for safety but also allow you to get creative with your stair design. Many staircases are built up against a wall – if that’s the case, the wall itself can act as a balustrade; it will just need an attached handrail. Glass balustrades are great if you want to show off your staircase as an architectural feature, whereas a timber balustrade tends to be a more timeless option. Metal balustrades are versatile in that they can be industrial, elegant or quirky. Consider functionality, too, especially if you have kids. An open railing, for instance could become a safety hazard.

What materials should I use for stair treads?

Timber stair treads are strong and timeless, but can show up scuffs. Carpeted or stone stair treads are more traditional options, whereas stainless steel and glass can be quite contemporary. Concrete stair treads are increasingly popular for those looking to create a sculptural masterpiece out of their staircase – just imagine the effect of floating concrete stairs, daringly cantilevered. Also consider using a combination of materials to create visual interest.
8 Grove Crescent House + Interiors

The light thru the colored panels :) it’s like magic! - laurengcy

Toh Yi House

Edward Hendricks
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Photos along stairways - littlesoleil_han

Residence At Astrid Hill

Masano Kawana
la pared de piedra - edna_gonzalez16

The Mission

Nicole Franzen

Deephaven Contemporary

Photos of a recent contemporary John Kraemer & Sons home in Deephaven, MN. Architecture By: Charles R. Stinson Architects Interior Design By: CRS Interiors Photography By: Jon Huelskamp of Landmark Photography
Garden wall - charles_ng58

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Clerkenwell Flat

Image: Chris Snook © 2014 Houzz

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фотограф Дина Александрова

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Amanda James Photography


シンプルで頑丈な箱(スケルトン)の中に、自由に変更できる内装(インフィル)を備え、施主自身が間取りや仕上げをデザインすることができ、次世代まで長く住みつなぐことができます。 Photo by 東涌宏和/東涌写真事務所

Cavender Basement

Mimi Erickson

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狭小地に建つ広々空間 呉工務店 Photo by Hiro Cova

Jacksons Lane, Highgate

Stunning landing with a blackened steel and timber staircase, backed by a polished plaster wall. Light fitting is Random Light by Bertjan Pot for Moooi.

Living Spaces

Harrison Photographic


Formal front entry with built in bench seating, coat closet, and restored stair case. Walls were painted a warm white, with new modern statement chandelier overhead.

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