There is no shortage of stairway design ideas to make your custom stair a charming part of your home. From grand staircases and warm traditional styles to contemporary and industrial. Your home’s unique style starts on the ground. Beautiful hardwood flooring, carpets, or tiles can set the stage in every room for your furniture, built-ins, and home decor items. If you have a multi-level home, you can also explore some intriguing options for custom flooring and stairs. Don’t think of your stairways as neutral, functional spaces for going up and down.
The most important thing to remember is that custom stair are not just conduits between different areas of the house. They also play an important role in setting the feel and look of your home. A well-designed stairway can transport a contemporary living room back to the Victorian era or create a warm welcome at the entryway.
So, as you focus on the functional parts, do not forget the decor and aesthetics. We have a few stairway design ideas to make your boring stairway come to life. Learn how to use railings, carpeting, lighting, and color to create a unique style.
The Stairs Floor
Taking up the largest surface areas, the floor of the stairs set the look of your stairway. There are various style options depending on your budget, the level of maintenance you are looking for and your decor preferences. Here are a few stairway ideas for the floor to get you started.
Carpeting gives the stairway and extra dose of warmth and coziness. It can also help in reducing noise when people are going up and down. If you have kids, carpeting acts as an extra safety feature in case they fall. Two main carpet ideas to choose from: full carpeting or stair runners.
Full carpeting – covers every inch of the stairway floor. It comes in handy if the stair flooring is not too appealing. If your stairs have a bit of wear and you don’t want to do a full remodel, full carpeting will cover the aging. On the downside, a full carpet is harder and more expensive to install. Talk about the costs with your contractor before you begin.
Carpet runners – leave the edges of the stairs visible. Runners are ideal when you don’t want to cover your beautiful stairway. Runners will add some warmth without hiding the flooring. Runners are easier and cheaper to install. If you are handy with home improvement projects you can even install the runner yourself. Most homeowners opt for patterned runners to add detail and texture to an otherwise neutral space. Find a unique pattern that blends in with the surrounding décor but still draws the eyes towards the staircase. You can also opt for neutral non-patterned carpeting if you want a plain minimalist style. This is also where you can add some interest with texture.
There is a certain beauty in plain hardwood that many homeowners have come to appreciate. So, if you don’t want even an inch of your staircase hidden from site, leave it as it is. One advantage of hardwood staircases is their ease of maintenance. You don’t have to worry about staining or trapped smells.
This is not as common, but it has its own sizable following. The tiles are attached to the riser not the tread. They can be faux tiles, which are easier to install, or actual tiles. Choose a nice vivid pattern that gives your stairs a bold look.
If you don’t want to cover your stairway but don’t want to leave it plain either, try your hand at illusions. With some creativity and a pro’s help, you can transform your plain stairway into anything you want. One popular trick is to create a runner illusion. The stairs are painted such that they look like they have a carpet runner on them. You can also go full artsy and create a movie or nature scene on the stairway. This can be especially handy for long staircases as the art provides a distraction from the long journey up.
- Some good stairway design ideas for small spaces include using thin metal spindles or combining glass with metal. This leaves the room still airy and bright.
- Don’t forget to make good use of the space below the staircase.
- Make sure you follow local code on safety when deciding the stairway design. Your contractor can help you with this.
- The stairway is not just about rails and spindles. If there is a wall along the staircase, it is a great place to add family photographs and art. They provide a nice distraction from the arduous journey up.
- Don’t forget to marry the staircase design with the decor of the space around it. As much as you need to make the stairway a unique piece of decor on its own, it also needs to blend in smoothly with the surrounding space. Use color, patterns, and materials to provide a nice blending and transition from the stairway to the room it leads into.
#1 Residence with Marble and Wood Stairs
Handcrafted landings, railings, newels, and finials are sure to be noticed whenever you and you guests climb your custom stairs. Functional elements that are normally quite anonymous have a chance to shine when you have to grip them or tread on them.
#2 Spiral Staircase Stairs
Would you like to run up a waterfall? This 3-story spiral cast glass staircase for a private residence in Hawaii by Walter Gordinier Studios LLC was designed to create the sensation of wading in a stream. The texture of the glass steps exquisitely evokes light-dappled water and stones.
#3 Workplace Stairs
Your flooring isn’t the only thing going up the stairs. you can merge your work place with your stair
#4 Wools of New Zealand Stairs
100% Laneve wood carpet runner by Crucial Trading.
#5 Heritage Doors and Floors LTD
The solid American white oak stairs are fixed to the wall. The lights make them appear as if they are floating.
This staircase area is beyond unique. The custom-made lights by Jeff Goodman Studio add a wonderful burst of color and have a fun party balloon feel. The black balustrade is also very contemporary and unique.
The lighthouse newel post is a great custom feature in this beach style Boston home.
#8 LET THERE BE LIGHT
In order to get more light into the home, they had to design several features into this staircase area. They located the stairs along the south, glass railing, skylights and windows in the stairwell. They also used LED strip lighting within the carbonized bamboo stairs, landing and floors.
#9 BEACH STYLE SPIRAL
Eye-catching aqua color and fun rope detail.
#10 Classic and Modern Stairs
Great inspiration for if you want to add a wood to your classic stairs.
#11 TEAL TILE
A great Mediterranean style tile stairway idea.
#12 GRAND STAIRCASE
Grand staircase and grand piano in this Nashville home. Exquisite details–stair handrail & carpet runner.
#13 Work Stairway
Simple stairway with free desk. A remarkable feature in this home.
#14 White Stair with Flower
A great representation of a stair flower.
#15 Small Garden Staircase
Stunning & warm detail within this staircase.
#16 Rustic & Warm
Rustic and warm (& a little industrial) all in one.
This fun runner was designed for the DIY Network.
#18 Colorful Tile
No lack of color in this stairway.
#19 Ca Mediterranean
This staircase beautiful that complement the dark rich wood and metal railing.
#20 Colorful Stripes
These painted steps definitely cheer up a basement space.
#21 Lighted Gem
This staircase is accentuated by this cool lighting.
#22 Paris Industrial
Very industrial and a little intimidating.
#23 Rich Mediterranean
This staircase feels so warm and luxurious due to the rich, deep dark colors chosen for the tile and treads. And the metal railing adds to all of this with its unique design.
#24 The Blues
You can always paint the stairs and add a touch of whimsy with a feature color or colors–here we see alternating blues.
#25 CONTEMPORARY COOL
Love the weaved wall!
This spiral staircase is so opulent and grand.
#27 Modern Spiral Stair
taking into consideration a melody has a limited floor area, a spiral staircase would be a fine answer to that problem. Unlike the welcome staircase design, spiral stairs could take stirring lesser make public and it is usually open.
#28 Beach Style
Love the laid-back feeling and of this Marco Island staircase.
#29 Ceramic Style
A completely different look than Ceramic style. The blue and green tiles are the stars of the show. Not to be overlooked–the metal railing is so unique. Cool oval detail.
#30 Spiral Stair Railing
as soon as a space has a limited floor area, a spiral staircase would be a fine respond to that problem. Unlike the suitable staircase design, spiral stairs could give a positive response taking place lesser spread and it is usually open.
The industrial staircase in this incredible Seattle home also showcases a climbing wall! Perfect for that adventurous homeowner.
#32 Serene Transitional
Love the rounded areas of this wood staircase.
#33 Winding Up
Cool winding staircase.
Fun rope detail in this Charlotte farmhouse.
#35 HEAVY METAL
Striking industrial staircase in Rome.
Thick beefy treads make up this contemporary staircase. The gap between steps is 2 inches and the thickness of the tread is 6 inches.
This staircase adds to the elegance of this beautiful Miami home.
#38 Urban Oasis
This industrial loft, with its prominent steel staircase, is located in Phoenix and was designed specifically for an artistic homeowner.
#39 Tropical Blue
A lot of stairway ideas here: wood, tile, cable railing, white painted posts, extra storage and a burst of tropical color!
A storage staircase and space.
If you need help visualizing the right staircase for you, here are three design approaches you can take to the custom construction and installation of your stairs. And if you already know exactly what you want, post the details of your dream staircase on Comment and artisans interested in your project will contact you.