In essence a staircase is designed to facilitate the flow of traffic from the ground floor to the upper floors. However, this doesn’t mean that it needs to look boring and functional. The staircase provides the perfect opportunity to add a little drama to a home. This can be done by installing a graphic stair runner, applying a dramatic wall color or wallpaper to the wall of the stairway or by installing a stunning light fixture area above the stairway. Our gallery of 46 Spectacular Staircases is designed to inspire you to accent your staircase with some of the ideas seen in the rooms below. The sky is the limit!
This elegant home features a striking staircase that is accented by a graphic blue and white runner. White paneling continues through from the entrance and up the stairway to create a crisp, cohesive design. The banister spindles have been painted a crisp white to coordinate with the surrounding paneling and trim but the handrail and newel post remain a deep, chestnut brown.
This modern loft space features a sleek staircase that is accented by glossy black treads and risers. The stairwell remains open to the rest of the space by installing a handrail on the far wall and a translucent wire barrier on the side nearest the living space. The space beneath the staircase features built-in storage to ensure that every square inch is accounted for.
This staircase features natural wood treads and risers that have been stained a dark brown while still allowing the natural wood grain to show throw. The contrasting white trim and gray-green wall color carry all the way up the stairwell and through the landing.
A great way to personalize transitional areas like a stairway landing or second-floor hallway is to install a large gallery wall (as seen above). This black and white gallery wall is a stunning addition to the space and provides an personal point of interest in the home.
This shabby chic home features a painted white and natural wood staircase. On the staircase wall is collection of photos, frames and wall art that draws the eye upward and onward to the second floor. The addition of a large window in between the first and second floor provides an additional source of natural; therefore making the staircase bright and airy.
The staircase featured here has been painted a soft white to coordinate with the paneling and trim seen in the rest of the home. A soft, gray carpet runner accents the treads and risers while protecting them from the daily wear and tear of foot traffic up and down the stairs. A small, built-in shelving area below the staircase provides the ideal place to display a few family photos, books and decorative objects.
The staircase in this home has been designed to coordinate specifically with the flooring seen here in the main floor. Instead of leaving the area below the staircase closed in it has been transformed into a cozy storage nook with a variety of shelves, wickers baskets and hooks.
A stair runner is a great addition to any stairway because it provides a soft, decorative element in an otherwise hard space, as well as protecting the treads and risers underneath. A gallery of family photos leads you up the stairway through the first and second landings and toward the second floor.
The unique installation of this stairway creates the illusion that it is floating in space. The modern design features natural materials and unadorned horizontal and vertical elements. The warm wood treads and risers pair beautifully with the hardwood flooring below.
It is obvious that the attention to detail in this home has been extended to the staircase as well. You can see that the wide trim and stained treads reference the elements seen in surrounding rooms. A large black and white gallery wall, across from the staircase, reflects this attention to detail in its selection of photos.
The staircase in this cozy cottage has been designed to make an impressive statement. The solid timber beams coordinate beautifully with the Newel posts and the stair treads. The ironwork of the balusters also provides interest and contrast to the surrounding white trim.
The iron work of this custom staircase is stunning. The soft curves and flourishes create a sense of grace and opulence. The creamy stair runner coordinates with the soft curves of the staircase by providing a soft foundation underfoot.
This landing gives a clear view of the staircase traveling both up and down. The stair treads have been stained a soft brown that pairs perfectly with the creamy white risers and trim. A large picture hangs on the stairway wall and adds a much needed splash of color.
This staircase leads to an unexpected wine cellar that has been built into the space below the staircase itself. The horizontal lines of the built-in wine storage corresponds perfectly to the horizontal lines of the staircase treads and hand rail.
This staircase features an eye-catching reading nook that has been installed in front of a large curved window. The location of this window seat makes it a great place to escape for a quiet afternoon of reading.
Set in the space below the staircase, this tiny, cushioned seat is just the right size for a child to curl up with a stack of colorful, picture books. The open storage below the seating area provides the ideal spot for a collection of children’s books.
This impressive staircase showcases a simple, modern aesthetic with its use of natural materials. The large glass panels serve as a balustrades and handrail in one and allow the eye to continue through the space to the large windows on the other side of the staircase.
A well-constructed and designed staircase is not only functional but beautiful as well. Often placed near the entrance of many homes, a staircase like the one seen above makes a statement as people enter the home. This is why it is important to care and trim a staircase in a style that reflects the rest of the home.
This staircase is designed to provide space for an ornate table in a small alcove created by the surrounding hand rail and balusters. An oval window located above the small landing provides direct access to natural light to allow people to travel up and down the stairs freely.
The neat thing about this staircase is that you hardly notice that it is there at all. The staircase itself appears as though it is one continuous length of wood and the glass panels allow the eye to continue through the space.
The focal point of this expansive entrance is a opulent, winding staircase. The curved handrail and delicate ironwork balusters accentuate the curved design of the staircase. The space beneath the staircase has been left open and accented by a decorative chair and end table.
This entrance features a large, winding staircase that is located directly above the front doors. The skirting of the staircase and handrail have both been designed to curve in one continuous line and mimic the curve of the wall on the far side.
This rustic modern entrance features a simple, yet elegant staircase that has been clad in shiplap. The shiplap itself aligns perfectly with the spacing of each tread and creates multiple horizontal lines that reflect the simple modern aesthetic of the place.
This home features a clever wine storage solution located in the available space beneath the staircase. In a home that does not have space for a separate room dedicated to a large wine collection this serves the purpose well by keeping the wine in place that is convenient and well-protected.
This modern staircase is designed with a combination of wood, metal and wire elements. The wire balustrade ensures that the staircase remains safe to use but does not add any visual weight to the space. This design method allows the materials and the structure to speak for themselves.
This large, traditional landing provides access to the second floor and access to the floors above. Gorgeous paneling extends through the landing and continues to the top and bottom floors. The color and material of the hardwood floors continues to the treads of each step.
This staircase landing has been designed to accommodate a surprisingly large library with two comfortable reading chairs. The custom bookcases provide plenty of space for a large book collection and have been designed using the same wood that trims that large floor-to-ceiling window.
A glass staircase can make any home feel luxurious and modern, like it has been designed without sparing any expense. The staircase shown above features a slim, wood handrail that accents the glass elements and softens the edges.
There are a number of rules that are utilized in the design of a stairway. Most stairways are outfitted with contrasting risers and treads, as seen above, and each tread has two balusters on each, one higher and on lower. The beginning of each stairway is accented by two Newel posts that essentially cap the end of the handrail.
This staircase is designed with large glass panels trimmed in black metal. The black metal adds substance and structure to the stairway and helps to anchor the eye. It also pairs well with the dark, gray tile floor seen on the floor below.
When a staircase features detailed woodwork and paneling, as seen in the picture above, it doesn’t need color or dramatic decorative elements to complete the design. Woodwork painted a crisp white provides a striking contrast against the dark wood treads of the stairway.
This winding staircase leads to a large landing and full second floor. The classic combination of a dark wood handrail and treads along with white balusters and risers creates a staircase that references the materials and design of the main floor.
The width of this staircase has been divided into two sections. One half serves the functional purpose of allowing traffic to flow to the upper and lower levels. The other half provides space for the placement of decorative objects.
This cozy storage bench has been installed between the staircase and adjoining room to provide a place to store a few outdoor accessories like shoes and jackets. This clever addition makes use of the each square foot of space to ensure that the homes runs smoothly and efficiently.
Open shelving installed beneath a staircase can be a great place to store books, decorative items, games or whatever you choose to use it for. These built-in shelves have been painted the same color as the surrounding trim work and doors to create a cohesive flow of color and design throughout the space.
It can be helpful to place a dresser or table at the base of a stairway, if space allows, provide hidden storage for items that do not need to be carried upstairs. In this home you can see that a dresser has been placed against the wall to fulfill that purpose and provide a focal point for pictures that people can see while coming down the stairs.
This beautiful staircase features a curved landing at the base of the stairs that provides a large surface area to begin the trek upstairs. The curve of the woodwork also softens the line of the stairway and the dark wood risers coordinate perfectly with the surrounding hardwood flooring.
This modern home features concrete flooring and tile accents. This modern aesthetic continues to the staircase itself with the installation of a metal and wire balustrade. One of the great aspects behind the use of wire is that is allows the sight lines to continue through the space.
Lighting can be extremely important in the design of a staircase. It can help to highlight artwork and decorative woodwork. But most importantly it ensures that those traveling up and down the stairs can do so safely. This is most important late in the day and at night where natural lighting is at its minimum.
The design of this space features rough surfaces that have been stripped down to their natural finish. The staircase mimics this design style while by featuring large, wood planks for the stair treads and welded metal elements for its structure.
What kid, or grown-up kid, wouldn’t love this cozy little nook underneath the stairs? It provides just enough space to curl up with a good book where one can hopefully go unnoticed for a good length of time. This tiny space illustrates the fact that you can’t disregard the space under the stairs as it can be turned into something truly special.
A stairway wall is an ideal place to display a favorite collection of family photos. And the area just below the staircase provides the opportunity to set up a vignette that features a soft bench and exciting accent rug.
This staircase features a unique wall treatment at its base. The wall treatment features wood trim that has been stained to match the hardwood flooring and between the trim are glossy white panels that reflect light through the space.
This ethereal space is a collection of soft, neutral tones and natural elements. The staircase has been constructed using natural wood in a clear stain for the treads, glass panels and a metal handrail that provide functionality and beauty.
The design style seen in this space, from kitchen to stairway is ultra modern. The glossy surface, lack of ornamentation and natural materials all reflect the features a modern design aesthetic. The glass panels of the stairway provide clear sight lines through to the kitchen making the space as open and spacious as possible.