Staircases as a Focal Point
Stairs and railings can either be just a functional part to your home or they can be a show piece, it all depends on your budget and where they are positioned in the house. If you’re fortunate enough to be able to have some fun with your home’s staircase here are some great ideas on how to make it stand out from the rest of your home.
Above is a great example of using different materials and textures in a staircase. These steps are kiln dried fir beams from the Oregon Coast, with each beam being a free of heart center cut. The wood is complemented by the custom metal railing with glass panels and the steel posts in a grinder finish.
For a simpler look, try going with all one material, like the homeowner did with these all glass stairs in this modern retreat.
Or use matching materials on the stair treads and railing in a minimalist, but eye catching, design.
Another way to create wow factor is to use non-traditional material. These stairs are made from 14x12’ Pennsylvania Bluestone slabs that had to be craned into place.
This space saving spiral staircase is hard not to stare at, I love how the glowing hardwood pops against the white walls, LED strips have been installed under each step creating a beautiful contemporary element to this home.
Going for a more traditional look? Don’t be afraid to add a splash of pattern or color on the risers, like this beach style home did with fun Mediterranean tiles. At the end of the day, just be sure to have fun and not overlook a staircase’s potential.