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Contemporary Staircase Ideas and Designs

A beautiful contemporary staircase can serve a purpose far beyond the functional, with many homeowners transforming the stairs of their home into an architectural centrepiece. Statement staircases will wow your guests – less of a staircase than a showcase – and you may only need to keep the stairs clean and balustrades and newels polished to have a focal point to your decor. For a real talking point, modern staircases make use of non-traditional materials like glass and steel. Planning a new stair can be big projects, but if you’re undergoing a loft conversion, loft stairs are an essential part of your renovation and you’ll need to think carefully about how they will fit into your home. Browsing through inspiring photos of staircases and find pictures who will help you to choose the right design.

How do I choose a new contemporary staircase design?


In terms of renovation, replacing staircases is a big decision and must be considered as carefully as replacing a structural wall. If your current staircase is badly positioned then it may be worth the investment in a new flight. A standard straight staircase can be bought virtually out of the box, but for real excitement you may want to look into bespoke staircase design, including ideas custom handrails. This could certainly be the case when it comes to loft stairs as you’ll need something that fits with your area and space below. Storage staircases can be a great option for a small room – drawers or doors can pull out from the side of the staircase, utilising the space under it, or the stairs themselves can serve as drawers and cubbies. Spiral staircases are clever and can make a stunning feature in every room – choose a winding spiral staircase for smaller rooms or a sweeping one if you have the room for dramatic appeal. Glass railings are ideal if you have a preference for light and spacious interiors. If you have a more traditional wooden flight of stairs already in place, then you can add a more modern feel by opting for a sheet glass balustrade. Open stairs, an alternating tread or a floating staircase are great additions to any home but may be out of the question if you have small children.

How should I decorate my contemporary staircase?


Despite the fact that the stairs can be one of the most frequently used areas of your home, they are often overlooked when it comes to a home redesign. Your staircase, much like your hallway, can be an opportunity to inject some colour or personality into your overall design scheme and an update can be as simple as putting a lick of paint on the spindles or stripping off the worn carpet to reveal the beautiful hardwood treads beneath. If you want to keep some cushioning, then stair runners are a popular design choice, as they draw the eyes upward and add a flash of colour or pattern whilst offering plenty of grip. That said, ensure stair runners are properly fitted to avoid any missteps! A nice touch to connect staircases to the hallway they lead to is choosing a complementary rug or floor runner that echoes the colour scheme of the stair runner. If your staircase is alongside a wall, make the most of that space with attractive wallpaper, framed pictures and artwork. Stair spindles are a decorative element in their own right but you can jazz them up by painting them in a multi-tonal palette of complementary colours or graduating between dark and light. Putting a nice chandelier over a staircase can add a final, dramatic touch; if you prefer a more subtle way, consider recessed floor-level lighting for an atmospheric glow.

Design ideas for a contemporary wood straight staircase in London.

Design ideas for a contemporary wood straight staircase in London.
This could be done with the understairs storage of that wall comes out next to them. - adam_goodall69

Contemporary wood curved glass railing staircase in London with wood risers.

Contemporary wood curved glass railing staircase in London with wood risers.
Loft extension wall - rehana_hasan

Medium sized contemporary wood straight staircase in London with wood risers.

The stairs at the Old Hall in Suffolk, with a red brick timber support and concrete floor. Photo by Lawrence Garwood
Medium sized contemporary wood straight staircase in London with wood risers.
Actual stairs aren't really my style but like the lighting - speg94

Photo of a contemporary straight staircase in London.

©Anna Stathaki
Photo of a contemporary straight staircase in London.
Like larder units in your kitchen, these user-friendly shelves slide out for easy access. If you’re storing an assortment of things, or – as here – shoes, rather than hanging coats, this sort of design works really well as there’s no such thing as ‘back of the cupboard’, meaning you’re less likely to lose things. - jooliahere

Inspiration for a small contemporary staircase in London.

Peter Landers
Inspiration for a small contemporary staircase in London.

This is an example of a mixed contemporary wood staircase in Other with painted wood risers.

Margaret Austin Photography
This is an example of a mixed contemporary wood staircase in Other with painted wood risers.

Design ideas for a contemporary wood l-shaped staircase in London with wood risers.

Alex Maguire
Design ideas for a contemporary wood l-shaped staircase in London with wood risers.
All concrete makes home cold sterile - niluh_s

Design ideas for a contemporary painted wood staircase in Other with painted wood risers.

Photo supplied by Crucial Trading. Carpet is Fabulous in colour diamond in 100% Laneve wool from New Zealand.
Design ideas for a contemporary painted wood staircase in Other with painted wood risers.
Dyu like this carpet down the middle idea? - webuser_220146408

Contemporary glass railing staircase in Sussex.

A funky modern upstairs landing in the Dyke Rd area of Hove, East Sussex, with a view out over Sussex Neil Macaninch Neil Mac Photo
Contemporary glass railing staircase in Sussex.
Atrium Light & Glass Balustrade - jason_shoesmith

This is an example of a contemporary wood l-shaped staircase in Glasgow with open risers.

This artistic entry hall made a great statement in what became a beautiful home. The retro overhang lamp and chrome textured accent sculptural pieces play well against the textured feature wall. The grand oriental oil on canvas art balances the staircase well and its warm undertone mimics the warmth of walnut. Beautiful rooms by Loraine Chassels of XS Interiors, Bearsden, Glasgow 0141 942 0519 www.xsinteriors.com Photo by XS Interiors
Basement. See open space low furniture or wine idea - rosalind10

Design ideas for a contemporary glass railing staircase in London.

Peter Landers
Design ideas for a contemporary glass railing staircase in London.
Possibility with current stairs i.e. remove cupboard under stairs - andracchio

Design ideas for a contemporary wood straight staircase in London with wood risers.

This tall, thin Pimlico townhouse was split across five stories with a dingy neglected courtyard garden to the rear. Our clients hired us to design a whole-house renovation and kitchen extension. Neighbouring houses had been denied planning permission for similar works, so we had our work cut out to ensure that our kitchen extension design would get planning consent. To start with, we conducted an extensive daylight analysis to prove that the new addition to the property would have no adverse effect on neighbours. We also drew up a 3D computer model to demonstrate that the frameless glass extension wouldn’t overpower the original building. To increase the sense of unity throughout the house, a key feature of our design was to incorporate integral rooflights across three of the stories, so that from the second floor terrace it was possible to look all the way down into the kitchen through aligning rooflights. This also ensured that the basement kitchen wouldn’t feel cramped or closed in by introducing more natural light.
edeye nabiye vase khone nardehasham khobe - arch_aliameri

Design ideas for a contemporary wood spiral staircase in London with open risers.

Architectural Photography by Simon Kennedy http://www.simonkennedy.net/
Design ideas for a contemporary wood spiral staircase in London with open risers.
I love how all the space is used well - cathrina_melis

Inspiration for a contemporary wood l-shaped staircase in Wiltshire with open risers.

Roche Marron Limestone (satino finish) from Artisans of Devizes.
Inspiration for a contemporary wood l-shaped staircase in Wiltshire with open risers.
That round glass in the floor! The stairs and the wall - haroon_gajra

Photo of a contemporary wood l-shaped staircase in London with open risers.

Photo of a contemporary wood l-shaped staircase in London with open risers.
Like the wooden floating staircase - faye_marie_woolnough

Contemporary wood floating staircase in Other with open risers.

PLEASE NOTE: FLOORING AND TREADS SUPPLIED BY HERITAGE BUT THESE WERE MADE UP BY THE CUSTOMER - WE NO LONGER MANUFACTURE THESE. Modern floating staircase supplied by Heritage. Solid American White Oak was used to handcraft these beautiful stairs. Call us today on 0114 247 4917
Love the wooden floating stairs but not the vertical spindles or lack of handrail. - bridiekp

Photo of a contemporary wood spiral staircase in London with open risers.

James Balston
Photo of a contemporary wood spiral staircase in London with open risers.
loft spiral staircase light modern - webuser_985037927

Inspiration for a contemporary wood straight staircase in London with wood risers.

Inspiration for a contemporary wood straight staircase in London with wood risers.
Space next/underneath stairs used as shelving, glass - caz5jc

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