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2018 Tour of Homes: Fridley
2018 Tour of Homes: Fridley
Cherry City Interiors & Design
Inspiration for a transitional carpeted u-shaped mixed material railing staircase remodel in Portland with carpeted risers
Lakeview #1
Lakeview #1
Elizabeth Krueger Design
Inspiration for a mid-sized modern wooden l-shaped staircase remodel in Chicago with wooden risers
Glendon
Glendon
A.S.D. Interiors - Shirry Dolgin, Owner
Colorful play room Photography by Madeline Tolle
Inspiration for a transitional wooden l-shaped mixed material railing staircase remodel in Los Angeles with painted risers
Travisso
Travisso
Toll Brothers, Inc.
Staircase - staircase idea in Philadelphia
Modern farmhouse
Modern farmhouse
Susanne Kelley Design
Staircase - farmhouse wooden u-shaped open and mixed material railing staircase idea in New York
Steel and Glass Timber Loft
Steel and Glass Timber Loft
Rivetna Architects Inc
Tony May Photography
Mid-sized urban wooden straight open staircase photo in Chicago
Nature Inspired Two Story Foyer - Glenelg, MD
Nature Inspired Two Story Foyer - Glenelg, MD
Trish Albano Interiors
A close up photo showing the picture molding that was added throughout the entry. We used a gloss paint on the molding and walls to provide a cohesive sleek look. The geometric stair runner adds to the contemporary feel. Each stair tread was covered with carpet separately to align the pattern. Photo Credit:Tracey Brown-Paper Camera Additional photos at www.trishalbanointeriors.com
Homewood Renovation
Homewood Renovation
Krumdieck Architecture + Interiors
Rob Culpepper
Transitional staircase photo in Birmingham
Modern Farmhouse
Modern Farmhouse
Old Hillsboro Building Company
Inspiration for a mid-sized farmhouse wooden u-shaped metal railing staircase remodel in Nashville with painted risers
Interiors
Interiors
Cody Anderson Wasney Architects, Inc.
Eclectic staircase photo in San Francisco
Nantucket Staircase
Nantucket Staircase
Marine Home Center
Prestige Mills carpet - Clarence Stripe. Photo credit Terry Pommett
Example of a mid-sized beach style wooden l-shaped wood railing staircase design in Boston with painted risers
Colonial
Colonial
Lauren Gold Designs
Staircase - large traditional wooden curved wood railing staircase idea in New York with wooden risers
Beach Front 30A
Beach Front 30A
Coastal Elements Construction
Example of a large tuscan wooden l-shaped metal railing staircase design in Miami with painted risers
Grennan
Grennan
Ainslie-Davis Construction
Mark Woods
Staircase - mid-century modern wooden staircase idea in Seattle
Lake Retreat
Lake Retreat
Rebecca Driggs Interiors
Sean Costello
Beach style carpeted u-shaped cable railing staircase photo in Raleigh with carpeted risers
Coastal Style board and batten detail
Coastal Style board and batten detail
White Silo | Interior Design Studio
Lighting , Shades of Light
Small beach style l-shaped staircase photo in Other
Interior Cable
Interior Cable
RailPro of Oregon, Inc.
Inspiration for a mid-sized contemporary wooden u-shaped open staircase remodel in Portland
Cotswolds Abbey
Cotswolds Abbey
Jeffrey Dungan Architects
Example of an ornate staircase design in Birmingham
Contemporary meets Traditional
Contemporary meets Traditional
Matthies Builders
Inspiration for a large industrial wooden u-shaped metal railing staircase remodel in Chicago with painted risers

Staircases, often taken for granted as a link between two floors, are major architectural features that have the power to make an ordinary home spectacular. A staircase remodel can help define and showcase your personal style. By adding a staircase design with unique materials or updating an existing structure with new decor or a fresh wall color, you can easily change their overall look. Browse pictures of stairs and read further for more great ideas.

What stair design will work best for me?

When looking through residential staircase ideas, your top consideration should be space. Not every type fits in every home: A double-sided stair design only works in large entryways, so for a smaller space, you’ll need to opt for a straight, U- or L-shaped one instead. If you’re set on achieving the look of a grand entrance, try to work in a curved design that will really showcase the railings and any other unique features. For homes that are really compact, spiral staircase designs will be the most efficient in terms of horizontal space; while they may not be the easiest to climb, they do give a quirky and fun feel. After determining function and shape, you can then narrow down the large selection of staircase ideas by style and material to achieve the overall appearance you’re going for.

What are the best materials for staircases?

The look of your stairs should coordinate with the rest of your house, so don't try to mix two dramatically different styles, like traditional and modern. For the steps themselves, carpet and stone are popular traditional materials, while metal or floating wood steps are trendier options. The stair railings don’t usually get much love, but really are the perfect opportunity to let your creativity flow. While pairing two opposite styles is not recommended, subtling mixing up the rail and tread styles can make for a showstopping effect; for example, an industrial-style rail can help make wood treads contemporary, or an ornate metal railing can help enhance the mediterranean feel of stone treads. If you don’t want to commit to full-blown carpeting, stair runners are an easy way to mix up your style and protect the material underneath. In the end, even though appearance is important, you should first and foremost think about creating functional staircases. If you have young kids, an open railing or hard metal steps can become a safety hazard, while dogs and common household traffic might scratch up wood. If you’re absolutely in love with a few staircase ideas that might be less that ideal for your families needs, get creative and with faux-look materials and coordinate with your contractor or designer to find a compromise.

How do I incorporate stairway decor?

Stairway decorating ideas coincide a lot with hallway decor ideas — you want to add interest without interfering with the function of the stairs. Stick to photo frames and artwork with a slim profile so that you aren’t knocking into them while walking up and down the stairway. If you have a landing, you may want to add a small accent table or a potted plant to visually anchor the area, or feature a larger wall sculpture or piece of art. Gallery walls are excellent staircase decorating ideas since you’ll likely have a long stretch of space to work with, plus they’re a great way to finally display all those family photos or vacation snapshots. If you’re working on a new build or doing a full staircase remodel, you may want to include some shelving built into the walls for extra storage or display spots.


Whether you want inspiration for planning a staircase renovation or are building a designer staircase from scratch, Houzz has 332,680 images from the best designers, decorators, and architects in the country, including Rebecca Driggs Interiors and Matthies Builders. Look through staircase pictures in different colors and styles and when you find a staircase design that inspires you, save it to an Ideabook or contact the Pro who made it happen to see what kind of design ideas they have for your home. Explore the beautiful staircase photo gallery and find out exactly why Houzz is the best experience for home renovation and design.