If you’re old enough to remember the 80’s runaway TV hit Dynasty, then you cannot help but to recall the luxurious double helix staircase on the show. It’s the stuff that makes you have visions of your daughter walking down the stairs on prom day or her wedding day, even if you don’t have a daughter.
The bad news is that we can’t all have Dynasty or even The Real Housewives of New Jersey staircases, but the good news is that we can still have incredible staircases, provided you have a staircase to begin with. The most important thing to remember about staircases is that whether you are looking to purchase a new home or upgrade your current home, they should always wow you when you open the front door.
Period Style or the Design Style
Just like any feature of a home, the stairs should be consistent with the period style or the design style of the home. In other words, if the home is traditional, then the stairs should have a traditional but elegant feel to them. If the design style of the home is more on the industrial side, then the expectations of the stairs are going to be completely different. The general rule of thumb is that while the stairs should stand out, but they shouldn’t deviate from the overall design plan of the home either.
Whether we think about it or not, staircases have a lasting impression. They can instantly draw us to a home if they have a memorable quality to them or they can just as easily turn us off if they seem dark and uninviting. Is your staircase making the right first impression? If not, here are some ideas on how to upgrade this prominent feature in our homes.
This white, bright and open staircase is clad in shiplap, which is a feature that is popular with farmhouse, rustic, cottage, contemporary or coastal homes. If your home fits the bill, the iron balusters juxtaposed against the white shiplap would make for an amazing first impression.
What I love the most about this staircase is how unique it is. The mosaic tiles on the risers instantly scream coastal or beachy and they work because the blues and the patterns are consistent with the theme. This type of staircase is extremely personalized so I would only do something this impactful if the strategy is to stay in the home long term.
This staircase is circular and reads much more traditional because of the iron work and the use of natural stone on the treads and risers. The iron scroll work also makes the stairs look like a piece of art and blends effortlessly with the console at the bottom of the steps.
The very linear iron railing on this staircase is consistent with an industrial, modern or contemporary type of home. It has clean lines, but it still feels quite open and inviting.
The best part of these stairs is that they do not take up a lot of visual space because of the glass railing. They also allow you to take in the beautiful scenery outdoors and they would work well in a minimalistic or modern interior. The wooden border is a wonderful way to tie in the wooden steps to the overall design of the stairs.
Choosing which staircase appeals to you the most is the fun part of designing your spaces. Ultimately, no matter what railing system or materials you go with, the rest of the spaces will dictate which type of staircase you end up with.