Staircase Design Ideas

A staircase isn’t just a structural element that links two floors – it can also help define your style, make a statement, and turn your entryway into a grand entrance. There are a growing range of materials and staircase designs to cater to your personal style and the size of your space. Here are some quick tips to consider while browsing images of staircase designs on Houzz.

What type of staircase works best for me?


The first consideration when planning a stair design is space. A double-sided staircase, for instance, will only work in a large area; whereas an L-shaped staircase or straight staircase are more compact options. The next step in the stair design is deciding on a style. Elliptical or curved stairs offer elegance, while spiral stairs can appear more urban. If you want a contemporary design, floating stairs are a great way to circulate light.

What balustrade and handrail options are available?


Balustrades and handrails are important for safety but also allow you to get creative with your stair design. Many staircases are built up against a wall – if that’s the case, the wall itself can act as a balustrade; it will just need an attached handrail. Glass balustrades are great if you want to show off your staircase as an architectural feature, whereas a timber balustrade tends to be a more timeless option. Metal balustrades are versatile in that they can be industrial, elegant or quirky. Consider functionality, too, especially if you have kids. An open railing, for instance could become a safety hazard.

What type of material should I use for stair treads?


Timber stair treads are strong and timeless, but aren’t suited to those with indoor pets as they’ll show up scuffs. Carpeted or stone stair treads are more traditional options, whereas stainless steel and glass can be quite contemporary. Concrete stair treads are increasingly popular for those looking to create a sculptural masterpiece out of their staircase – just imagine the effect of floating concrete stairs, daringly cantilevered. Also consider using a combination of materials to create visual interest.
Eclectic wood spiral staircase in Brisbane.

Robyn Mill
Eclectic wood spiral staircase in Brisbane.
spiral stairs - kira_hunn

Photo of a contemporary wood u-shaped staircase in Brisbane.

Photo of a contemporary wood u-shaped staircase in Brisbane.
Maybe this darker color instead the light grey floor - webuser_87700657

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Design ideas for a modern staircase in Melbourne.

Visualisation - Flood Slicer
Design ideas for a modern staircase in Melbourne.

Design ideas for a contemporary wood l-shaped staircase in Sydney.

Design ideas for a contemporary wood l-shaped staircase in Sydney.
Stairs - pamandrod

Inspiration for a mid-sized industrial straight staircase in Perth.

Proper Photography
Inspiration for a mid-sized industrial straight staircase in Perth.
interesting choice of materials - pipdeveau

This is an example of a modern wood curved staircase in Sydney.

Photographer Luc Remond
This is an example of a modern wood curved staircase in Sydney.
Staircase Location: Rozelle, NSW Designer: Coso Architecture Features: This grand helical staircase blurs the lines between function and art. - stuie0007

Inspiration for a contemporary staircase in Sydney.

Julie Crespel Photography
Inspiration for a contemporary staircase in Sydney.
Stairs with support post in front - dadley1

Mid-sized contemporary wood straight staircase in Melbourne.

Tatjana Plitt
Mid-sized contemporary wood straight staircase in Melbourne.
the stairs are storage and not just stairs! - shelby_spencer6

Design ideas for a large industrial wood u-shaped staircase in Sydney.

Pouné Design’s latest residential project is located on the cliff side over looking Freshwater beach with potential 200 degree water views. A challenging project to create a home for a young growing family, with a brief to ensure maximum exposure to water views, maximum attainable heights and low impact to neighbouring views and privacy. Through tireless space planning and creative design using various conceptual and massing models, Pouné Design has created a preliminary design maximising the potential of this beautiful site while complying with the council guidelines using a complexity of split levels and cantilevers, rotated views and ingenious spacial layout. Design Team: Pouné Parsanejad, Felicity Wheeler & Arian Borzorg Photography: Brett Boardman, Adam Powell
The stairs against the panelled glass - scsideas

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Contemporary l-shaped staircase in Sydney.

Contemporary l-shaped staircase in Sydney.
incorporating book car and storage ✅ - demolitiondave

Design ideas for a contemporary wood floating staircase in Sydney.

Anson Smart
Design ideas for a contemporary wood floating staircase in Sydney.
Stunning idea - helenrodrigues

Photo of a contemporary staircase in Melbourne.

Photography by Tom Roe
Photo of a contemporary staircase in Melbourne.
Colour way, mixed materials, lighting, glass - webuser_658348802

Large contemporary metal straight staircase in Melbourne.

The use of see-through corten stairs, blackbutt timber battens and frameless glass gives the space a sense of connection to beyond and warmth. Photo: Shannon McGrath
I like the simplicity and light and colours - camilla_batchelor

Inspiration for an industrial wood u-shaped staircase in Sydney.

Brett Boardman Photograpphy
Inspiration for an industrial wood u-shaped staircase in Sydney.
stairs little space industrial feel - u1036689

This is an example of a contemporary wood staircase.

This is an example of a contemporary wood staircase.

Inspiration for a contemporary wood straight staircase in Melbourne.

Gray tiled floors create a light relief against the dark walls. Painting the architraves, skirting boards & internal doors the same colour as the walls keeps the lines 'clean' and not 'fussy'. The timber is accentuated against the darker colours and the open risers allows much needed natural light to flood into the space. Phtographer - Jessie May
Moody Timber Staircase with Feature Slat Wall - laurashawhhcc

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Inspiration for a large modern wood straight staircase in Melbourne.

Photo: Tatjana Plitt
Inspiration for a large modern wood straight staircase in Melbourne.
Use of wood panelling and light bulbs - melissa_lee46

Photo of a large contemporary carpeted l-shaped staircase in Melbourne.

Tatjana Plitt
Photo of a large contemporary carpeted l-shaped staircase in Melbourne.
entire space - jessica_scott65