Staircase Design Ideas

Minnippi Parklands House
Minnippi Parklands House
GreenCoast Building Design
This is an example of a contemporary staircase in Brisbane.
BDAA National Design Awards 2019 - James Hardie Industry Partner Award
BDAA National Design Awards 2019 - James Hardie Industry Partner Award
Building Designers Association of Australia
Located on a heritage-lined street in Melbourne’s Williamstown, a young family were seeking a contemporary home with ample room to grow. Benni Trajcevski of Achieve Design Group answered their call, creating the epitome of modern living concealed behind a modest façade. To achieve the long wish list including large indoor and outdoor gathering spaces to entertain family and friends, separate adult and children living and sleeping zones, and a pool suitable for year-round use, Benni has maximised every inch of the block. Seamless transitional spaces link inside with out. This flow between the indoors and outdoors is a key feature of the home, achieved through generous open floor planning and glazing. For example, large hidden sliding doors allow the pool to be closed-off for use in winter; acrylic glass panels link the pool with the sunken lounge, which includes a fire pit for year-round comfort. The inclusion of a courtyard and voids throughout create separate useable zones while maintaining the feeling of spaciousness. Orientated to the north and surrounded with floor to ceiling windows to optimise natural light, the courtyard divides the formal lounge area with the informal living area, while the first floor is divided into four separate wings for privacy and functionality. The interiors are detailed with quality materials and finishes to achieve a sleek and sophisticated aesthetic. Contrasting materials in muted tones, including tiles, steel and lightweight timbers are featured throughout. Corian and a moss green wall are unexpected features.
Yungaba House
Yungaba House
Dani Louis Design
Design ideas for a mid-sized modern wood curved staircase in Brisbane with wood risers and mixed railing.
Wyndham Beach House
Wyndham Beach House
Sky Architect Studio
The main internal feature of the house, the design of the floating staircase involved extensive days working together with a structural engineer to refine so that each solid timber stair tread sat perfectly in between long vertical timber battens without the need for stair stringers. This unique staircase was intended to give a feeling of lightness to complement the floating facade and continuous flow of internal spaces. The warm timber of the staircase continues throughout the refined, minimalist interiors, with extensive use for flooring, kitchen cabinetry and ceiling, combined with luxurious marble in the bathrooms and wrapping the high-ceilinged main bedroom in plywood panels with 10mm express joints.
Elsternwick
Elsternwick
Modscape
This is an example of a contemporary staircase in Melbourne.
Sorrento
Sorrento
DB Build
Inspiration for a contemporary staircase in Gold Coast - Tweed.
The Old Vicarage
The Old Vicarage
Keeley Green Interior Design
This is an example of a transitional concrete spiral staircase in Brisbane with concrete risers and mixed railing.
Architectural Shoots
Architectural Shoots
Andrew Paranavitana Photography
Photo of an industrial staircase in Melbourne.
Camberwell
Camberwell
Englehart Homes
Large transitional wood curved staircase in Melbourne with wood risers and metal railing.
Coppin Street
Coppin Street
S&A Stairs
A modern form that plays on the space and features within this Coppin Street residence. Black steel treads and balustrade are complimented with a handmade European Oak handrail. Complete with a bold European Oak feature steps.
Pattern Cottage
Pattern Cottage
Kitty Lee Architecture
Photo of a small scandinavian carpeted l-shaped staircase in Sydney with carpet risers and metal railing.
Camberwell Project 2
Camberwell Project 2
TLC Interiors
This is an example of a contemporary staircase in Melbourne.
Burgess House - Atkinson Pontifex
Burgess House - Atkinson Pontifex
Digital Photography Inhouse
Photography: Gerard Warrener, DPI Photography for Atkinson Pontifex. Design, construction and landscaping: Atkinson Pontifex
Mid-sized contemporary wood l-shaped staircase in Melbourne with open risers and glass railing.
Rodd Point Resisence
Rodd Point Resisence
onefour interiors
Large contemporary wood u-shaped staircase in Sydney with wood risers and glass railing.
Calafornian bungalow with a modern twist
Calafornian bungalow with a modern twist
Kube Constructions
Photo of a beach style staircase in Melbourne.
Homage to Oscar - The Heritage of Modernism
Homage to Oscar - The Heritage of Modernism
Luigi Rosselli Architects
Inspiration for a modern curved staircase in Sydney with open risers and mixed railing.
Zuster House
Zuster House
Bijl Architecture
Photo of a transitional wood staircase in Sydney with wood risers and decorative wall panelling.
Boulevard House
Boulevard House
Green Sheep Collective
Expansive contemporary wood straight staircase in Melbourne with wood risers and glass railing.
South Fremantle Renovation Extension
South Fremantle Renovation Extension
Putragraphy
Inspiration for a contemporary staircase in Perth.
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.

Whether you want inspiration for planning a staircase renovation or are building a designer staircase from scratch, Houzz has 341,354 images from the best designers, decorators, and architects in the country, including Englehart Homes and TLC Interiors. Look through staircase photos in different colours 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 ideas photo gallery and find out exactly why Houzz is the best experience for home renovation and design.