Staircase Design Ideas

Blue House Yarraville
Blue House Yarraville
Circle Studio Architects
New stairwell lets inflight to an existing weatherboard residence
Inspiration for a scandinavian staircase in Melbourne.
Perfect Storm
Perfect Storm
Green Anvil Co.
Design ideas for an industrial staircase in Sydney.
Aberfeldie
Aberfeldie
Englehart Homes
Photo of a contemporary staircase in Melbourne.
Zuttion Avenue
Zuttion Avenue
Cedar Designs
This is an example of a contemporary staircase in Sydney.
Brickworks Inspiration
Brickworks Inspiration
Brickworks Building Products
Inspiration for an industrial straight staircase in Sydney with open risers and metal railing.
MERTHYR - Renovation
MERTHYR - Renovation
Big House Little House
Inspiration for a contemporary staircase in Brisbane.
Collaroy House 01
Collaroy House 01
mm+j architects
Design ideas for a beach style staircase in Sydney.
Willoughby Extension 3,.
Willoughby Extension 3,.
Dieppe Design
Mid-sized contemporary wood straight staircase in Sydney with glass railing and open risers.
First Avenue Palm Beach
First Avenue Palm Beach
Veraniece Construction Corp
Photo of a beach style wood floating staircase in Gold Coast - Tweed with open risers.
Moore Street Clontarf
Moore Street Clontarf
Lifestyle Home Designs
Photo of a contemporary u-shaped staircase in Sydney with open risers.
Home Sweet Home - Seven Hills Project
Home Sweet Home - Seven Hills Project
Rylo Co
The custom cut stringer stair case is finished perfectly with custom iron balustrade. The black accents and iron detailing is referenced throughout the home in door hardware, cabinetry hardware and lighitng.
Architectural Shoots
Architectural Shoots
Andrew Paranavitana Photography
Photo of an industrial staircase in Melbourne.
Shipping Container Home - Kialla
Shipping Container Home - Kialla
JMB Modular Buildings
Industrial metal staircase in Other with metal risers and glass railing.
Halo House
Halo House
Breathe Architecture
Photo of a scandinavian wood u-shaped staircase in Melbourne with wood risers.
Balmoral Residence
Balmoral Residence
Interiors by Maz
The tired wooden staircase was updated by painting the stairs and risers and replacing the balustrade with a more modern glass pne.
Mid-sized contemporary painted wood straight staircase in Brisbane with painted wood risers and metal railing.
Izvor House
Izvor House
Michael Cardinale Architect
Contemporary staircase in Perth.
Zuster House
Zuster House
Bijl Architecture
Photo of a transitional wood staircase in Sydney with wood risers and decorative wall panelling.
White Street
White Street
Daniela Fulford Photography
Contemporary staircase in Melbourne.
Darlinghurst Terrace
Darlinghurst Terrace
TomMarkHenry
Photography: Pablo Veiga, Styling: Claire Delmar
Photo of a contemporary wood curved staircase in Sydney with wood risers and glass railing.
Angle House by MegaFlora Group
Angle House by MegaFlora Group
Anne Stroud Photography
Photo of a midcentury staircase in Canberra - Queanbeyan.
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 337,409 images from the best designers, decorators, and architects in the country, including Rylo Co and mm+j architects. 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.