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.
Photo of a large transitional curved staircase.

Luxurious. Sophisticated. Elegant. Timeless. The architectural design and use of black and white bring a jaw dropping drama to this home. The modern minimalism blended with classic Georgian details creates a home that inspires. Intrim Mouldings provided CR12 and CR04 Chair Rail for the wainscoting wall panelling and SK115 profile timber skirting boards. Blainey North Architects created the concept for this beautiful home and SQ Projects brought it to life.
Ooh - fancy. A bit too stark, but kinda cool. - blair_campbell99

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

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Photo of a contemporary wood u-shaped staircase in Melbourne.
stairs with the wine seller - michael_boumelhem

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Photo of a contemporary wood l-shaped staircase in Sydney.

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light fittings and colour scheme - buchwaldcindy

Contemporary wood straight staircase in Brisbane.

Contemporary wood straight staircase in Brisbane.
ceiling height and stair configuration - katrinca50

Design ideas for a contemporary staircase in Sydney.

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Design ideas for a contemporary staircase in Sydney.
Internal steps to move entrance & create light. - bec_stephenson

Design ideas for a mid-sized contemporary wood staircase in Brisbane.

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Design ideas for a mid-sized contemporary wood staircase in Brisbane.
Live the drawers under the stairs - lizavollmer

Inspiration for a contemporary staircase in Sydney.

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

Design ideas for a large contemporary wood spiral staircase in Perth.

Staircase with glass and metal balustrade. D Max Photography
Design ideas for a large contemporary wood spiral staircase in Perth.
Good idea to soften steps inside - margo_mitchell

Inspiration for a large contemporary wood l-shaped staircase in Melbourne.

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Inspiration for a large contemporary wood l-shaped staircase in Melbourne.
Blond looks amazing in a light summery home - clipsalau

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This is an example of a contemporary wood straight staircase in Perth.

This is an example of a contemporary wood straight staircase in Perth.
Good idea of what it may look like - helenrodrigues

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

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Photo of a contemporary wood u-shaped staircase in Melbourne.
If created in current kitchen area - seasonsbazaar

This is an example of a contemporary straight staircase in Sydney.

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This is an example of a contemporary straight staircase in Sydney.
under stairs devorations/small garden - webuser_392795391

This is an example of a large contemporary wood u-shaped staircase in Melbourne.

This is an example of a large contemporary wood u-shaped staircase in Melbourne.
Poss way to make side of low steps more interesting. - webuser_194417874

This is an example of a contemporary wood straight staircase in Sydney.

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This is an example of a contemporary wood straight staircase in Sydney.
this could work - carmel_raju

Design ideas for an industrial metal straight staircase in Melbourne.

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Design ideas for an industrial metal straight staircase in Melbourne.
stairs. breeze. light...but still prvte - robaldo

Photo of a mid-sized contemporary wood l-shaped staircase in Sydney.

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Photo of a mid-sized contemporary wood l-shaped staircase in Sydney.
I like the open staircase as it doesn't crowd the downstairs area as much as a closed staircase would. - maryanncealahhughes

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Inspiration for a contemporary curved staircase in Melbourne.

Inspiration for a contemporary curved staircase in Melbourne.
Beautiful staircase - ornella1

Small contemporary wood u-shaped staircase in Melbourne.

The kitchen becomes another furniture piece morphing to become the stair and divides the dining and lounge. The void above is open the the study landing maintaining a connection between the floor levels. Image by: Jack Lovel Photography
Like the thin stainless steel. - orient53