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

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

Eclectic wood spiral staircase in Brisbane.

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

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Design ideas for a contemporary wood straight staircase in Sydney.

Pilcher Residential
Design ideas for a contemporary wood straight staircase in Sydney.
Don't like the wooden bannister. - webuser_343663543

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

Julie Crespel
Design ideas for a transitional wood l-shaped staircase in Sydney.

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

Nicole England
This is an example of a contemporary wood curved staircase in Sydney.
Bookshelf to conceal staircase - jenny1276

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

Matthew Mallett Photography
Photo of a contemporary wood l-shaped staircase in Melbourne.
Great staircase with lights and flooring - webuser_648761193

Inspiration for a contemporary wood straight staircase in Melbourne.

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Inspiration for a contemporary wood straight staircase in Melbourne.
Cabinets under stairs to make use of space plus could be made into walk in fridge. - katrinca50

Photo of a contemporary wood u-shaped staircase in Sunshine Coast.

Paul Smith
Photo of a contemporary wood u-shaped staircase in Sunshine Coast.
Fancy - but looks like a concert hall - blair_campbell99

Photo of a transitional wood curved staircase in Sydney.

The internal stair of the penthouse needs to compete with a lift, and so provides and pleasurable and senusual ascension to the upper living spaces. Placed between the old and new parts of the building it forms a vertical and horizontal connection. © Justin Alexander
The swept staircase gives a grand feeling but it also looks modern. - webuser_216811775

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

Michael Lassman
This is an example of a contemporary wood curved staircase in Sydney.
The nice sweep of the stairs while keeping it modern with the clean lines and added storage. - webuser_216811775

Photo of a contemporary staircase in Sydney.

Photo of a contemporary staircase in Sydney.
Open with centre black but no glass - laurao6

Contemporary wood u-shaped staircase in Brisbane.

Contemporary wood u-shaped staircase in Brisbane.
staircase style and possible dimensions - cliveleekim

Inspiration for a contemporary wood straight staircase in Melbourne.

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Consider balustrade and see wall cladding and cupboards Re mudroom - helenrodrigues

Inspiration for a large tropical wood staircase in Sydney.

Anthea Williamson
Inspiration for a large tropical wood staircase in Sydney.
Glass panel for the side of stairs - swchao8

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

Mid-sized traditional wood staircase in Melbourne.

Shannon McGrath
Mid-sized traditional wood staircase in Melbourne.
I like the contrast of the white / dark wood for the stairs - maybe have dark wood floors in our house? - carly_hudson84

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Design ideas for an industrial concrete straight staircase in Perth.

Design ideas for an industrial concrete straight staircase in Perth.
pooished concrete - jonathon_cecco

Inspiration for a large contemporary carpeted curved staircase in Melbourne.

Vince Pedulla
Inspiration for a large contemporary carpeted curved staircase in Melbourne.
Now this is the type of thing I would love - but probably a bit too much for us. - blair_campbell99