Staircase Design Ideas

Modern Retro Home
Modern Retro Home
Intrim Group Pty Ltd
Photo of a midcentury wood l-shaped staircase in Newcastle - Maitland with metal railing.
Brickworks Inspiration
Brickworks Inspiration
Brickworks Building Products
Industrial metal spiral staircase in Sydney with metal risers and metal railing.
Great Ocean Road Residence
Great Ocean Road Residence
Dylan Barber Building Design
Builder: Eco Sure Building - Photographer: Nikole Ramsay - Stylist: Emma O'Meara
Photo of a mid-sized contemporary wood u-shaped staircase in Other with metal railing.
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.
Woolwich House
Woolwich House
Hollier Studio
Design ideas for an u-shaped staircase in Sydney with open risers.
Empire
Empire
Spencer Constructions (QLD) Pty Ltd
Scandinavian staircase in Brisbane.
Mixed Use House
Mixed Use House
Matt Gibson Architecture + Design
Shannon McGrath
Photo of a contemporary straight staircase in Melbourne with open risers and metal railing.
Preston New House
Preston New House
Rebecca Naughtin Architect
Tatjana Plitt
Photo of a large contemporary carpeted l-shaped staircase in Melbourne with carpet risers and wood railing.
Simpson
Simpson
Carland Constructions
Statement entrance and landing for second story extension by Carland Constructions.
Photo of a scandinavian carpeted staircase in Melbourne with panelled walls.
Camberwell
Camberwell
Englehart Homes
Large transitional wood curved staircase in Melbourne with wood risers and metal railing.
Coolum Residence
Coolum Residence
Seachange Builders
Inspiration for a mid-sized beach style curved staircase in Sunshine Coast.
GILGANDRA - New Home
GILGANDRA - New Home
Big House Little House
Design ideas for a contemporary staircase in Brisbane.
Beach House at Avoca Beach by Architecture Saville Isaacs
Beach House at Avoca Beach by Architecture Saville Isaacs
Architecture Saville Isaacs
Internal - Floating Staircase Beach House at Avoca Beach by Architecture Saville Isaacs Project Summary Architecture Saville Isaacs https://www.architecturesavilleisaacs.com.au/ The core idea of people living and engaging with place is an underlying principle of our practice, given expression in the manner in which this home engages with the exterior, not in a general expansive nod to view, but in a varied and intimate manner. The interpretation of experiencing life at the beach in all its forms has been manifested in tangible spaces and places through the design of pavilions, courtyards and outdoor rooms. Architecture Saville Isaacs https://www.architecturesavilleisaacs.com.au/ A progression of pavilions and courtyards are strung off a circulation spine/breezeway, from street to beach: entry/car court; grassed west courtyard (existing tree); games pavilion; sand+fire courtyard (=sheltered heart); living pavilion; operable verandah; beach. The interiors reinforce architectural design principles and place-making, allowing every space to be utilised to its optimum. There is no differentiation between architecture and interiors: Interior becomes exterior, joinery becomes space modulator, materials become textural art brought to life by the sun.   Project Description Architecture Saville Isaacs https://www.architecturesavilleisaacs.com.au/ The core idea of people living and engaging with place is an underlying principle of our practice, given expression in the manner in which this home engages with the exterior, not in a general expansive nod to view, but in a varied and intimate manner. The house is designed to maximise the spectacular Avoca beachfront location with a variety of indoor and outdoor rooms in which to experience different aspects of beachside living. Client brief: home to accommodate a small family yet expandable to accommodate multiple guest configurations, varying levels of privacy, scale and interaction. A home which responds to its environment both functionally and aesthetically, with a preference for raw, natural and robust materials. Maximise connection – visual and physical – to beach. The response was a series of operable spaces relating in succession, maintaining focus/connection, to the beach. The public spaces have been designed as series of indoor/outdoor pavilions. Courtyards treated as outdoor rooms, creating ambiguity and blurring the distinction between inside and out. A progression of pavilions and courtyards are strung off circulation spine/breezeway, from street to beach: entry/car court; grassed west courtyard (existing tree); games pavilion; sand+fire courtyard (=sheltered heart); living pavilion; operable verandah; beach. Verandah is final transition space to beach: enclosable in winter; completely open in summer. This project seeks to demonstrates that focusing on the interrelationship with the surrounding environment, the volumetric quality and light enhanced sculpted open spaces, as well as the tactile quality of the materials, there is no need to showcase expensive finishes and create aesthetic gymnastics. The design avoids fashion and instead works with the timeless elements of materiality, space, volume and light, seeking to achieve a sense of calm, peace and tranquillity. Architecture Saville Isaacs https://www.architecturesavilleisaacs.com.au/ Focus is on the tactile quality of the materials: a consistent palette of concrete, raw recycled grey ironbark, steel and natural stone. Materials selections are raw, robust, low maintenance and recyclable. Light, natural and artificial, is used to sculpt the space and accentuate textural qualities of materials. Passive climatic design strategies (orientation, winter solar penetration, screening/shading, thermal mass and cross ventilation) result in stable indoor temperatures, requiring minimal use of heating and cooling. Architecture Saville Isaacs https://www.architecturesavilleisaacs.com.au/ Accommodation is naturally ventilated by eastern sea breezes, but sheltered from harsh afternoon winds. Both bore and rainwater are harvested for reuse. Low VOC and non-toxic materials and finishes, hydronic floor heating and ventilation ensure a healthy indoor environment. Project was the outcome of extensive collaboration with client, specialist consultants (including coastal erosion) and the builder. The interpretation of experiencing life by the sea in all its forms has been manifested in tangible spaces and places through the design of the pavilions, courtyards and outdoor rooms. The interior design has been an extension of the architectural intent, reinforcing architectural design principles and place-making, allowing every space to be utilised to its optimum capacity. There is no differentiation between architecture and interiors: Interior becomes exterior, joinery becomes space modulator, materials become textural art brought to life by the sun. Architecture Saville Isaacs https://www.architecturesavilleisaacs.com.au/ https://www.architecturesavilleisaacs.com.au/
The Russet House
The Russet House
Graya Construction
Contemporary wood straight staircase in Brisbane with wood risers and glass railing.
Luxe 437
Luxe 437
ArdenHomes
Design ideas for a contemporary staircase in Melbourne.
BENJAMIN ROAD
BENJAMIN ROAD
South Coast Building Design
By employing timber in-steps to these concrete steps, the functional steps are transformed into a feature.
This is an example of a small contemporary concrete l-shaped staircase in Wollongong with concrete risers and glass railing.
Greenhills Beach
Greenhills Beach
Clinton Built Pty Ltd
This is an example of a contemporary wood u-shaped staircase in Sydney with glass railing and open risers.
Clement
Clement
Weststyle
Design ideas for a contemporary wood straight staircase in Perth with open risers and metal railing.
Beaumaris Residence
Beaumaris Residence
STUDIOMINT Architecture & Interiors
Design ideas for a mid-sized contemporary wood floating staircase in Melbourne with wood railing and open risers.
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.
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 334,049 images from the best designers, decorators, and architects in the country, including ArdenHomes and Rebecca Naughtin Architect. 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.