Modern staircases: 8 ways to make an impact

Whether you live in a period or contemporary home, a striking staircase will hit all the right notes

Modern staircases suit all types of homes. A floating glass staircase can look great in a tradtional stone-built farmhouse, while a set of grand curved stairs can add wow factor to a sleek new-build. Either way, it’s time to let your stairs do the talking….

In this classic farmhouse, oak open-tread stairs reference the age of the building and add a mellow feel, while a simple metal banister and balustrades keep the look clean and pared-back.

A sleek glass-and-wood look suits a modern home too, seen here in this staircase by Bisca. A bold shot of colour, like these striking orange pendants and wall treatment, will lift the look.

Contemporary staircases also work well when paired with exposed brick. Here a glass balustrade enhances the look, showing off the brickwork rather than competing with it. A striped runner from Roger Oates adds a touch of warmth.

At the other end of the scale, this curved staircase is a statement piece in its own right. The combination of dark treads and a metal banister injects monochrome chic into this grown-up scheme.

A modern staircase can be a great portal for rich colours too. In this case, a white painted staircase is layered with dark wood and topped with a deep plum runner to create a beautifully textured look. The treads are complemented by a simple border running around the floor’s edge.

A combination of different glass also creates a contemporary look. Here, clear glass combined with frosted produces a sleek result with a touch of warmth. Metal helps to add texture.

Even a traditional, narrow staircase can benefit from a modern touch by paring the look back. This staircase has been stripped of the usual balustrades and painted white. A vibrant runner adds an instant update.

A rustic approach bridges the gap between contemporary and traditional. In this case, a light, untreated oak carries through from the flooring to the treads, while glass adds a modern touch. Combined with simple bulb pendants, it creates an up-to-the-minute but soft look.

Like these ideas? Find more decorating tips at 25 Beautiful Homes.

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