Staircase ideas and designs
The staircase is usually the first thing you see when you enter a house or maisonette, so take the time to make it a real focal point, with our inspiring ideas for staircase design.
Whether you are replacing or installing a new staircase, or just want to jazz up an existing staircase with some colour, it’s worth thinking about how you and your family use it before you start as this may help you decide if it can work harder for you.
For example, if you tend to pile stuff on the lower treads, you may want to incorporate some extra storage into the staircase, perhaps by fitting understairs cupboards or shelves which you can hide with doors or leave on show for a more relaxed look.
If money is no object, you can go the whole hog and commission a striking glass staircase which is a great way to allow light to get to all floors in a dark house but requires a high level of maintenance. A spiral staircase is always arresting and a great way to gain access to upper levels in a tight space and are now available in all manner of materials and finishes.
Perhaps the easiest way to make a statement with your staircase is to get creative with hallway wallpaper, paint and textiles. Paint the risers in a descending or ascending rainbow of colours, stick on decorative tiles for instant impact, use wallpaper or old maps to add interest to each tread or paint the whole shebang in a favourite colour. You could paint the spindles and bannister rail to suit your fancy and position wall stickers up the staircase walls or on the facing walls on each half landing.
Make use of every available inch and create a useful storage solution under the stairs. These bespoke shelves are divided into cubes – perfect for displaying mementoes.
For similar try Project Orange
Incorporate a show-stopping glass staircase as a focal point in your home. This is also a fantastic solution for maximising natural light and creating an airy, spacious feel.
For similar try The Glass Company
Make a feature out of your staircase with unusual details. These mirrored mosaics add definite glamour and wow-factor, and help illuminate the space by bouncing light.
Mirror mosiac tiles
Walls And Floors
Give your hallway hits of colour by adding some colourful rugs to your staircase. Keep walls pristine white to accentuate the look.
For similartry IKEA
Take up minimal floor space by commissioning a bespoke, alternative-tread staircase. Building regulations for stairs can be quite strict, but a clever designer could help you squeeze a staircase along these lines into a small area. This version is neatly tucked away behind closed doors.
Alternative tread stairs
Kloepping TSS can produce a similar bespoke design for around £4,500.
Give your staircase an instant update with a set of simple stencils, a tester pot of paint, and a steady hand.
The Stencil Library has a large selection of lettering and numerical stencils in a variety of different fonts.
Update a classic Victorian hallway with a daring runner in animal print set off against white stairs.
Animal print runner
For similar try Stair Runners
Spiral staircases are not only great space-savers, they can make an interesting design feature, and become a real statement when placed in the middle of the room.
A glass screen is a good option for stairs leading into a basement where light is at a premium. Toughened glass balustrades are the modern solution to retaining views while providing security and safety for staircases.
For similar try Metropolitan Glass
Whatever you decide to do, a revamped staircase will take centrestage and give you a boost every time you use it.