Dream Staircases

The kind of staircase I like is one that is elegant, falling from the ceiling like a ribbon cascading to the ground. Not clunky, asserting its presence – but brilliantly designed so you feel all the more lighter as you alight.

Like the flick of the brush this beautiful staircase makes the room.

statement staircase in flowing black lines

A pool of light is revealed as the curvaceous wooden staircase cuts out the floor. I love how it follows through underneath.

wooden curvy staircase

This feels very architectural, perhaps not elegant but certainly refined. The white steps stretch to the sides creating a perfect perching patch.

black and white stairs in slabs

A delightfully minimal hand rail flawlessly twists into the ground.

Black metal hand rail elegantly bent

Old school charm! Wonderfully wide for those gigantic skirts, this staircase transitions from wood to stone effortlessly. 

French feeling staircase in wood, metal and stone

A rhythmic staircase with a linear balustrade. There is something quite nautical about the black tripes. Perhaps it is their uniform nature, beautifully done.   

 Modern interior with beautifully elegant staircase

Black white and gold stair case with contemporary room divide in glass and black metal

We have an Egyptian feel next with these stone steps. Spacious and gently rising out of the ground, the smooth sides allow the light to bounce. 

white walls and stairs rise to an open space

A nod to Art Deco, these stairs create a pleasing zig-zag just stopping short of the floor.

wood and black metal with glass stairs

Striking putty pink stairs reveal a cut-out handrail as they swirl down the wall. 

smooth stairs in a pinky natural hue

Pleasing shapes are created with this simple black metal handrail. 

Pleasing shapes are made in this black metal handrail with steps cut from stone

Strong concrete stairs make their presence known as they twist from the ceiling. 

concrete grand staircase in public space

A slight but beautiful enclosed staircase. I like the blonde wood and vertical thin white-washed strips that follow the curve. 

wood and white stairs flanked by vertical wooden strips

Ending with a note of monochrome, a confident staircase that breaks away from the wall has a playful feel.   

black and white room with gloss black stairs that come from the wall


Stairway to Heaven

So ok I live in a bungalow but if I had stairs I would consider these. Any and every space is up for grabs when it comes to creativity and I just love how these home makers have claimed back an often forgotten, or majorly dated space. See what you think.

So here is a cute dog on a gradient stairs – perfect.

Gradient painted blue stairs

Add some height with some black balustrades.

Black vertical height giving balustrades

Wallpaper is the thing, I love the retro theme here. Brilliantly eye-catching but with a restrained colour palette.

Wallpaper stairs in graphic patterns

The home of Kathryn Tyler was featured on Grand Designs, I love her stairs. Elegant and really useful.

Storage under the stairs

The graphic designer in me would love this! Pantone painted stairs.

Perfect for the graphic designer, Pantone Stairs

An update of the traditional carpet runner, painted grey stairs work rather well.

Grey striped painted stairs

What a dramatic entrance! Brilliantly layered colours and textures make this stairway quite a special place.

Dramatic stairway

Would you consider sprucing up your stairs with paint and paper? I’d love to hear.

10 of the Best Staircases

The statement piece of any well thought out home is the staircase. Some have banisters ideal for sliding down, others are ultra modern with floating glass that appear to defy gravity! Here are a few that have caught my eye:

Spiral Staircase
1) Beautifully smooth, spiralling like a helix. This staircase would complement both traditional and modern homes. Source.

Spiral Staircase
2) I admire the form of these stairs. I like how the ‘banister’ and steps are separate pieces, and the transition as you climb from dark to light. Source.

10th century well in Chand Baori, India
3) These stairs feel more like an installation than a practical solution, but thats what they were built for! These 3,500 narrow steps were created in the 10th century in Chand Baori, India for a water well. The idea being no matter what the level of water people could access it. Looks exhausting!! Source.

Quirky staircase design by Michaelis Boyd Associates
4) Race you to the bottom!! Brilliant stairs in this family home in England designed by Michaelis Boyd Associates. You would, wouldn’t you! Source.

Regal exterior staircase at Bahauddin Makbara Junagadh, India
5) Back to India, Bahauddin Makbara Junagadh, for a regal exterior staircase built to impress. Source.

Stairs in the home of Kathryn Tyler, Falmouth, England.
6) Do you watch Grand Designs (Channel 4)? This particular staircase was a favourite of mine, understated and practical but very beautiful. This is the home of Kathryn Tyler in Falmouth, England (where I studied!). Source.

Italian staircase design from Studiocata
7) An Italian designed staircase from Studiocata really embodies minimal. It cleverly incorporates a shelf and a desk. A great space saver if a little terrifying! Source.

Viewing platform by NEXT architects, Holland
8) This is a viewing platform, stairs to a view, and is in Holland. Designed by NEXT architects, I just love the curves and argricultural-looking finish. Source.

Musical piano stairs in Wulin Plaza, China.
9) This one is pure fun! Makes me think of Tom Hanks in Big!! These stairs make the appropriate musical notes when trod on, the idea is to encourage people to climb rather than take the escalator. The musical piano stairs are at Wulin Plaza, China. Source.

Rococo stairs at Electoral Palace, Trier, Germany by  Johannes Siez and Ferdinand Tietz
10) Our final staircase is beautiful in its opulence, one where every step you would pause and ponder. These are the Rococo stairs at Electoral Palace, Trier, Germany. Created by artists Johannes Siez and Ferdinand Tietz in 1756. Source.

Article contributed by Emma Julian, a graphic designer from Pickle Design who curates her blog, Design Debate.