Distinctive Staircase Ideas

An artful staircase can be the architectural centerpiece of your home. Add drama and majesty to your own grand entrance with these distinctive ideas.

Stairway Balustrade

This self-supporting staircase features scrollwork balusters often seen in 1920s mansions. It has just the right amount of curve that will attract the eye.

Twisting Stairwell

The tricky part of building a twisting stairwell isn't the steps--it's the underside. The smooth underside of this staircase seems to spiral upward in unison with the steps and railing as effortlessly as a ballet dancer gliding into a pirouette.

Glass Stairway Wall

The glass stairway wall seen here allows light from the skylights to flow to the main level.

Contemporary Staircase

This staircase--made of steel, architectural glass, and travertine--unites the home's three levels. Its angular dimensions convey a modern look.

Open Stairway

Mesh panels on this staircase conform to safety code while maintaining a transparent quality.

Custom Railing

A menagerie of sea creatures rides the graceful swell of this custom-made iron balustrade. Twisted balusters alternate with those supporting crown-shape flourishes.

Double Staircase

A distinctive, double staircase rises on both sides of this home's front door. Large pebbles set into concrete create a decorative floor surface in the foyer.

Stacked Steps

Although this floating staircase appears to lack support, it's actually a strong, stable design. Each step was built as an individual box, and then the steps were stacked and joined together.

Cantilevered Stairway

This daringly cantilevered stairway climbs to the highest levels of craftsmanship. Shadows on the wall repeat the visual rhythm of its stunning balustrade.

Organic Curves

The smooth curve of this dark, wood staircase is reflected by organic shapes in the custom railing.

Stainless Steel Stairway

This magnificent stainless steel, glass, and plaster staircase winds through three floors.

Spiral Staircase

A tight spiral staircase adds an artful twist to this home. Straight lines often abound in spare, contemporary interiors, so look for places to add a circular element.

Open Stairs

This contemporary stairway features cantilevered travertine marble steps and a clean-lined glass-and-metal handrail.

Sweeping Stairwell

The curving staircase seen here is a quintessentially Southern touch. It cuts a regal swath as it sweeps from the open entrance hall to the upper level.

Playful Steps

A playful animal-print runner lends a dash of whimsy to this sinuous formal staircase.

Stairway Curves

The smooth curve of this stairway connects the home's three levels, and the stairwell widens as it meets the main level. The curve of the stairway and its railings is contrasted by the straight lines of the balusters.

Geometric Detail

The ziggurat-like ascent of these dark wooden stairs against the white of the wall and the stair framing adds dramatic appeal.

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