Flights of Fancy: 40 Design Options for Your Custom Stairs

Your home’s unique style starts on the ground. Beautiful hardwood flooring, carpets, or tiles can set the stage in every room for your furniture, built-ins, and home decor items. If you have a multi-level home, you can also explore some intriguing options for custom flooring and stairs. Don’t think of your stairways as neutral, functional spaces for going up and down. If you need help visualizing the right staircase for you, here are three design approaches you can take to the custom construction and installation of your stairs. And if you already know exactly what you want, post the details of your dream staircase on Comment and artisans interested in your project will contact you.

There is no shortage of stairway design ideas to make your custom stair a charming part of your home. From grand staircases and warm traditional styles to contemporary and industrial.

The most important thing to remember is that custom stair are not just conduits between different areas of the house. They also play an important role in setting the feel and look of your home. A well-designed stairway can transport a contemporary living room back to the Victorian era or create a warm welcome at the entryway.

So, as you focus on the functional parts, do not forget the décor and aesthetics. We have a few stairway design ideas to make your boring stairway come to life. Learn how to use railings, carpeting, lighting, and color to create a unique style.

 

The Floor

Taking up the largest surface areas, the floor of the stairs set the look of your stairway. There are various style options depending on your budget, the level of maintenance you are looking for and your décor preferences. Here are a few stairway ideas for the floor to get you started.

Carpeting

Carpeting gives the stairway and extra dose of warmth and coziness. It can also help in reducing noise when people are going up and down. If you have kids, carpeting acts as an extra safety feature in case they fall. Two main carpet ideas to choose from: full carpeting or stair runners.

Full carpeting – covers every inch of the stairway floor. It comes in handy if the stair flooring is not too appealing. If your stairs have a bit of wear and you don’t want to do a full remodel, full carpeting will cover the aging. On the downside, a full carpet is harder and more expensive to install. Talk about the costs with your contractor before you begin.

Read  50 Modern Center Tables For Luxury Living Rooms

Carpet runners – leave the edges of the stairs visible. Runners are ideal when you don’t want to cover your beautiful stairway. Runners will add some warmth without hiding the flooring. Runners are easier and cheaper to install. If you are handy with home improvement projects you can even install the runner yourself. Most homeowners opt for patterned runners to add detail and texture to an otherwise neutral space. Find a unique pattern that blends in with the surrounding décor but still draws the eyes towards the staircase. You can also opt for neutral non-patterned carpeting if you want a plain minimalist style. This is also where you can add some interest with texture.

Hardwood

There is a certain beauty in plain hardwood that many homeowners have come to appreciate. So, if you don’t want even an inch of your staircase hidden from site, leave it as it is. One advantage of hardwood staircases is their ease of maintenance. You don’t have to worry about staining or trapped smells.

Tile

This is not as common, but it has its own sizable following. The tiles are attached to the riser not the tread. They can be faux tiles, which are easier to install, or actual tiles. Choose a nice vivid pattern that gives your stairs a bold look.

Painted Surfaces

If you don’t want to cover your stairway but don’t want to leave it plain either, try your hand at illusions. With some creativity and a pro’s help, you can transform your plain stairway into anything you want. One popular trick is to create a runner illusion. The stairs are painted such that they look like they have a carpet runner on them. You can also go full artsy and create a movie or nature scene on the stairway. This can be especially handy for long staircases as the art provides a distraction from the long journey up.

 

Spiral Stair Steps

spiral stair steps

Image Source: blog-static.custommade.com

Handcrafted landings, railings, newels, and finials are sure to be noticed whenever you and you guests climb your custom stairs. Functional elements that are normally quite anonymous have a chance to shine when you have to grip them or tread on them.

Spiral Staircase For Sale

spiral staircase for sale

Image Source: blog-static.custommade.com

Would you like to run up a waterfall? This 3-story spiral cast glass staircase for a private residence in Hawaii by Walter Gordinier Studios LLC was designed to create the sensation of wading in a stream. The texture of the glass steps exquisitely evokes light-dappled water and stones.

Read  40 Pedestal Sink and Storage Design Ideas

Circular Iron Stairs

circular iron stairs

Image Source: blog-static.custommade.com

Your flooring isn’t the only thing going up the stairs. Remember how exciting climbing a tree used to be? You can capture that spirit with this tree staircase by Metals & Nature. This lifelike tree structure seems to sprout out of the steps and forms the railing as it grows into the walls.

Wools of New Zealand

spiral staircase kit

Image Source: sebringdesignbuild.com

100% Laneve wood carpet runner by Crucial Trading.

Heritage Doors and Floors LTD

spiral staircase construction

Image Source: sebringdesignbuild.com

The solid American white oak stairs are fixed to the wall. The lights make them appear as if they are floating.

PARTY!

cost of circular staircase

Image Source: sebringdesignbuild.com

This staircase area is beyond unique. The custom-made lights by Jeff Goodman Studio add a wonderful burst of color and have a fun party balloon feel. The black balustrade is also very contemporary and unique.

LIGHTHOUSE

circular staircase

Image Source: sebringdesignbuild.com

The lighthouse newel post is a great custom feature in this beach style Boston home.

LET THERE BE LIGHT

affordable spiral staircase kits

Image Source: sebringdesignbuild.com

In order to get more light into the home, they had to design several features into this staircase area. They located the stairs along the south, glass railing, skylights and windows in the stairwell. They also used LED strip lighting within the carbonized bamboo stairs, landing and floors.

BEACH STYLE SPIRAL

custom spiral stairs

Image Source: sebringdesignbuild.com

Eye-catching aqua color and fun rope detail.

COLORFUL RUNNER

best spiral staircase

Image Source: sebringdesignbuild.com

Great inspiration for if you want to add a runner to your stairs.

TEAL TILE

metal spiral staircase

Image Source: sebringdesignbuild.com

A great Mediterranean style tile stairway idea.

GRAND STAIRCASE

spiral staircase blueprints

Image Source: sebringdesignbuild.com

Grand staircase and grand piano in this Nashville home. Exquisite details–stair handrail & carpet runner.

Curved Stairway

circular iron stairs

Image Source: sebringdesignbuild.com

Brazilian cherry stairway with free standing double helix with curved Starlight glass balustrade. A remarkable feature in this home.

Basket Iron

wrought iron spiral staircase for sale

Image Source: sebringdesignbuild.com

A great representation of a basket iron baluster and double basket iron balusters.

Turret Staircase

15 ft spiral staircase

Image Source: sebringdesignbuild.com

Stunning & warm detail within this staircase.

Rustic & Warm

15 ft spiral staircase

Image Source: sebringdesignbuild.com

Rustic and warm (& a little industrial) all in one.

Xoxo

metal spiral staircase

Image Source: sebringdesignbuild.com

This fun runner was designed for the DIY Network.

Colorful Tile

best spiral staircase

Image Source: sebringdesignbuild.com

No lack of color in this stairway.

Ca Mediterranean

circular iron stairs

Image Source: sebringdesignbuild.com

This staircase boasts beautiful tiles that complement the dark rich wood and metal railing in this San Diego Mediterranean ocean front home.

Colorful Stripes

wrought iron spiral staircase kit

Image Source: sebringdesignbuild.com

These painted steps definitely cheer up a basement space.

Lighted Gem

spiral staircase

Image Source: sebringdesignbuild.com

This staircase is accentuated by this cool lighting.

Paris Industrial

exterior wood spiral staircase kits

Image Source: sebringdesignbuild.com

Very industrial and a little intimidating.

Rich Mediterranean

circular staircase design

Image Source: sebringdesignbuild.com

This staircase feels so warm and luxurious due to the rich, deep dark colors chosen for the tile and treads. And the metal railing adds to all of this with its unique design.

Read  60 Smart and Cheap DIY Headboard Ideas Next Level Your Bedroom Design

The Blues

wrought iron spiral staircase for sale

Image Source: sebringdesignbuild.com

You can always paint the stairs and add a touch of whimsy with a feature color or colors–here we see alternating blues.

CONTEMPORARY COOL

home spiral staircase

Image Source: sebringdesignbuild.com

Love the weaved wall!

GRANDIOSE

custom spiral stairs

Image Source: sebringdesignbuild.com

This spiral staircase is so opulent and grand.

Elaborate

spiral staircase kit

Image Source: sebringdesignbuild.com

This staircase is so lavish.

Beach Style

spiral staircase

Image Source: sebringdesignbuild.com

Love the laid-back feeling and of this Marco Island staircase.

Ceramic Style

wrought iron spiral staircase kit

Image Source: sebringdesignbuild.com

A completely different look than Ceramic style. The blue and green tiles are the stars of the show. Not to be overlooked–the metal railing is so unique. Cool oval detail.

Cable Railing

metal spiral staircase

Image Source: sebringdesignbuild.com

Cool close-up of this sleek cable railing.

Climbing Wall

spiral staircase

Image Source: sebringdesignbuild.com

The industrial staircase in this incredible Seattle home also showcases a climbing wall! Perfect for that adventurous homeowner.

Serene Transitional

custom spiral stairs

Image Source: sebringdesignbuild.com

Love the rounded areas of this wood staircase.

Winding Up

spiral staircase manufacturers

Image Source: sebringdesignbuild.com

Cool winding staircase.

FARMHOUSE

wrought iron spiral staircase for sale

Image Source: sebringdesignbuild.com

Fun rope detail in this Charlotte farmhouse.

Blue Ice

home spiral staircase

Image Source: sebringdesignbuild.com

The blue stair treads are definitely the focal point of this room. From this picture, it almost looks like ice. With the metal railing–a very “cool” look.

HEAVY METAL

circular staircase design

Image Source: sebringdesignbuild.com

Striking industrial staircase in Rome.

Beefy

cost of circular staircase

Image Source: sebringdesignbuild.com

Thick beefy treads make up this contemporary staircase. The gap between steps is 2 inches and the thickness of the tread is 6 inches.

Elegant

spiral stair steps

Image Source: sebringdesignbuild.com

This staircase adds to the elegance of this beautiful Miami home.

Urban Oasis

circular iron stairs

Image Source: sebringdesignbuild.com

This industrial loft, with its prominent steel staircase, is located in Phoenix and was designed specifically for an artistic homeowner.

Tropical Blue

metal spiral staircase

Image Source: sebringdesignbuild.com

A lot of stairway ideas here: wood, tile, cable railing, white painted posts, extra storage and a burst of tropical color!

WOW

spiral staircase manufacturers

Image Source: sebringdesignbuild.com

A take-your-breath-away staircase and space.

 

Tips

  • Some good stairway design ideas for small spaces include using thin metal spindles or combining glass with metal. This leaves the room still airy and bright.
  • Don’t forget to make good use of the space below the staircase.
  • Make sure you follow local code on safety when deciding the stairway design. Your contractor can help you with this.
  • The stairway is not just about rails and spindles. If there is a wall along the staircase, it is a great place to add family photographs and art. They provide a nice distraction from the arduous journey up.
  • Don’t forget to marry the staircase design with the décor of the space around it. As much as you need to make the stairway a unique piece of décor on its own, it also needs to blend in smoothly with the surrounding space. Use color, patterns, and materials to provide a nice blending and transition from the stairway to the room it leads into.

Share feedback, ask a question or give a high five