654 Staircase Metal Railing Design Photos And Ideas

The entry foyer at the ground level features a hanging Vibia Wireflow light from KODA and an Ari daybed from Something Beginning With.
The staircase handrail was custom designed by Unicus Developments specifically for this renovation. It’s constructed from a combination of iron and unlacquered brass. The craftsman applied a step notch—a linear cutout—to each stair tread.
The home’s centerpiece spiral staircase connects all three levels. Designed by Tom on Solidworks, the blanks were cut in a friend’s woodshed and later assembled on-site.
The downstairs hallway flooring is Iranian travertine marble, while the stair and flooring in the upstairs hallway is oak. The walls have been finished with a polished concrete texture.
The staircase is offset from the straight walls to emphasize its curvaceous lines.
A spiral stairway leads to the newly constructed basement. “It’s like a piece of playground equipment in the house,” says Sean Hogan of M Studio Architecture.
The cedars slats filter natural light.
The architects used cedar slats to enclose a steel-and-concrete staircase that leads to the master bedroom upstairs.
A perforated metal screen acts as a guardrail for the interior stair while introducing another layer of light filtration.
Vertical wood post act as a screen between circulation and sleeping spaces. An exterior, double-height wall of translucent Rodeca cladding extends along the staircase, leading you to the master bedroom loft.
Inside, wood adds softness, texture, and warmth while allowing light to filter through.  At the stair and master bedroom loft above, timber is used as an architectural screening material which provides some partition between spaces.
The design team subtly sculpted the wall around the top of the staircase. A CB2 Azalea Gray Mink chair sits in the hall.
“The bones of the original stair are in there,” says McGuier. “We just sawed off the bottom half, put a new straight portion of stair onto the spiral stair, then covered the whole thing in sheet metal and painted it.” Vintage slipper chairs in mohair sit on either side of a vintage Art Deco parchment table.
The Newry House is all about playful moments of discovery and delight for this growing family.
At the top of the perforated steel staircase is a surprising pop of color. A vivid green section marks the point where the metal railing meets the colorful carpeting. The bold green tone is a nod to the garden and bench seat below.
To maximize functionality in the compact space, the staircase, kitchen, and storage area were all combined into one unit. Simple wood joinery conceals integrated storage below the wood stair treads and the perforated steel screen.
The stair features a steel balustrade and floating timber treads.
The central stair sits against a three-story mahogany cabinet that houses a powder room, a study, and a multitude of closets.
A ship-like ladder off the kitchen wall gives access to a small nook nestled under the apex of the angled roof. An inset piece of wooden artwork depicts the region's terrain.
The staircase, with precast concrete steps, now leads down to the future pool terrace. "We sought to connect the spaces so the family could be relaxed and meander barefoot through the property," says Wittman.
Under the main staircase is a shaded secondary stairway.
The stairwell features white oak vertical slats and silva oak treads and risers supplied by European Touch Hardwood Floors.
Lambert & Fils' Dot Line Suspension lamp hangs over an Allais Table by The Gaspé.
A new steel staircase with wood tread and a cable railing does not block the outside views. The double-height window systems used at the front and back of the home are glass storefront units from YKK.
Blue has a major moment in the house that Luke Ogrydziak and Zoë Prillinger designed for a couple moving from Marin County to Telegraph Hill. The color is a custom blend by Benjamin Moore that the architects named Lorna Blue for one of the homeowners, an artist.
Architect Catherine Milanese wanted to use a single material—fir plywood—for the stringer, the stairs, and the risers, visually integrating the stairway with the wood box that contains the mezzanine level.
The main stair to the mezzanine level is accessed by set of steps that can be moved out of the way when not in use.
The stairs were stripped back to just the steps and upgraded with a new steel handrail and spindles. The treads were finished with OSMO ebony oil.
Upstairs, there’s a second-floor office and work by the homeowners’ daughter, artist Kat Marais.
The yellow-painted stair is crafted from Kowhai, a dense and durable native timber.
Much of the original detail throughout the house was retained and refurbished, such as the barrel-vaulted ceilings, metal railing, and woodwork in the front hall.
A spiral staircase leads to a bathroom and three bedrooms above. A perforated steel landing connects the bedrooms above and bridges a double-height main living space.
A cedar-clad stair leads up to the 1,005-square-foot phase one house, while maple panels line the pitched interior ceilings.
A simple metal railing and Red Acacia flooring create a minimalist aesthetic for the loft area.
Solid walnut slabs were used for the interior stair treads—a beautiful and durable choice. Sunlight from a skylight above filters through the space, creating delicate patterns of light and shadow as it passes through the screen.
A slatted walnut screen is a centerpiece of the home’s new design. Accentuating the height of the space, the vertical slats come together with metal rods and a sleek handrail, creating a graphic manipulation of positive and negative space. In addition to allowing light to permeate the interior, the screen is visible from most vantage points in the home, providing an anchor of visual interest.
The reimagined entry stair favors rich and warm walnut hues, leading visitors to the relocated third-floor kitchen.
A closer look at the sculptural steel stair connecting the two main levels.
Herringbone floors and a board-formed concrete wall create a linear motif in the second-floor stairwell.
A switchback staircase accommodates a grand piano handed down from Anton’s father.
Stairs lead down to the semi-below grade bedrooms.
Clinton Cole, architect, builder, and director at CPlusC Architectural Workshop, gave Welcome to the Jungle House, his family's home in suburban Sydney, the eco-friendly treatment, what with a solar-panel facade, rainwater harvesting, and a rooftop full of fruits and vegetables and a fish pond. Visitors are first ushered into the imposing steel "shroud" entry, facing the timber-clad staircase.
Architect Bill Ryall installed vertical circulation elements, opened an unobstructed 47-foot-long view from front to back, and kept the ceiling beams exposed to create a loft-like environment.
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Connecting the old and new spaces is an oak and steel spiral staircase. Set against a geometric oriel window, the staircase bay slightly protrudes from the side the facade, offering the only visible hint of the modern materials used in back.
Behind the white wall with the oval window lies the central plunge pool, one of the architects’ favorite features in the home.
The skylight over the stairs, and an abundance of north-facing glazing flood the interior with natural light to make the home feel more spacious.
The mezzanine and upper loft are clad in wood, which fosters consistency with the lower level.

Whether grand and sweeping, rendered in wood, or a minimalist arrangment of metal and glass, the modern staircase is an example of literally elevated design. With its strong, geometric shape and functional importance, a masterful staircase can serve as the centerpiece of a building. Below are some notable examples of staircases that refuse to be ignored, and the creative tread and railing decisions that comprise them.