173 Staircase Wood Railing Design Photos And Ideas

Art by Time Hussey.
The architect's goal was to
A 14 Series pendant by Omer Arbel for Bocci hangs in the stairwell. The desk at the window was designed by the architects.
An intricately detailed staircase leads to the central wing’s second level. Its walnut treads and top rail harmonize with the welded steel rod railings. The geometric pattern on the staircase’s risers comes from encaustic tiles that were handmade in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.
Bedrooms suites are located in five traditional Javanese bungalows that are spread throughout the lush property.
Set among fields along the south facing coast of Long Island and within a short walk to the ocean, this Hamptons residence is a quiet refuge for a growing family.    Architect Bohlin Cywinski Jackson says that “a suspended bridge spans through the double-height space, connecting second story volumes at varying levels and inclining upward and terminating at either end in an open staircase.”
A cedar screen adds an openness to the staircase.
Laboring over every material and line, this project is the result of rigorous design and planning with the clients. With a constant requirement for precision, the joinery and timing of materials throughout the home create clean, harmonic spaces that carry one throughout the home. Celebrating a truth in materials, white walls highlight the wide variety of finishes including clear timber, sandstone, marble, cork, concrete, and steel.
The striking interior stair was originally designed as a light well to filter light from above deep into the interior space.
Staircase
Despite its dark and boxy exterior, the house's interior is bright, naturally lit, and spacious. Adjaye, a master of the well-placed window, is in top form here. The staircase ascends toward sunlight.
Though all the plants are mundane home-center varieties, they grow to uncanny heights in the moist, sunny environment.
A glimpse at the Timber shutters from The New England Shutter Company.
Stairs to the upper level.
Thanks to the crisp neutral shade, the staircase carries light from floor to floor.
The stair features custom installations by lighting designer Johanna Grawunder. When turned off, the panels appear as mirrors; when on, reflecting LED lights, giving the twisted stair forms an exaggerated “funhouse-like” effect.
The walnut staircase and slide in a Chicago town house leads from the main level to the basement. To protect people on the ride down, a “crash pad” fashioned from a standard gymnastic mat covers the wall at the slide’s base.
Western Red Cedar naturally resists rot, decay, and insects. Architect Jeff Jordan also chose to leave the wood unfinished, a prominent part of the house’s look.
The bridge allows light to flow down to the space linking the old and new sections on the first floor.
A staircase leads to a bridge linking the upper wing.
Near the front door, charred oak treads float on a blackened steel stringer to the master suite and on to the roof.
Photography by Matthew Millman
A cylindrical glass staircase with Western red cedar and painted steel mullions dominates the front of the house.The stair treads, along with the floor, are made of recycled spotted gum.
The form of the top-lit, kauri-clad, open-riser staircase references the drawn appearance of a staircase, and recalls the Stack works of the American artist Donald Judd.
Inspired by the glinting waters of the San Francisco Bay, a shimmering entrance by Molie Malone greets you as you enter the Marina home. Light bounces off the gold tones in the silk-lined walls with the intention to "invite you not just to come inside the front door, but to come in and fully explore."
Yun designed this curved handrail. To the side, a carved niche is meant to showcase art.
The main staircase at the center of the house creates a gracious ascent from the open living room and kitchen at the parlor level to a library and bedrooms on the upper levels. The stained walnut handrail adds a traditional look, but boasts a clean, modern treatment. Wood paneling envelops a discreet door that leads to the cellar.
Custom wallpaper, made by Joana Avillez and Payton Turner, offers whimsical illustrations of significant historical female figures who worked for social change.
The steel stair treads delicately land atop a white brick base. A brass handrail completes the circulation.
The skylights and light palette give the home a bright an airy feel.
Large windows and skylights provide ample natural light which is reflected off the larch interiors and white ceilings.
A staircase that connects the three levels of the house.
A reading nook on the second level.
All four bedrooms are located on the upper level.
The stairs double as auditorium-style seating.
The stairway leading to the loft bedroom.
Staircase-VILLA CP
Siegal chose a diagrid structure for the factory-built steel modules; polycarbonate panels create a luminous space beneath the stairs.
The floating staircase gives
Media Room
Open Stringer Staircase
Within, the split-level, 485-square-foot space accommodates up to eight people.
Custom stair made entirely of matching pine plywood.
The staircase was moved to be more prominently featured in the home's renovation. The owners' surrounding art collection makes it even more striking.
Large spans of glazing frame views outwards to the surrounding landscape as one circulates through the home.
A George Nelson Bubble lamp hangs in the stairwell of Santa Monica Connect 4L.
View from the guest entry provides a focus on the open staircase and out to the tall pines beyond.
The midcentury light fixtures blend well with the original slate floors and woodwork.
Continuity of exterior and interior materials can be seen in the living room, which is framed by the same Prorez cedar siding as outside. It complements a wood fireplace by Stûv, which is finished with bamboo verde stone and Montauk grey slate.
Kitchen Shelving + Stair + Fireplace
The knot-flecked staircase leading down to Bornstein's office gives serves as a solid core to the home's circulation.
One of the greatest design challenges, according to Franz and Paré-Mayer, was reimagining the dark, unfinished garage space in a way that would “establish [it] as primary, instead of an afterthought to the original floor above.” This was achieved by layering open, linked spaces on the ground floor and sticking to a few carefully selected materials for cohesion and fluidity. There are hardly any hallways in the home; every space serves a function. Polished concrete floors continue throughout the new living level, and a bent metal dining chair with a reclaimed Douglas fir backrest made by Scholz sits in front of an open white oak staircase.

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.