439 Staircase Wood Railing Design Photos And Ideas - Page 2

The wall beside the stair is made from off-form concrete, which is insulated on the outside. Polystyrene molds created a textured pattern on the concrete wall that celebrates the honesty of the home’s materials and construction. “It looks very gridded and regimented, but every part of the grid is unique,” says Craig.
The handrail is a 18-millimeter pipe with curved junctions that was all welded on site and fixed to the surrounding walls. "It took some time to set out and position the stair," reveals Joe. "As it is in the original part of the house, there isn't a wall or surface that is truly square and plumb!"
The design intention was to keep the stair as simple and understated as possible. It's crafted from plate steel stringers and blackbutt timber treads. A central steel truss "hovers" between the stair flights and includes blackbutt uprights. A pivoting door beneath the stair opens out to the courtyard.
The archway at the end of the entrance hall was opened up to reflect the original floor plan of the terrace, and now leads directly to the stairs and the living/dining area.
"Arriving at a second floor should not be to a hallway but to a room where the family can gather and be together with lots of natural light," he says.
“The clients just loved board-formed concrete,” says architect Fraser Mudge. “That started the thought process for the rest of the house in relation to materials.”
The concrete stairwell leads from the ground floor up to the front door and a sliding partition that opens to two more bedrooms and another living space with a kitchenette. The library/study and living room spaces are separated by several stairs to create connected yet separate living spaces.
A seating nook on the staircase showcases the pillows that the firm made from the vintage silk scarves they found online—a detail that helped inform the color palette for the project.
The staircase leads to the upper level and features lighting from Flos.
A staircase leads to the couple’s private space.
A suspended steel stair adds a sculptural element to the home.
“It’s a really beautiful piece set in that corridor,” says Yoon.
In the entryway, an assortment of plants from Plants and Friends are nestled under the stairs next to an Ilano Design Rug.
A wood-clad staircase leads to the upper level. The doors to the bedrooms and bathroom on the ground floor are made out of the same wood, creating a sense of continuity in the space.
The treads of the staircase lift to reveal storage cubbies, where Emma keeps Isla and Ivy’s toys and books.
The stairs to the right lead up to the family bedrooms. Directly ahead is the new music room—one of the three additions completed by Larsen in 2020.
A Magis Officina Bench sits at the entrance of a second-story suite. Local artist Wu Yanrong's Migratory Birds series accents the staircase walls to reflect its internationally mobile tenants.
Scene Shang’s acrylic-detailed Shang system table was a special collaboration with Singaporean designer Larry Peh. It perfectly complements the interior's existing glass brick walls.
Each floor now benefits from the natural light brought in by the atrium.
The interior openings frame composed sightlines of the sculptural internal staircase.
The cedars slats filter natural light.
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.
“Each of the bedroom spaces is split level, which creates a play space for the children on the lower level that can later be adapted for study. The master bedroom is designed with a dressing area in the upper space that opens onto an en suite,” note the architects.
The sweeping, curved oak staircase with an oak balustrade leads to the first floor, which—unlike the ground floor’s polished concrete flooring—features herringbone oak parquet floors. Underfloor heating is powered by a 12kW ground-source heat pump with 600 meters of pipe buried in the garden.
The curved portion of the roof provides added headspace for the loft-style bedroom. "I really like the bubble windows along the storage stairs," Dan says. "They match the curvy aspects of the house, and you can put your head inside them and see 180 degrees."
A roof window positioned above the double-height stair fills the space with natural light, which reflects off the light-colored birch plywood.
The stair leads to a small communal landing on the loft level that opens to the new bedroom. "The communal living spaces are a really important part of the design, and it would have been easy to try and cram in more bedroom space," says the client, Andrew. "Instead, the main hallway that BVDS drew at the core of the house is a real triumph in our view."
“The project has a mezzanine height of 10.7 feet with the purpose of dignifying rural housing through the creation of larger spaces,” add the architects.
Polished concrete flooring is used throughout, while timber surfaces lend a sense of warmth.
“We had the brainy idea to combine all of the crazy colors throughout the house into a color palette going during the stairs,” says Claudia. “So now, when you walk into the house, you are hit with a beautiful presentation on the staircase of all the colors you are going to see throughout the house.”
A ladder leads from the first floor to a sleeping loft.
The hexagonal structure is a geometry enthusiast’s dream, with plenty of angles and lines.
A spiral staircase runs through the center of the house, serving as a chimney that pulls cool air up from the ground floor as hot air exits through windows on the top level.
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 underwater pool window not only adds a touch of whimsy, but helps illuminate the basement.
The stair was crafted from birch plywood and milled with a CNC mill so that it could be delivered and assembled as a kit of parts.
Natural light pours into the stairwell.
A switchback staircase accommodates a grand piano handed down from Anton’s father.
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 Ken Meffan's ten-years-in-the-making home is located in the tiny Northern California town of Rough and Ready—a term that might as aptly refer to the house itself. Though all the on-site plants are mundane home-center varieties, they grow to uncanny heights in the moist, sunny environment.
Above the front entrance, the architects inserted a netted play area in a spot that, according to Karen, would have otherwise been a “dust collector.” On the top level, the flooring switches from concrete to maple.
Two signature features of MB Architecture–designed prefabs are a double-height space and a wide staircase. “We love the wide staircase—it becomes a place to sit, and watch sunsets,” says Behrooz.
A modern staircase creates a visual connection to the woodland that surrounds the property.
The stairs and guard rail are made of Ash. Vertical beams are connected to the white, steel substructure with hex-head screws that have been concealed with putty—a simple technique that makes a strong impact. “There are barely any other decorative elements in the interior space,” explains Sonja. “It is all about the play of forms, plans, surfaces, and the patterns of the different wooden coatings under the light.”
Dark hardwood lines the floors on both levels of the 6,200-square-foot dwelling. An open library and loft accentuate the home's large main foyer.
On the other side of the front door, stairs lead up to the remaining bedrooms. A large bay window—protected from the Arizona sun by the ramada—graces the foyer leading to the dining room.
To bring natural light into the center of the home, LeBlanc inserted a thin skylight above the stairs. The chandelier is from Michael Anastassiaees. “We wanted to find something contemporary that had nice lines,” LeBlanc says. “It seemed perfect because it acts like a 3-D mobile and has the geometric qualities Kevin likes in art.”
The large garden room features walls clad in richly textured Birch wood, an asphalt tile floor, and exposed joists along the ceiling.
The front stairway features a delicate archway and wood flooring. While the goal wasn’t to match the same timber, the addition’s minimalist color palette and choice of timber help smooth the gap between the old and the new.
The partial basement holds storage and an entertainment room. A skylight over the stairs floods the area with natural light.
With white oak treads and a steel-and-glass railing, the new staircase is much more elegant.
A peek at the stunning Pei-designed spiral staircase, capped with an oblong skylight.

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.