11 Stylish Staircases

Your stairs are much more than a path from point A to point B. Here, ways to up your style quotient.

On the Rise

Photo: Geoffrey Hogdon

On the Rise

Paint risers a mix of shades in a single color to create visual interest as your eye follows the stairs. An otherwise neutral entry provides a backdrop for statement-making color.

Surprise Around the Corner

Photo: Erik Kvalsvik

Surprise Around the Corner

Nestled in this staircase's landing area is a perfectly situated reading nook surrounded by ornate sconces and a jewel-tone tapestry.

Focal Point

Photo: Annie Schlechter

Focal Point

A classic staircase leads to an open floor plan and naturally becomes the standout piece among the joined living room, eating area, and kitchen.

Magic Trick

Photo: Holger Eckstein

Magic Trick

This staircase is beauty in simplicity. Unfinished beams float from the wall and epitomize casual seaside style. Just watch where you step!

Backbone of the Home

Photo: David Tsay

Backbone of the Home

This homeowner used warm wood and stainless steel to create a staircase that winds through the center of the home. The staircase has been likened to a whale's backbone, both in size and splendor!

Nod to Nautical

Photo: Marc Royce

Nod to Nautical

A hand-painted tile-and-stone staircase leading down to the home's patio is lined with conch shells for a coastal vibe without the kitsch.

Strong, Silent Type

Photo: Annie Schlechter

Strong, Silent Type

This home was built to withstand a category 3 hurricane, but utility married style in the ultra-modern aluminum and solid teak staircase.

Pops of Color

Photo: Annie Schlechter

Pops of Color

The stairwell runner's neutral tone disguises flaws made by dirty feet while the turquoise stripes and colored cubbies keep things interesting.

Into the Wild

Photo: William Abranowicz

Into the Wild

Follow this cottage's lead by spotlighting outdoor elements in your own home. A large piece of driftwood serves as the perfect natural handrail.

Show Stopper

Photo: Jean Allsopp

Show Stopper

The spiral staircase is anchored by a painted compass and a moody blue striped floor for a striking nautical look from every angle.

Sunny Side Up

Photo: Francesco Lagnese

Sunny Side Up

While an all-white staircase tempers the range of colors in the living room, the peek-a-boo grid maintains that certain air of whimsy.

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