Take stairways to a whole new level by creating an architectural centrepiece.
Hit new style heights and create immediate impact with a statement staircase. Whether you prefer sweeping, traditional stairs, ultra-modern floating steps, brightly painted wooden hills, see-through risers or even steps that lights up, there are countless captivating designs that are as practical as they are impressive.
Making a statement with your staircase opens up a hall area to a host of other statement-making opportunities. All that extra ceiling height cries out for an out-there chandelier. A bright coloured stair runner is not only practical for high-traffic areas, but will help draw the eye up. Take wall colour upstairs and create a unified scheme by painting the skirting boards, railings and dado in the same shade as the hallway and landing. Then take the design all the way around the room, doors included, for extra impact. Crittall doors are an effective way of framing a stairway space while also letting the light flood in. Alternatively, clad a wall from top to bottom in mirrored tiles so the light can bounce around.
Dark banisters offer a dramatic line that zigzags through the house. The stairs are framed by these tall and wide steel doors that help open up the ground-floor space, flooding it with light.
Get the look: The metal glazing is from Clement Windows. These are Popham Design tiles at Ann Sacks. The banisters are painted in Railings estate eggshell by Farrow & Ball.
This striking floating staircase fuses soft colour with natural textures and surprising juxtapositions. Vertical panelling enhances the sense of scale. Part of the first floor was removed to create the dramatic double-height entrance, designed by architect Richard Parr.
Get the look: Find a similar bench at Pinch. Similar rug, Moroso, similar vintage mirrors, Kiki Design.
This clever space-saving staircase by Bisca is unobtrusive, takes up a minimal amount of room, yet still looks great.
Get the look: Bespoke Bisca staircases starts from £22,000.
Traditional stone stairs are made modern thanks to the artwork and bright yellow cabinet.
Get the look: The lanterns were made by a local blacksmith. The rug was designed by Roddy Murray for Boxer Rugs. The velvet upholstered chair is by Luca Nichetto at Lane Crawford. For similar Native American portraits, visit fineartamerica.com.
These stairs span four floors and are lit by a chandelier of multiple opaque globes. One entire wall, from the bottom to the top of the house, is clad in striking mirrored tiles.
Get the look: The Lee Broom Crescent pendant light from Houseology is similar. This is the Mellow pouffe by Munna.
A red stair carpet injects a pop of vibrancy to the neutral scheme.
Get the look: The vintage New York bus station poster was found on eBay.
Period-look panelling adds elegance to the already grand staircase. That definitive Farrow & Ball palette of cool neutrals, such as Cornforth White and Purbeck Stone, complements the inky navy of Railings used on the staircase.
Get the look: The Chehoma pendant is from Holloways of Ludlow. The Swedish bench is an antique.
Walls are kept simple, but a cleverly painted dark strip below the dado helps carry colour from the ground floor up.
Get the look: Try Original Style for Victorian encaustic floor tiles. The Mongolian sheepskin bench was bought at 1stdibs.com. The cushion is from Graham and Green.
The stairs have a subtle ombre effect; light grey to to match the pale grey flooring at the bottom, getting gradually darker to match the dark grey floor on the mezzanine.
Get the look: This is the Swallow artwork by Roger Taylor at Jamm Gallery.
The spiral stairway forms a captivating focal point, winding up through the house.
Get the look: The staircase is bespoke – try Bisca for similar. Find comparable flooring at Element7.
Dark walls and a spiked ceiling pendant add drama to this stairway.
Get the look: The Murano glass Sputnik pendant and reproduction turtle shells are from Pure White Lines. The walls are painted in Downpipe estate emulsion by Farrow & Ball.
Soft blues make for a stylish and calm interior, and tone down the modern staircase.
Get the look: The feature wall is painted in Maritime marble emulsion by Mylands. The flooring was custom made by Mosaic Del Sur.
All eyes fall on Harlequin’s bold, geometric Sumi wallpaper in this striking stairway.
Get the look: This is Harlequin’s Sumi wallpaper in Hessian/Copper. The bespoke stair runner is from Tim Page Carpets. The console table was bought at Lots Road Auctions.