When looking to add a ‘wow’ factor to your home, it is easy to get caught up doing more of the same – a new bathroom or kitchen suite, a new set of windows, a change of colour scheme.
But if you really want to add a touch of something different, you should look no further than your staircase.
It is easy to overlook the functional importance of your staircase – how would you move between floors without it? But it is even easier to neglect how much of a feature a staircase is, often the first thing a visitor sees when they set foot through the door, and usually the dominant presence in whatever space they live in.
So what does your staircase say about your home? If you really want to make a statement, a stainless steel and glass staircase is a refreshing break from solid wooden convention. Stainless steel is a material which adds contemporary chic to any home, an expanse of glass is a great way to allow light through to create bright, airy spaces.
Match Design to Space
Your first consideration is to think about the space available for your staircase, and then deciding on your preferred design accordingly. There is no point setting your heart on a stunning, stylish design if it won’t fit your home.
Although a staircase can add a fabulous ‘wow’ factor to your home, don’t lose sight of its functional purpose. The last thing you want is a staircase that people are prone to fall down.
Think of who will be using the staircase, and design accordingly. If you have children or elderly relatives who visit often, a stair railing system, glass, stainless steel or otherwise, is essential. It is also worth bearing in mind that straight staircases tend to be easier to navigate than spiral.
Open or Closed
Deciding between an open or closed staircase has a massive impact on the feel and functionality of your home. In the end, it comes down to a question of how you want to use space.
An open glass and stainless steel staircase can look stunning, allowing light to pass through freely into a wide, spacious living area below. Closing the space below a staircase off, on the other hand, gives you a different, segregated space, perfect for storage. One great tip for gaining additional storage from a closed staircase is to have drawers in the risers.
This is really where you can add personality and finesse to your staircase, and the possibilities are limited only by your imagination. An obvious part of this is in your choice of fixtures and fittings – whether you go for an elegantly glass balustrade or an artfully turned stainless steel handrail, the design of your newel posts and finials.