Trendy wooden staircase - Rather than solid wood balustrades, the staircase has metal sections, which gives a better view of the stairs as they rise up through the house. It also allows light to flow through the space.
This modern floating steel and wood staircase rises adjacent to an oversized polycarbonate window. The translucent polycarbonate offers privacy while still providing daylight in the middle of the open stairwell.
A view of the colorful contemporary kitchen can be seen from this charming wooden staircase, which leads to a loft area. Abstract art along the stairway reflects the colors of the kitchen and ties the two areas together.
Don't ignore stress points like railings and stairs. A periodic check for signs of rot, excessive movement and structural problems is always a good idea. Wood can warp and split along its natural grain and cause a safety issue before you realize anything has gone wrong.
A floating wood staircase with a cable railing leads to the second floor of this Asian-inspired home. The open floor plan allows for easy entertaining from the kitchen to the living and dining rooms, while colorful art adds interest and energy to the space.
The open metal and wood staircase is designed to allow light to filter down and through various floors. Also, the openness creates the illusion of space. The orange color is the same paint color used on the nearby Golden Gate Bridge. The same color is used on the front door and accent tile in the kitchen. The spectacular openness "pulls" visitors toward the stairs and up into the great room upstairs.
Vintage meets mod in this slim entryway: An ornate ceiling medallion and turned-wood newel post mingle with a sleek graphic pendant and contemporary artwork. A second pendant carries the eye toward the kitchen beyond.
A sinuous wood handrail follows the curve of a custom wood banister on the staircase of this contemporary urban townhouse. The blond wood finish of the handrail takes its cue from the pale hardwood floors and pops against a dark brown wall.