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15 Contemporary staircases

When I first started considering the house extension, the natural thing was to visualise my home two years down the line. What do I want it look like after two years? The furniture, the colours, all of that jazz. Which brought me to the stairscase, which is in desperate need of ... I don't know, SOMETHING! It's more than just a case of adding a runner on it. A beautiful staircase (with steel rods as balustrade or glass) can be the focal point in your home, and ours... well ours just doesn't have that kind of wow factor at all. So this compilation of fabulous stairs is here to serve as an inspiration to you of course, but also to me. Because after all, Seasonsincolour is nothing if not my very own scrap book.

This contemporary staircase in Austin was designed by Dick Clark + Associates. A very sophisticated, yet casual elegance is crafted in the architecture and interiors of this residence that flows from exterior to interior and back outside. I love the use of iron rods which adds another architectural element and turns the stairs into the room highlight.

20 Contemporary staircases

20 Contemporary staircases, kitchen island

Wood and glass combine expertly, while creating storage space under the steps. I love the use of the space, which we are so used to boarding up. As seen in Houzz UK. This could potentially be a contender for our home.

Contemporary staircase with storage under the steps and glass

Metal all the way in this industrial style space photographed by Emily Bartlett Photography for Australian SA Stairs. This is from their Hoodle Street project which used thick cut chestnut treads and steel rods balustrade. It works 110% with that exposed brick wall.

Does this looks a little more traditional to you? Wooden handrail and a beautiful paint job on the side of the steps? Photo by: Warren Reed Photography, design: Jdesign Group

If your space is meant to be light and airy, this blond wood and glass combination with mild steel centre carriage, finished with a drop down hand rail detail sounds like the dream. Total stairway to heaven. Also by Australian S&A Stairs, you can see more of this project here.

This two bedroom basement maisonette of a four storey Victorian terrace in Hackney was generous in size with large rooms and high ceilings. The room proportions were suited to the original single Victorian house the property had once been, but felt under-utilised in its current form as a maisonette.


As part of the works a central load-bearing wall was removed to allow an open plan living and kitchen area overlooking the garden. The large but dark hallway was reduced in width to allow a new ensuite shower room to the downstairs bedroom. In doing this, the circulation for the house was reconnected to the centre of the downstairs living space. Through a bespoke staircase designed with open timber slats in a simple geometric pattern, an additional sense of space and of light has been introduced.

Rebecca Naughtin Architect has created the perfect space for your 4-legged friend while also delivering a dreamy staircase to the owners of this beautiful home.



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