Home insides, like clothing, shoes and even cars, tend to evolve with the times as certain styles fall in and out of favor according to the fashion of the day. The same can be said, up to a point, of staircase design. Obviously, you can’t change your staircase as easily as your decoration, so it is important to pick the right style first time.
So what’s hot and what’s not in stair layout at the moment? Glass
More than any other, this feature has seen a massive surge in popularity lately. Glazed stair balustrades are becoming increasingly sought after as people look to increase the feeling of space and light which they can bring to their surroundings. Although glass stair panels used to be mainly the preserve of contemporary homes, nowadays they are often used in traditional interiors to give a contemporary twist and boost the flow of natural lighting around the property.
Of course, you don’t have to stop at the balustrade. If you really want to make your neighbors jealous, you can have the treads and risers made from glass for a stunning 21st century impact. Clean lines
The general consensus in the field of interior design at the moment appears to be that less is more. In my line of work I have seen a recent change away from ornamental stair balustrades to easier, cleaner shapes. While elaborate turned spindles, newels and caps are still selling well, there has been greater interest in sleek, minimalist designs such as square and stop-chamfered styles. Curves
As manufacturing techniques have improved over the years, the requirement for curved stairs has been slowly rising. These staircases need quite a bit of space but can provide a excellent focal point. With their classic flowing lines, they are suitable for modern and traditional homes alike. Spiral stairs, too, are proving popular – particularly with owners of smaller properties, and people looking for a secondary staircase. They can still look stunning, but do not take up as much floor area.
4. Mix of materials
Another increasing trend is blending different kinds of material together for an individual look, called fusion (also popular with foodies!) . When choosing a handrail you are likely best off sticking with timber, as it is the most comfortable material to grip. However, in regards to the balustrade infill there’s much more choice. As well as glass panels, you can experiment with spindles made from metal, wood or a combination of both – and – mix and match with glass if you want.
Metal spindles have become especially popular recently, thanks to the vast array of designs now available. Most are made from mild steel shaped to resemble wrought iron, which helps to keep both manufacturing costs and spindle weight to a minimum. You don’t need to stick to only one style of metal spindle, either. Alternating two different designs can be a fantastic way to give your stairs a single touch. Storage
Since the square footage in new homes has generally shrunk over the last few years, storage space has become a significant issue. It is no surprise, then, that more home owners are requesting storage to help keep clutter out of sight. This can be achieved by fitting shelves or cupboards underneath the staircase, or even by incorporating drawers into the actual steps.