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Choosing the Perfect Stair Railing Design Style

If your home is a multilevel dwelling the ability to go up and down the stairs is probably never given a second thought. If you are trying to bring more color, variety, and a particular design style into your home, choosing the perfect stair railing design style could be helpful.

Whether your home has a rustic appeal or you prefer the minimal lines of cable and wire railings, choosing the right one will create a beautiful design accent to your architectural interiors. Here are a few tips to keep in mind when choosing the right one.

Choose a railing that is custom-made by an artisan

Image: Melinamade Interiors – via

What style matches your design tastes?

The beauty of your home is largely based on the architectural and design tastes of the homeowner.Look at the colors, details, and influences that shape your home.

Modern stairs railings for a lavish home

by R.J. Gurley Custom Homes

If your home is built with artisan influences and you love displaying one-of-a-kind artwork and gallery inspired sculptures, choose a handrail that displays the same qualities. Depending on your locale try searching out local artists and sculptors that are commissioned for custom projects. Your home may be the perfect place for a piece of their work!

Beautiful wrought iron stairs railings for the home

by R. H. Carter Architects / Image: Peter A. Sellar

Choose a stair railing to blend in with architectural details in your home

Image:  Dungan – Nequette – via

Keep in minds aesthetics and safety:

While choosing the right stair railing for your home remember that safety and aesthetics need to go hand in hand. Your local building codes will dictate how tall railings should be and hand extensions in order for your stairs to be safe when changing levels.

Wrought iron stairs railing design

House in Downtown Toronto / Photography: Peter A. Sellar

This doesn’t mean that your stairs have to look boring or utilitarian. On the contrary! Many handrail designers have created gorgeous varieties from rustic wood varieties for a log cabin to ultra-sleek and modern for an urban penthouse loft. Choose the style you love and then ensure it meets the safety requirements for your local codes before installing.

Choose railings that are safe & aesthetically pleasing

Image: Kreiger Architects – via

Railings that are “barely there” are beautiful too

Image: LS Architects – via

Stylish wood and iron railing

by David Vandervort Architects

Railings that don’t make a statement

Believe it or not your railings don’t have to make a statement. For many homes the “less is more” aesthetic is desired and creating a unobstructed view is essential for home owners. Glass, plexi-glass, cable and wire, and vertical poles are all versions of railings that blend into your interiors seamlessly.

Highly creative stairs railings

by Designer Jean- Claude (Israel) / Elad Gonen & Zeev Beech

If you have a home that demands the stair railings to be “invisible” – opt for these options. Look to your design blogs and interior design magazines to see some of the latest design styles available.  Hotels, urban condominiums and commercial office buildings can lend inspiration too.

Modern idea for stair railings

Image: Eric Rorer – via

Whether you are in the process of designing your home or you want a new look for your stairs, consider these design ideas when choosing the perfect railing. From styles that create a focal point, to artisan varieties that are one-of-a-kind, try these ideas for your ideal stair railing, and bring in your design style with every step.

Cool wooden stairs railings made of oak

by LDa Architecture & Interiors

Glass railings with stainless steel elements

by Jodie Rosen Design

Ronique Gibson

Ronique Gibson is an Associate Architect and a LEED Accredited Professional, who has been in the architectural and interior design industry for over 13 years. Her architectural background has lent to years of hands on experience with homeowners, construction, and helping people love their homes. Ronique’s passion for finding inspiring and easy[...]

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