Flights of Fancy: Design Options for Your Custom Stairs

Your home’s unique style starts on the ground.  Beautiful hardwood flooring, carpets, or tiles can set the stage in every room for your furniture, built-ins, and home décor items.  If you have a multi-level home, you can also explore some intriguing options for custom flooring and stairs.  Don’t think of your stairways as just neutral, functional spaces for going up and down.  If you need help visualizing the right staircase for you, here are three design approaches you can take to the custom construction and installation of your stairs.  And if you already know exactly what you want, post the details of your dream staircase on “Get It Made,” and artisans interested in your project will contact you.

If you love your flooring, a custom staircase can be an opportunity to bring that same style, pattern, or material to new, exciting heights.  For example, the newels and steps of this pickled hard maple and powder coated steel 3-story railing system by Third Street Studios match the wood and color of the base moulding and window trim, as do the wood disk accents inside the swirls of the steel railing.  The earth tone carpet on the steps complements the landing tiles as well as the wood and railing.  This stair design doesn’t just harmonize with the home’s style.  It also presents familiar elements in a new, vertical fashion.

3-Story Railing System by Third Street Studios at CustomMade.com

3-Story Railing System by Third Street Studios at CustomMade.com

The play of cream and tan tones in the tiles at the base of this custom poplar contemporary curved stair by Timber Arts is re-envisioned dramatically in the contrast of the white balusters and panels with the dark brown steps and handrails.   The bold purple carpet, running through both the floor and the stairs, brings the two arrangements together.

Contemporary Curved Stair by Timber Arts at CustomMade.com

Contemporary Curved Stair by Timber Arts at CustomMade.com

Your flooring isn’t the only thing going up the stairs.  Let a CustomMade artisan create a custom designed staircase for you that embraces the experience of lifting you into space.  Remember how exciting climbing a tree used to be?  You can capture that spirit with this tree staircase by Metals & Nature.  This lifelike tree structure seems to sprout out of the steps and forms the railing as it grows into the walls.

Tree Staircase by Metals & Nature at CustomMade.com

Tree Staircase by Metals & Nature at CustomMade.com

Would you like to run up a waterfall?   This 3-story spiral cast glass staircase for a private residence in Hawaii by Walter Gordinier Studios LLC was designed to create the sensation of wading in a stream.   The texture of the glass steps exquisitely evokes light-dappled water and stones.

Aqua Spiral by Walter Gordinier Studios LLC at CustomMade.com

“Aqua Spiral” by Walter Gordinier Studios LLC at CustomMade.com

Handcrafted landings, railings, newels, and finials are sure to be noticed whenever you and you guests climb your custom stairs.   Functional elements that are normally quite anonymous have a chance to shine when you have to grip them or tread on them.   This hand-forged steel snake handrail by David Browne Metal Design is sure to elicit first a gasp and then admiration.

Snake Handrail by David Browne Metal Design at CustomMade.com

Snake Handrail by David Browne Metal Design at CustomMade.com

Beautiful hand-cut hardwood floor medallions by Majestic Medallions and Inlays would be a perfect way to punctuate your stair landings.

Hardwood Floor Medallions by Majestic Medallions and Inlays at CustomMade.com

Hardwood Floor Medallions by Majestic Medallions and Inlays at CustomMade.com

Let your floors and yourself soar along with your imagination.  Find a CustomMade artisan near you and start planning your custCustomMadeg and stairs today.  Don’t forget, you can also post your proposed project on “Get it Made.” Describe your staircase in detail or in broad strokes.  You can even attach photos, sketches, or other images.  Share as much of your inspiration as you can, then CustomMade artisans who can make your vision a reality will get in touch with you.

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