Building & Renovating

Fantastic Staircases For Home Inspiration

We’ve got one for every home style (and size)!

Photography: Kerwin Yu & Michael Angelo Chua

In classic movies and theater plays, a staircase is usually part of the production design, a dramatic focal point on the stage where characters enter and descend (or fall). In homes, a staircase is an important structural element, not only to access the upper floors, but as a component that complements the architectural style and integrity of the house.

Staircases—composed of steps, treads, risers, landing, skirting, balusters, and hand railings—come in so many styles and materials. One designer tip is to make sure your staircase matches the architectural character of your home. Here are some fabulous staircases for your design pegs.

1. Cable wires

Steel cable rails are a clean way to add industrial style to a tropical home. Steel cable wires are strung out and attached to metal or wooden poles, and these serve as the balustrade. Urban planner Dinky Von Einsiedel used cable railing to add a modern touch to his breezy vacation home in Negros. (To see the rest of this house, click here.)

2. Classic wrought iron

This charming stairway makes use of curlicued wrought iron balusters and a country-style, brick-laden stringer. The charm is heightened even further with a delightful tree mural by Isaac Corotan—the mural is a gift of the homeowner to his wife on their 15th anniversary. (To see the rest of this house, click here.)

3. Delicate, turned wrought iron

In Maggie Adan’s loft condo, the original staircase had traditional black-and-gold, wrought iron balusters. She had them painted in white to match the whimsical style and palette of her home. Other architectural details and woodwork in the condo were painted white too, to match. (To see the rest of this house, click here.)

4. Modern floating staircase

Architect Jerry Isles created a dramatic floating staircase as the focal point of this tropical modern living room. A linear wrought iron railing was used to emphasize the stairs’ contemporary lines. Floating staircases are created by running a sturdy metal support under each step—this way, you don’t need a stringer. (To see the rest of this house, click here.)

5. Glass and wood

An interplay of wood and glass in the staircase of this home by Sohu Designs gives the space a clean, sophisticated look. The glass balustrade also allows light to stream into this area. (To see the rest of this house, click here.)


6. Rustic spiral

Spiral stairs are ideal for tight, small homes where there is no room for a standard staircase. Designer Debbie Palao adds flair to a simple spiral staircase to her study room by installing rustic mosaic tiles to surrounding stairwell and at the landing area. (To see the rest of this house, click here.)

7. Winding

Instead of finishing off with a landing and a straight-angle baluster, this staircase ends elegantly with a dramatic winding curve to the right. This adds a slightly feminine edge to the modern-Asian space, and highlights the beautiful wooden main door even more. (To see the rest of this house designed by architect Cathy Saldana, click here.)

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