When your home has been done in a contemporary or modern style, you may not understand the importance of the staircase in the design. You need to create a ‘wow factor’ that will really draw the eye when someone enters the room, but it also needs to be sleek in appearance. There are many materials that can be used in contemporary stairs design, including glass and stainless steel.
- Corian Treads – This material is usually employed for a multitude of uses around the home, but its use in stair treads is beginning to become quite popular. Corian is minimalist in appearance, available in a range of colours and can be easily shaped.
- Leather Handrail – The ‘wow factor’ can be quite subtle, such as a leather handrail. On first glance, it could be made out of timber or even a painted metal. But once you put your hand on it, you are surprised to feel luxuriously soft leather.
- Traverse Levels – If your home is fortunate enough to have more than two levels, as often occurs when your property is on a slope, you could consider having a single stair well that makes its way between each of the levels. This makes for quite a dramatic statement.
- Glass Treads – For a wholly contemporary look, consider having your entire staircase constructed using glass. It is a common choice of material for balustrades, but have you ever seen glass treads? They will need to be quite thick to support weight, though.
- Support Free – One of the most clever contemporary stair designs is to have the support structure hidden inside the wall, so it appears as if the treads are floating. A continuous line of treads is another stunning way to achieve this look for yourself.
- Helical Design – Most often seen in science laboratories and museums, the helical staircase could really take your home from drab to fab. The treads and balustrade curve around each other in a truly amazing design that looks natural and fluid.
- Concrete Steps – When thinking about materials that could be used in the construction of your stairs, we doubt that you will think about concrete. It can be cast in your desired shape and set in place, providing a rock solid support that will stand the test of time.
- Natural Stone – This material can be used in the form of tiles or whole slabs, which cover your treads completely. When lighter colours are used, stone is a great contemporary choice and is perfect for those wet areas of your home, such as the bathroom.
- Traditional Touch – If you love the look of traditional staircases, you could combine them with a contemporary design for something that looks really spectacular. Think timber treads held in place with metal supports and a leather handrail.
If you are considering a contemporary stairs design for your next renovation, we hope that you will find the above ideas useful in your decision. There are plenty of ways that a contemporary design can be used to give your home that ‘wow factor’, whilst ensuring that your family and friends can safely traverse between the levels of your home.