I love when a normal staircase is customized in a way that makes it it's own piece of statement artwork. Whether it be designing a custom stair rail, using an interesting tile or stone on the steps, or adding a beautiful runner- the options are endless. In no particular order, the following are my 8 favorite residential staircases.
# 1- Alessandra Branca's entry staircase- Harbour Island, Bahamas
The railing design takes the cake here. Not only is the haphazard x pattern cool; the red paint color is unexpected and feels modern against the softer materials. I think I love this one so much because the modernity of it feels completely out of place at a beach house.
#2: Interior Staircase at a home in Captiva Island, Florida
The spiral staircase of this 16.5 million dollar home originally spotted on Zillow is to die for. The color of the carpet is my favorite color in existence - the perfect lush turquoise. The white undulating border feels decidedly 60s Palm Beach.
#3: Hoban Road Project by Erica Burns Interiors
A simple sisal runner is enhanced with a nailhead trim- because, how genius is that?!
#4: The Cheetah Runner, Made Famous by Elements of Style
My FAVORITE animal print (and the only one I'd put down on my floors, besides maybe Stark's Antelope) is Glen Eden's Cheetah. This image was originally published in Real Simple magazine, and later made famous among internet circles when Erin Gates replicated it in her own home.
#5: A Subtle Staircase by Michael Dawkins
I love this black and white striped stair carpeting for two reasons: 1- it runs perpendicular to the stair which creates a sense of motion and 2- the seams were cut at an angle to give it a sense of continuation as you round the corner. These two details make a world of difference:
#6: A Custom-Built Staircase in Dallas, Texas
The intricate railing on this staircase is one of my all-time favorite iron designs. The rounded bands separated by simple circular dividers create a pretty pattern that feels understated and chic:
#7: Little Rock, Arkansas Entryway by Bear Hill Interiors
This staircase has a similar rounded iron railing as above, but is paired with an elegant brass banister. YUM.
#8: A Polished Brass Staircase by Kelly Wearstler
The queen of drama did not disappoint in this LA pad. I'm a fiend for polished brass, and I love that the railing design combines both straight lines and a curve:
And speaking of Kelly Wearstler, if you love the LA-based designer as much as me, you'll find this Clever Podcast interview she did last Tuesday incredibly inspiring. Kelly talks about how she got her start in the interiors industry, where she searches for inspiration, and how she's trained her unique eye over the years.