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17 Statement Staircases

bespoke staircase in oak frame self build
(Image credit: Simon Maxwell)

Staircases can be more to your home than just a feature that allows you to move between spaces — they can become a piece of art, add character and personality to the architecture of the building and naturally separate living spaces.

From carefully curated built-in bookshelves to ulta-modern and minimalist designs we have chosen our favourite statements staircases so you can find inspiration for the perfect staircase for your home.

1. Contrast Styles and Materials

dramatic triple-height plywood staircase

(Image credit: Simon Maxwell)

A dramatic triple-height plywood staircase creates a stark contrast to the Victorian exterior of this home. The stairwell is crowned by a large skylight which floods the space with light and the modern minimalist lighting means that the feature is practical as well as beautiful.

2. Chalet-style Spiral Staircase

spiral staircase in Swiss chalet-style self build

(Image credit: Jeremy Phillips)

This Swiss Chalet style home’s interior design using minimal materials is completed by a cast-iron spiral staircase leading to the exterior balcony. Positioned in the middle of the double-height room – in front of the large expanse of glazing – the dark colour choice links the sofas and light fixtures and becomes centre stage in the living space.

3. Working to a Budget

storage beneath staircase

(Image credit: Alistair Nicholls)

Built using just five sheets of plywood – an estimated costs of £150 – this modern and practical solution proves that a statement staircase doesn’t have to break to bank to the beautiful.

4. Dramatic Design

(Image credit: Douglas Gibb)

New stairs leading to the galleried library are a great addition to this Georgian church conversion — the vastness of the design is awe-inspiring, demanding the attention of the entire room.

5. Zoning Areas

steel and timber staircase

(Image credit: Nigel Rigden)

This staircase is an effective example of how to separate the kitchen and dining spaces without sacrificing light by putting up walls. The steel and timber used to make the feature reflects the history of this barn conversion but the modern design compliments the contemporary interior.

6. Light and Bright

wooden staircase

(Image credit: Simon Maxwell)

Light floods into the stairwell of this modern family home from the expanse of glazing, bouncing off the walls and light-coloured wood.

7. Beautiful Bookcase

compact staircase with storage

(Image credit: David Barbour)

Storage has been built into the compact staircase of this contemporary farmhouse extension bringing a sense of personality and character to a functional space.

8. Individual Design in a Contemporary Home

bespoke staircase in oak frame self build

(Image credit: Simon Maxwell)

Supported by a central steel spine, this bespoke staircase maintains the presence of the oak frame within the building while tying in the contemporary finishes of the rest of the self build.

9. Architecturally-interesting Steps

modern glass and wooden staircase

(Image credit: Nigel Rigden)

This dream home on the coast of Devon has a modern glass and wooden staircase that blends into the architectural details.

10. Double-up on Uses

Concrete fireplace-cum-staircase

(Image credit: Andrew Lee)

This build’s staircase is an homage to the ‘humble agricultural sheds’ of the region as the poured concrete fireplace-cum-staircase featuring the simple woodburning stove occupies the heart of The Shed and is arranged over two levels.

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11. Merge Old and New

industrial glass and metal staircase

(Image credit: Andrew Lee)

This industrial glass and metal staircase is just one incredible addition that saved this modern home that was once a Georgian ruin. The original exterior wall and the glass balustrade create a fabulous contrast between restored building and the contemporary additions.

12. Floating Wooden Stairs

contemporary floating staircase

(Image credit: Jeremy Phillips)

This simple staircase floats, suspended on wires, and creates an interesting addition to this already incredible modernist extension.

13. Contemporary Addition

timber staircase in open plan layout

(Image credit: Simon Maxwell)

Contrasting with the concrete floor and clean white walls, this wooden staircase design means the space is zoned into function areas.

14. Make an Impact

contemporary staircase

(Image credit: c/o Robert Dye Architects)

Oak floorboards have been used to clad the staircase in this industrial home, and act as a contrast to the smooth lines of the concrete floor.

15. Changes in Tone Between Storeys

staircase in Georgian townhouse

(Image credit: Nigel Rigden)

Contrasting with the restored staircase from the ground floor, the staircase leading to the top floor of this refurbished Georgian townhouse is very simple by design – polished American walnut steps and off-white walls – changing the tone of the upper floor to something more contemporary.

16. Art Deco Elevation

metal Art Deco stair railings at top of staircase

(Image credit: Simon Maxwell)

The metal Art Deco stair railings were a wonderful find in an antiques warehouse in Bresse (Central France). The perspex stair rail, from The Plastic Shop, makes an interesting addition to a simple staircase in this colonial-style home.

17. American-style Stairway

three-stage banistered staircase

(Image credit: Simon Maxwell)

Cape Cod elegance inspired this self built home and is punctuated by a three-stage banistered staircase that finishes the design beautifully.