Home insides, like clothes, shoes and even automobiles, tend to evolve with the times as particular styles fall in and out of favour according to the fashion of the day. Obviously, you can not change your stairs as easily as your decor, so it’s important to select the ideal style first time.
So what’s hot and what’s not in stair design at the moment? Glass
More than any other, this attribute has seen a massive surge in popularity lately. Glazed stair balustrades are getting to be increasingly sought after as people look to increase the feeling of space and light which they can bring to their environment. Although glass stair panels used to be mainly the help of modern homes, nowadays they are often utilised in traditional interiors to provide a contemporary twist and increase the flow of natural lighting around the property.
Of course, you don’t need to stop at the balustrade. If you really need to make your neighbors jealous, you can have the treads and risers made from glass for a stunning 21st century impact.
2. Clean lines
The general consensus in the field of interior design at the moment seems to be that less is more. In my line of work I have seen a recent change away from decorative stair balustrades to simpler, cleaner shapes. While ornate turned spindles, newels and caps are still selling well, there has been greater interest in sleek, minimalistic designs like square and stop-chamfered styles. Curves
As manufacturing techniques have improved through time, the demand for curved stairs has been slowly rising. These staircases require quite a lot of space but can provide a wonderful focal point. With their classic flowing lines, they are acceptable for modern and traditional homes alike. Spiral stairs, too, are proving popular – particularly with owners of smaller properties, and people looking for a secondary staircase. They can still look stunning, but do not occupy as much floor space.
4. Mix of materials
Another rising trend is mixing different types of material together for a single look, called fusion (also popular with foodies!) . When choosing a handrail you are likely best off sticking with wood, as this is the most comfortable material to grip. However, when it comes to the balustrade infill there is much more choice. As well as glass panels, you can experiment with spindles made from metal, wood or a combination of both – and – mix and match with glass if you want.
Metal spindles have become particularly popular lately, because of the vast array of designs now available. You don’t have to stick to only one style of metal spindle, either. Alternating two different designs can be a great way to give your stairs an individual touch. Storage
As the square footage in new homes has generally shrunk over recent decades, storage space has become a significant issue. It is no surprise, then, that more home owners are asking for integral storage to help keep clutter out of sight. This may be accomplished by fitting shelves or cabinets underneath the stairs, or even by integrating drawers into the actual steps.