50 Stair Railing Ideas to Dress Up Your Entryway

Selecting the right stair railing or hand rail for your space is a major design decision that can impact the feel of your home. From glass panels to wrought iron balusters, there are many stair railing options available. Find ideas and inspiration in these photos that will help you choose the right material for your staircase.

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April 26, 2019

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Striking Modern Entryway in White with Clear Glass Stair Railing

Natural light filters through this clean, white entryway, making it feel even brighter. Floating stairs with a clear glass railing lead the way to the home's second level. A gray rug grounds the floor space to add subtle contrast to the design.

Playful and Inviting Contemporary Entryway

The original plain white metal staircase is completely redesigned by encasing them in the same walnut used for the feature wall. Floor-to-ceiling copper poles are used an unexpected handrail, and an indoor swing hangs at the base of the stairwell for a playful touch.

Industrial Stairs with Railing

Railings are wonderful structures to run along stairs, decks, and other places for support when descending or ascending safely. Although initially designed for safety, they now range everywhere from rustic and simple to elaborate and refined.

Stylish Staircase with White Steel Railing

Made from welded steel and then powder coated in the same color used for the trims throughout the home, the geometric staircase railing is one of the most striking architectural details in the house.

Black Stair Railing

Against white walls, the stair's black railing becomes part of the home's decor with its clean angles and lines.

Modern Foyer With Contemporary Curved Staircase And Iron Railings

A dramatic foyer welcomes visitors with a view past the contemporary curved stair case with iron railings into the living room, while a group of three modern chandelier adds light and style.

Foyer With Spiral Wood Staircase and Large Chandelier

An oversized chandelier crowns this traditional foyer with flair to keep the formal room feeling more casual. The beautiful wood floors of this home are stained with a custom blend of walnut and dark oak stain to let the grain of the white oak shine through. The wood carries up a winding staircase, creating a cohesive space.

Open Modern Staircase With Wood Steps, Black Metal Baluster and Wire Railing

Wood steps fixed over a black base creates a simple, sleek look for this staircase. Black balusters connect thick wire railing for an open, modern design. A bar cart stationed near the stairs organizes drink ingredients and accessories for easy access.

Top of Stairs Cable Railing View Featuring Layered Shaped Pendant Light Trio

A trio of pendant lights featuring mixed 3D shapes are layered at varying heights to fill the space of this two-story open staircase ceiling. Wire railing secures the space while keeping with the open feel of the design. Black metal balusters and hand railing fit the contemporary style with a touch of industrial influence.

Stairs and Metal Railings

Slim railings zig zag between levels of this sleek home.

Upstairs Foyer With Black Iron Railing

Black iron railing adorns the stairs in this home's foyer. A sculpture is paired with a bench to add extra visual effect.

Southwestern Entryway with Wrought Iron Railing is Warm, Welcoming

Mexican-inspired tiles are used on the tread of the staircase, contrasting against the warm woods and add rich color to the space. Terracotta floor tiles add style underneath, while wrought iron railing curves up the stairs, completing the Spanish-inspired look.

Modern Stairway with Oak Stair Rails and Stainless Steel Risers

Custom oak stair rails and treads are set off by stainless steel risers, creating a clean, modern and eye-catching stairway. Modern art connects the space to its San Francisco locale.

Wood and Metal Stair Railing

Trim wood-and-metal railings lead occupants and guests from one floor to the next without obstructing the view.

Sophisticated Entryway With Custom-Designed Iron Stair Railing

The dramatic two-story entry sets a welcoming tone for the rest of the home. The elegant entryway has a statement-making chandelier, custom railing leading up the stairs and a graphic-patterned sofa.

Modern White Cottage Stairway With Modern Custom Handrail And Woven Pendant

This modern white cottage stairway features a modern custom handrail, woven pendant light, exposed beams and rafters, and hardwood floors.

Black and White Stairs and Foyer

The 40-foot wide townhouse in New York's Greenwich Village includes two floors. To travel in between them, take the stairs with stair railings finished in a black powder coat.

Wood Stairs With Metal and Wire Railing

To access the second floor, the owners simply need to turn a corner and follow these stairs. A thin metal railing offers support along the way, without drawing attention from the beautiful wood siding.

Black Metal Stair Railings and Starburst Light Fixture

A starlike light fixture glitters even when not lit and instantly dresses up the stairwell.

Glass Railing Catwalk Leads to Guest Bedrooms

On the second floor, a catwalk with glass sides looks out over the foyer, living room and ocean. From here, guests can access their bedrooms as well.

Modern Graphic Mural Meets Victorian Style in Stairwell

A modern black and white mural by Sam Eckersley contrasts with the original wood staircase and railings with incised lines in an Atlanta home built in 1890.

Curving Walnut Staircase With Bench

A gently curving staircase swoops up through the center of the home. Wood bannisters, railings and the charming built-in bench are all part of the home's original 1916 details.

Modern White Cottage Floating Staircase With Modern Railing

This modern white cottage foyer features a floating staircase, modern bench, art and staircase railing, white painted board and batten paneling, and tile floors.

Entryway Features Plush Chaise and Intricate Railing

Every corner is utilized in the penthouse - even the space beside the staircase. The cozy corner includes a plush chaise lounge, a small geometric side table and a solid white cowhide rug.

Wood Stairs With Black Railing

A stairway of wood and metal is sculptural in its design.

Grand Foyer With Ornate Iron Handrails

This grand foyer is graceful and elegant in every aspect. Stunning crown molding, lavish marble floors and iron handrails are just a few of the noteworthy accents surrounding the sitting area and grand piano.

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Modern Wood and Metal Staircase Anchors Center of Home

An eye-catching staircase anchors the center of this open, modern home. Natural materials and a neutral color palette flow throughout the house, making the space feel united as one.

Neutral Modern Foyer With Staircase and Cable Railings

The unusual split level design allows this open concept home to feel far larger than its 2774 square feet. Low walls create sight lines all across the space and let natural light from the many windows fill the rooms.

Contemporary Foyer Stairs With Wire Railing

This light and bright foyer boasts cream colored walls paired with a mint green accent wall and red-brown hardwood floors. A contemporary stairway features a railing made with metal posts, cable wire and wood. A bench area in the entrance offers a spot for easy shoe removal.

Opulent Foyer Has Curving Staircase With Scrolled Wrought-Iron Railings

A curved wood staircase is lined with a scrolled wrought-iron railing, creating a traditional foyer with a grand presence. From the marble floors to the elaborate crown molding, the details of this space read opulence and elegance.

Black Metal Railing in Modern Foyer With Play Area in Loft Home

This two-story loft in Boston's South End features new walnut stair treads that lead up to the master suite. A folding door with frosted privacy glass opens the bedroom to the foyer, while a desk attached to a black metal railing creates a functional work area with a fantastic view of the play space below.

Grand Foyer with Marble Staircase with Ornate Wrought Iron Railings

Even the entrance to the home is grand and elegant. The two-story foyer boasts marble flooring, a marble staircase, an ornate wrought iron railing and a fabulous chandelier that echoes the gold accents found in the handrails. A red and gold upholstered bench adds a luxurious finishing touch to the design.

Ornate Wrought Iron Railings in Italianate Style Foyer

The home features a magnificent two-story foyer, which boasts ebony floors that make a dramatic statement against neutral walls and white molding. An ornate wrought iron railing fits with the home's Italianate style.

Curved Marble Staircase with Intricately Detailed Iron Stair Railings

Pristine marble floors and an elegantly curved staircase make a magnificent first impression in the home's two-story foyer. Intricately detailed stair railings pair with an ornate chandelier for an Italian Renaissance-inspired look.

Modern-Eclectic Foyer in Contemporary Reno Home

A high-ceilinged foyer is surrounded by shiny metal beams and topped by a gridwork skylight that brings loads of natural light into this contemporary Reno home. Modern metal rails line the stairway and enclose the upstairs balcony, while bright vermillion walls give the space strong presence. A live tree in a mini-garden brings the outdoors in.

Wrought Iron Stair Railings with Matching Glass Door Panels

The stunning glass front doors with wrought iron detailing are surrounded by matching glass panels, creating a magnificent, light-filled foyer. The space boasts two-story ceilings and luxurious marble floors.

Minimalist Foyer Is Bright, Breezy

Clean, bright and minimalist, the stunning foyer sets the tone for this contemporary home. The metal stair railing helps keep the space feeling open and breezy.

Industrial Steel and Wood Stair Railings

To the right of the staircase, a central walkway connects the core of the home to the expansive wraparound porch.

Black and White Foyer and Wrought Iron Stair Railing

In the foyer, an area rug with an oversized graphic pattern in bold black and white is a so-stylish pairing with the gracefully curving staircase and its wrought-iron railing.

Contemporary Spanish Style Staircase With Iron Stair Railing

A lantern pendant light hanging from the wood beam ceiling gives the foyer a homey, rustic vibe. Classic iron railing looks fresh and clean with a contemporary pattern.

Neutral Transitional Foyer With Silver Chandelier

Pale gray paint freshens up and brightens this foyer. A chrome chandelier with interwoven metal chains brings a modern-glam touch. Scrolled iron stair railing was replaced with a simplified design that still enhances the staircase..

Transitional Foyer is Inviting

Wrought iron railing frames the wood stairs leading up to the second floor. Shiplap walls add a note of cottage style to the space.

Entrance Foyer With Curved Staircase and Checkerboard Floor

This entrance foyer with its timeless checkerboard pattern of marble tile features classic white paneling and an elegant curved stairway with simple wrought-iron railings leading to a second-floor balcony.

Traditional White Staircase

A square post and double handrail lead the way up this white, wooden staircase with natural wood steps.

Limestone Stairs With Iron Railing

Go in between the home's two stories via an elevator or this handsome staircase; it's limestone with an aged iron railing.

Bright Foyer With Dark Wood Stair Railing

Clean white wainscoting offsets the dark hardwood floors and stair rails in this entry. A stunning gold mirror and some fresh flowers are there to greet guests on their way in.

Eclectic Foyer with Black and White Stair Railing

The bold, black and white stair railing is a stunning focal point in this eclectic foyer. Bold blocks of color, from the blue door to the cherry red rug, pop against neutral tones in this sparsely furnished space.

Wood Stairs With Clear Railing

Not all staircases are created equal. Wood trim grounds the airy, sleek look of this one with its clear railing.

Traditional Foyer With Wood Stairs and Bamboo Dresser

A custom birch and bamboo dresser with a marble top creates a beautiful storage space in this entryway. A sleek black lamp lights the adjacent stairwell, emphasizing the beautiful white stair railing and banister.

Contemporary Wood Stairs with Metal Railing

Sophisticated, black and white framed photographs adorn the wall of these contemporary stairs. Wood and metal combine to create a sleek, industrial look in this bright, neutral space.

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