38 Simply Stunning Staircase Designs

These staircase designs, seen in the HGTV Designer of the Year Awards, take these entryways to a whole new level.

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August 27, 2020

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Photo By: Christopher Stark, Architect: Sutro Architects, Contractor: The Tobani Group, Landscape Architect: Triple BK Landscape Gardening

Photo By: Christopher Stark, Architect: Sutro Architects, Contractor: The Tobani Group, Landscape Architect: Triple BK Landscape Gardening

Photo By: Photographer: Dustin Peck, Builder: Mary Ludemann of New Old Custom Homes, Design Team: Vicky Serany (Founder + Principal), Elizabeth O’Neal (Senior Designer), Paige Adams (Junior Designer)

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Mediterranean Foyer With Black Floor

The dark wood front door is original to this home, but a modern surprise waits in the foyer: a bold graphic floor in black and white. The zippy pattern instantly sets a fun, zippy tone upon walking into the house!

Bright Foyer Features a Large Staircase, Globe Hanging Lights and a Vintage Runner

A bright foyer features a large staircase that leads to a second-floor landing that showcases traditional railings and stairs. A vintage-style runner lays in the middle of the foyer, bringing color into the otherwise natural space. Hanging in the center of the staircase, multiple globe light fixtures create an eye-catching design feature.

Classic Black Accents and Stairwell Gallery Wall Make for Majestic Entry

The entry now has a stairway of beauty, with an ascending gallery wall of high-impact modern art overlooking the space. The casual pillow on an understated bench below draws the blue in the paintings and the foyer is defined by the stairwell's black skirtboard and handrail contrasting with the white balusters and wall.

Entry Provides an Enthusiastic and Cheerful Welcome

The redefined entry is filled with personality, and features a foyer and mudroom combination that the designers saw as essential for the clients' growing family. A repurposed church pew painted in a lively yellow lends a pop of color beneath a gallery wall of family photos, tying in with the stairwell display. A black six-locker cabinet provides ample space for stashing coats, shoes, bags and backpacks.

Reading Nook Under Stairs

This cozy nook makes perfect use of the unusually-shaped cranny underneath the staircase. The built-in bookshelves get higher as the ceiling does. Tall, lidded baskets hide away throws and pillows.

An Eclectic Foyer Features a Black Ceiling, Modern Light Fixtures and a Variety of Antique Furniture Pieces

A moody foyer features a black ceiling and a traditional set of stairs that leads to the second story. Modern light fixtures hang from the middle of the ceiling above an eclectic shag rug. A variety of antique furniture pieces are scattered throughout the space, creating the perfect balance of modern and antique.

Grand Entryway Features a Spiral Staircase and Traditional Molding

A grand entryway features a spiral staircase that has a walnut banister and spindles. Traditional molding surround the entrances to the living room and kitchen that's just beyond the entrance. A small console table sits against one of the walls of the entryway and is topped with a vase of fresh flowers. Console by Modshop, Artwork by Suzy Poling.

A Double Staircase Features Walnut Banisters and a Glamorous Chandelier

A grand staircase spirals around a glamorous chandelier that hangs from the center of the room. Neutral rugs ground the hallway and run into the rooms. Matching gold and glass pendants hang at the top of the stairs and in the room just beyond the hallway. Sharon Marston chandelier, The Rug Establishment runners, Pendants by SKLO.

Transitional Foyer With Arched Front Door

This foyer uses architectural details to make a noble first impression. The front door is arched. There is eye-catching trim detail on the walls. And the hardwood floor is laid in a handsome herringbone pattern.

Grand Stairway Welcomes Guests

Natural wood stairs, white walls and ornate railings make for a stately stairwell in a country home.

Bright Foyer With Stylish Staircase

Enter this charming estate and be greeted by a bright, stylish foyer from the front door. Views from the floor-to-ceiling windows act as natural art in the space, with two patterned armchairs and a round table below offer seating. A modern wall sconce offers minimal distraction and a soft glow at night.

Country Foyer With Pew

A jury pew was the design jumping-off point for this entry. A rolling console table, red rug and red star art add to the friendly, farmhouse theme.

Modern Foyer With Warm Wooden Accents

Clean lines and warm rustic accents create the perfect combination in this Lake Minnetonka transitional foyer. Rich, comforting finishes contrast contemporary, modern architectural details, from the metal railings on the staircase to the exposed oak beams and hardwood flooring.

Tiny, Neutral Living Space With Vaulted Ceilings

Bright white walls, vaulted ceilings and light-toned hardwood floors keep this transitional tiny home feeling super spacious and airy. A set of wooden stairs with an industrial metal handrail leads to the loft space with extra storage and guest bed. Any guests working on the small kitchen island can enjoy a view of the wide-screen TV mounted to the living area wall just beside a large, neutral sofa.

Blue Row House Foyer

Step through the black front door and be welcomed with global-inspired designs throughout this foyer. Two wooden shelves in white flank a square mirror with gold accents just above the dark velvet sofa. Glass walls enclose a modern staircase that leads to the second floor.

Stairs With Molding

White paint helps the lovely molding in this stairwell stand out. For texture, the stairs get a heathered runner.

Modern Staircase Features a Variety of Patterns and Colors and a Metal Railing

A bright staircase, with a large window accenting the landing, features a metal railing that complements the modern handrail. The risers are accented with a variety of patterns and colors that switch off back and forth between the stairs. The top of the stairs feature a light colored wood that ensure the stairwell remains well lit.

Contemporary Stairs With Black Railing

Blonde wood stairs get a clear railing trimmed in black. It's a striking way to dress up the functional space.

Bench Seating with Wood Paneling

A wasted space beside the stairs is made useful by adding a bench with fluffy pillows. Light wood paneling adds detail and complements the handrail. Artwork is also displayed.

Open Plan Dining Area and Wine Room

Although a staircase sits out in the open in the home's main living area, the clear railing makes it fade into the background. Behind it, a wine room becomes a striking part of the decor.

Contemporary Foyer with Curved Staircase

A contemporary center table highlights the curves of this contemporary entryway. Soft, neutral hues dominate the space, which is layered with accessories and special touches that add visual interest. Modern sconces echo the lines in the modern stair rails.

Neutral, Modern Stairway with Curved Design

Sweeping lines define this modern staircase, which features pale wood steps that match the curving wood hand rail. The stairway's steel rails and blond hues are repeated in an artful modern sconce, while a patterned contemporary runner adds style and function underfoot.

Modern Loft Dining Area with Oak Table and Eames Chairs

This modern loft dining area features a white oak table with Eames chairs juxtaposed with matte black walls, exposed brick and reclaimed wood throughout.

Contemporary Floating Staircase with Glass Rail

A floating staircase in pale natural wood tones adds design distinction to this waterfront contemporary home in Newport Beach, California. A glass railing extends down to become a glass wall, adding both function and style. White-painted walls create an open and airy vibe that continues throughout the home.

Open Concept Great Room With Striped Pillow

Accessories continue the bright color scheme started by the kitchen backsplash out into the living area. The room's two-story high ceiling makes the entire space feel so light and bright.

White Kitchen With Copper Pots

Cooking is centered on one side of this simple, pretty kitchen with the stove and storage for cooking supplies. The other side is dedicated to cleaning with the sink, dishwasher and storage for larger pieces like platters and other serving ware.

Industrial Staircase With a Rustic Twist

A contemporary-yet-rustic staircase leads to the second floor of the home while a floor-to-ceiling window wall offers unobstructed views for days. Black metal lanterns hang on nautical rope for a unique chandelier in the entryway.

Coastal Entry with Shiplap Walls

By simply changing the millwork, this entry and stair space got a huge refresh. Shiplap walls greet visitors to an immediate ‘by the water’ feel. That combined with the watery painting featuring bold turquoises and greens (that reminded designers of lily pads) drives home the coastal feel. A LED light in the glass ball on the newel post is set to a photocell - so it comes on each night when it gets dark!

Entryway Features Two Design Styles

The wow-worthy entryway is made up of two key design styles - rustic and contemporary. The industrial-inspired staircase is accented with wooden railings for a flawless combination of both styles.

Stairs with Glass Lighting

A cascade of hand blown glass lighting really fills up the tall vertical space and looks magical in the evening. The glass ball on the newel post was outfitted with an LED light and comes on each night when it gets dark. This stair design is appropriately scaled to the space and makes excellent use of the natural light.

White Stairs and Cow Art

The staircase takes its visual cues from a milk crate with its white, wood slat railing. Although the design was complicated in its execution, the finished result is refreshingly simple.

Curved Stairs and Art Deco Table

In the main hall, a curved staircase cuts an elegant figure, its geometric railing leaping out against the wall's white paneling.

Rustic Chic Fireplace Between Floors

This stunning cabin features a unique feature, a natural fireplace between floors. Guests will enjoy the warmth of the large rock hearth as they venture up the wooden and metal staircase to the balcony.

Spiral Stairs and Black Tile Floor

Trips up and down these spiral stairs have all the exotic style of a Moroccan escape with the stair's light-colored wood in bold contrast to the graphic floor.

Staircase With Ferris Wheel Mural

All the neon brilliance of Balboa's boardwalk fills the stairwell. The amazing mural was custom made for the space and instantly infuses the home with modern retro nostalgia.

Blue Coastal Staircase

Wave blue paint and surf lyrics give this staircase tons of beachy appeal.

Deck With Vertical Garden

An urban lower level deck gets wild with a vertical garden in sculptural shapes.

Open, Airy Downtown High-Rise

This modern apartment features an open concept plan that connects the kitchen and dining area. The crisp white and cool gray concrete creates a chic yet airy atmosphere. Even the stairs feature a floating design with glass siding as to not clutter the space or block the city views

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