Stunning Staircases: 61 Styles, Ideas and Solutions

You can do much more under a staircase than merely set up storage. Use this area to max out functionality in a dining room, den, foyer or kitchen.

One of the things I love the most about my job as programming manager for DIYNetwork.com is discovering the things you love about us, but also the things you want to see. And long have I labored on a piping-hot laptop eager to fulfill a common desire among passionate DIYers: staircases!

Let’s face it, very few of us could add an interior staircase where there isn’t one now or heavily remodel an existing one. More approachable DIY staircase projects are utilizing them for additional storage or painting them. A wooden staircase, especially one that has lost its luster, can be painted with powder-room-esque gusto, as Shannon Kaye demonstrates here.

Shannon’s project — coupled with your response to it — caused us to dig around for more painted staircase inspiration, like Bryan Patrick Flynn’s step-by-step faux runner and seven more colorful examples.

And then there are those of us who love the infinite design aesthetics of a smartly conceived flight of stairs. Wooden staircases immediately come to mind, but the traditional medium doesn’t mean design has to follow convention.

Another time-honored staircase medium that is enjoying renewed interest is iron. Although the perception of iron staircases can be dominated by the standard bar railing, you’ll delight in some of the breathtakingly intricate designs we discovered.

More and more often, under-stair storage is graduating from standard shelving and cubby holes to more imaginative options that embrace kitchen, home office and family room entertainment.

I don’t know about you, but I remember the (shag) carpeted stairs of my youth. They left a lot to be desired in terms of function or looks. Today’s runners, however, are a perfect way to enhance your home’s style with colorful panache.

And no staircase compendium would be complete without the most inspirational style a homeowner could conceive of when considering a remodel or build. Although in line with more Modern homes, floating staircases are enthusiastically embraced in most any home style.

So tell me: What are you looking for in a staircase? What style speaks to you? Carpet runners, thumbs up or down? What would you like to see more of from DIY Network?

4 Responses

  1. Thanks for including Blog Cabin 2013! We attempted to merge a space saving winder tread switchback, quasi floating wood treads, under landing storage, and under tread LEDs.

  2. Staircase Ideas says:

    Hey, Those stairs look beautiful! You guys did great job.. Thanks for shared http://www.pearstairs.co.uk/

  3. LeAnn says:

    just bought a 90 year old house…..big rehab…really like your under the staircase bar…..will use as part of the bathroom cabinets….what is the space size?

  4. susa says:

    LOVE LOVE LOVE the under staircase bar…but how tall and long is the space…don't think it would fit under mine!!

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