The design of a staircase requires the consultation of a specialist who can provide the best solutions according to the space available in your home, the shape of the staircase and the materials used in the final design.
First, the staircase should provide a sense of safety for those who walk on it. Therefore, it is important not to have a too long length and also with not too high steps to not give the impression that it is too tiring to climb it.
In the case of a classic design, the diagonal of a rectangle will give the virtual slanted plane that will “support” the stairs, but if we talk about a narrow space, the experts’ advice is definitely for a spiral staircase.
Starting from the dividing of the total length of the stairs to 15.7-19.7 inches (40-50 cm) that is the length of a step, we can calculate the number of steps required by a proper designed staircase. However, the values obtained should be analyzed both in terms of advantages and disadvantages. So, you can choose more stair steps but with a reduced height or a variant with fewer steps but with a greater distance between them.
After setting all the technical details, another important step is the choice of finishes.
A classical staircase is made of planks of wood, especially for specific mountain chalets, but modern versions come with iron-concrete stairs covered with wood, marble, natural stones, carpet or ceramic tiles.
If we talk about the luxury category, we can talk in ascending order about the stairs with stainless steel railings, wrought iron, glass stairs and glass secured of impressive dimensions instead of protective railings.
Interior designers recommend the full preservation of harmony between the interior stair color, the furniture and the floor of the house. Generally, dark colors work well for the traditional, classic interiors and for modern, contemporary interiors all the experts recommend light colors.
Also in terms of light, the same rule is observed, so that:
- Open and natural shades are used for spaces with little light (white, natural beech, natural oak, cherry);
- Dark colors and textures, such as walnut and mahogany are preferred where natural light floods the interior through large windows.
- If your stairs are made of wood and metal, interior designers recommend the use of contrasting colors, e.g. black metal combined with beech, white-transparent with cherry, gray metal in harmony with walnut or mahogany.
Regardless of the model, shape or finishes, do not forget that your staircase can be the attraction of the house by design and color, offering more personality and originality to the interior of your home.