Staircase Designing Tips: Ways to Leave a Lasting Impression13 March 2020
Staircases can be the key in getting the overall design of our homes to work. Staircases perform an important purpose – to physically connect one level of a home to another – be it across split level, or across two stories of a home, or between inside and outside. A staircase provides a visual connection as much as it a physical one. This is an opportunity that can get lost in a lot of designs. Below are ways to leave a lasting impression in your staircase design.
You can treat the staircase as an opportunity to create privacy in your home. Stairs can offer sense of curiosity and secrecy in what they lead to when you can’t completely see what’s at the other end of them. They can be a strong transition between the public areas of a home on the lower floor, to the private areas of the home on the upper floor. The way they are designed can prevent visitors in your home from feeling it is appropriate to travel up them.
If privacy is created by not seeing where stairs lead to, the reverse also occurs. Opening up your home’s volume can happen through creating open areas at the top of the stairs. It may be a lounge room on the upper floor or simply a small space to sit that creates a small library area. This will lead the eye up, to experience the openness of your home. Think about this when you’re creating a staircase in your home, and what’s going to be at the top of it, and what’s going to be at the bottom of it. Make sure to emphasize the visual story of the journey from one end of the staircase to the other.
Lighting can create a dramatic impact in a staircase – during the night and day time. Low level lighting used on stair walls, or in LED strips, will create one effect. Alternatively, pendant lighting will create a feature during the day time as well. Just be cognisant of how you’re going to change light bulbs and that you can service them in a safe way.
There are a variety of materials you can use for your balustrade. At its simplest is a plasterboard wall, with a handrail or timber cap. There are also open timber balustrades, glass and steel or steel mesh or powder coated aluminium panels. The range of choices is huge, and yours will be driven by the overall aesthetic you’re seeking for your home, and your budget.
As you can see, designing new stairs can be a whole lot of fun. With that being said, you need to know what you are doing in order to create something that is both safe and visually appealing. If you’d like to hear more, contact our team at Planet Stairs.
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