Home insides, like clothing, shoes and even automobiles, tend to evolve with the times as particular styles fall in and out of favour according to the fashion of the day. The exact same can be said, up to a point, of staircase design. Clearly, you can't change your staircase as easily as your decor, so it is important to pick the ideal style first time.
So what's hot and what's not in stair design right now? Glass
More than any other, this feature has seen a massive surge in popularity recently. Glazed stair balustrades are getting to be increasingly sought after as people look to increase the feeling of space and light which they can bring to their environment. Although glass stair panels used to be mainly the help of contemporary homes, nowadays they are often utilised in traditional interiors to give a contemporary twist and boost the flow of natural light around the property.
Of course, you do not have to stop at the balustrade. If you really want to make your neighbours jealous, you can have the treads and risers made from glass for a stunning 21st century impact. Clean lines
The general consensus in the field of interior design at the moment seems to be that less is more. In my line of work I have seen a recent shift away from decorative stair balustrades to simpler, cleaner shapes. While elaborate turned spindles, newels and caps are still selling well, there has been greater interest in sleek, minimalistic designs like square and stop-chamfered styles. Curves
As manufacturing techniques have improved over time, the demand for curved stairs has been gradually rising. These staircases require quite a bit of space but can offer a wonderful focal point. With their classic flowing lines, they are suitable for modern and traditional homes alike. Spiral stairs, too, are proving popular - particularly with owners of smaller properties, and people looking for a secondary stairs. They can still look stunning, but do not take up as much floor space.
4. Mix of materials
Another rising trend is mixing different types of material together for a single look, called fusion (also popular with foodies!) . When choosing a handrail you are probably best off sticking with wood, as this is the most comfortable material to grip. However, when it comes to the balustrade infill there is a great deal more choice. As well as glass panels, you can experiment with spindles made from wood, metal or a combination of the two - and mix and match with glass if you want.
Metal spindles have become especially popular lately, thanks to the wide variety of designs now available. You don't have to stick to only one style of metal spindle, either. Alternating two distinct designs can be a great way to provide your stairs an individual touch. Storage
Since the square footage in new homes has generally shrunk over recent decades, storage space has become an important issue. It is no surprise, then, that more home owners are requesting integral storage to help keep clutter out of sight. This may be accomplished by fitting shelves or cabinets underneath the stairs, or even by incorporating drawers into the real steps.