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It’s no secret that staircases aren’t at the top of homeowners’ minds for renovations, but the stairs can play a pivotal role in setting the tone of your home. They’re often one of the first elements you see when stepping through your front door, and probably one of the largest components of your home. By embracing your staircase as a central design feature, you can create a stunning focal point that defines the aesthetic and the atmosphere of your hallway.
Whilst black staircases may seem like a dramatic interior decision, they’ve recently become increasingly popular in homes across the UK. Black is used consistently in kitchens, bathrooms and even living spaces to create a modern and industrial aesthetic. Here we embrace the moody shade in the hallway and show how to balance a black staircase with your surrounding area.
The Allure of Black Staircases
Black is bold; it’s a deep, prominent, striking colour that demands attention, and if you’re looking to make an instant impact when entering your home, there’s no better colour choice.
But when it comes to interior design, people can be wary of using such dark tones, especially for large and central features like stairs. Black is an imposing colour, and if used incorrectly, it can overly dominate a space and can become oppressive. Here we explain how to incorporate darker tones in to your staircase and where and when to use them.
Choose the right materials
One of the best features of black is that it’s a versatile colour that can be applied to a range of different materials. A black painted staircase will wonderfully complement a glass balustrade in a brighter hallway. If you have natural light flooding the entrance to your home, consider a dark wood or painted base rail, hand rail, newel posts and risers. Pair with large clear glass panels, allowing natural light to contrast against the boldness of your hard wood components.
If you’re making the change to a new set of stairs, a wide range of materials work well in black. As well as the overall look and feel of your staircase, consider materials like:
Balancing Black with Light and Contrast
The key to successfully showcasing a black staircase is to make sure you strike a balance with the stairs and their surroundings. Black works most effectively when it’s contrasted with lighter colours and elements that don’t compete with it. When it comes to black stairs, consider contrasting features like:
Creating Visual Continuity with Black Stairs
As well as incorporating contrasting features around your black staircase, you can also add elements that create visual continuity with your stairs, balancing their impact with complementary touches.
To extend the black theme of your stairs, consider adding black touches in and around the space. These could include black furniture, black plant pots, floor tiles with black patterning, black picture frames, carpets with black elements, and patterned wallpaper that features black.
Using Lighting to Great Effect with Black Stairs
The right lighting can make or break the impact of black stairs. Carefully chosen lighting can highlight a black staircase’s contours, emphasising the reflective quality of black and enhancing its impact. When it comes to lighting on and around a black staircase, consider:
Embracing Black Stairs in Your Home
A black staircase is a bold and daring choice, but one that can transform the look and feel of your home. And whilst black is a striking statement, with the right choices, effective lighting and the right materials, you can make black stairs a successful and stylish addition to your home that elevates its grandeur.
If you’re ready to take the plunge with black stairs, discover how we can make your decision a success with our range of bespoke staircase renovations.