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Staircase Design Ideas: Our Top Tips

At Neville Johnson we pride ourselves on offering an end to end service, meaning from initial design ideas to fitting and installation, we’re with you every step of the way. Our designers are experts in creating solutions that fit your home impeccably, however, we understand you’ll have your own staircase design ideas to bring to the table.

To help kickstart the process, we’ve outlined our top tips on planning on your staircase design. With a little imagination, and some expert design advice you can transform the heart of your home in as little as 48 hours with a bespoke staircase renovation. Here’s what you need to consider:

Work out Your Priorities

The beauty of a bespoke staircase renovation means that your staircase design can be purpose-built for the needs of you and your home. The first thing to consider is the function of your hallway; what is your hallway’s job? Is it a place to store coats and shoes? Is it the arterial route to the rest of the house – the room where you want to set the scene? Or is it large enough to double as a room in its own right, such as a home office? Think about the important function your hallway plays in the story of your home and how a few simple changes can enhance the look and feel of your space while making it fit for purpose.

Dusted Oak Staircase with Glass Spindles

Dusted Oak Staircase with Glass Spindles

Combat Clutter

Overstuffed rooms make your space looked cramped and untidy. Because it’s likely to be the room where items are ‘dumped’ when you come home, clutter can build quite quickly. But don’t worry, clutter can be tackled – the trick is to be ruthless. Gather up everything that you can see lying around and put it into a box. Then ask yourself if you really need to keep each of the items; if you haven’t used something in over a year chances are you can either throw it away or take it to the charity shop without feeling too much regret. If you have piles of paper bills stacked up on a windowsill or side table consider going paperless – not only will you be able to find everything you need instantly online but you’ll be doing your bit to reduce paper usage. If you throw coats and jackets over the bannister, invest in a coat rack to make your room look neater and more spacious. Investing in storage for shoes, boots, outdoor clothes and brollies will keep your hallway neat and avoids items littering your floor space.

Simple Storage Solutions

Simple Storage Solutions

Built-in storage can instantly streamline your space by concealing essential items you don’t want on show. Bespoke floor-to-ceiling storage that’s built to fit your exact needs can make the most of every inch of space – it can also give the illusory effect of making rooms look bigger. Under stairs storage with racking and shelving can be the perfect solution for hanging coats, shoes and even storing bulky objects like vacuum cleaners. Our stylish, bespoke storage solutions are ideal for every room in your home. By transforming the way your hallway looks and feels, bespoke storage could even add value to your property.

Hallway Design Ideas

Hallway Design Ideas

Once your clutter is out the way, you can bring colour, light and decoration into your space. If you have a high ceiling, why not go to town with statement pendant lighting to create a focal point. When you don’t have a lot of natural light in your hallway, use mirrors to help bounce light around your room and make your hallway look more spacious. Remember if the space is dark or small, keep the walls light and neutral, if you have a large reception hall, you can create a feature wall with contrasting wallpaper or rich, luxurious paint shades.

When it comes to original tiling, make sure they look their best and turn them into a feature wherever possible. If you’re renovating a Victorian period property and want to recreate an authentic-looking floor, take a look at the beautiful natural tiles from brands such as Bert and May or Fired Earth for ideas and inspiration. Now you don’t have shoes and boots cluttering your floor space, you can have fun with rugs and colourful runners. These can provide a cosy feel underfoot as well as extra style. If you have a wooden staircase, a hallway design trend this year is to use contrasting materials or paint on the risers. This brings colour into a neutral space creating a unique look and playful atmosphere.

Eden Staircase with Kersaint Cobb Runner

Eden Oak Staircase with Kersaint Cobb Runner

Embrace Your Staircase

Instead of ignoring the staircase, make it a focal point or key feature. Our stylish staircase renovations can transform your hallway in less than 48 hours with no messy building work or planning permission required. Our exquisite selection of finishes in natural timber, antique brass, iron, steel or glass can bring a hallway up to date and turn a tired old stairway into a wonderful work of art.

Want to know more? Browse our staircase designs or request a brochure to find out more about our hallway storage solutions

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Our new staircase looks fantastic. We’ve had lots of compliments and it has transformed our hallway. The whole experience was great from beginning to end, from discussing our requirements to the finished article.

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A real easy process, I would really recommend Neville Johnson to anyone. From the first phone call through to a very skilled fitter (who had to go above and beyond with our old house not having one straight line in it) it was all so easy. We couldn’t be happier that we chose to use Neville Johnson.

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From the outset of our contract with Neville Johnson, we were supported with design choices, given expert advice and all deadlines were met. Everyone was courteous, knowledgeable and friendly. The craftsmanship is superb; our staircase is now an outstanding feature of our open plan lounge.

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