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Standout Staircases: Cool, clean and oh-so contemporary – Meet our 2023 Staircase of the Year

If you’ve longed to embrace the timeless trend for darker tones in your hallway, but struggled to find a look that oozes style, warmth and depth and still allows light to flow freely, our newest statement staircase is the ideal option.

Often the single largest piece of furniture in our houses, our staircases are a key factor in creating that all-important first impression for our homes.

The way our hallway looks and feels is not only an indicator of our style in that space, but also of how the rest of our property is likely to flow, so ensuring it looks good is important whether we’re planning to sell our home or not.

Here, by combining cool contrasts with elegant, contemporary styling and plenty of minimal glass, our experts have designed a stunning piece sure to create a perfectly balanced welcome to any modern home for many years to come.

Join us as we take a closer look…

Traditional timber – with a sophisticated twist

If you’re a lover of natural materials, fine things and time-honoured craftsmanship, timber is the perfect choice for you – but how to bring this classic material up-to-date?

The answer here lies in the ingenious mixing of colourways by our design experts.

So dark as to be almost black, our deep, sultry Jacobean oak finish has a wonderful patina and a subtle sheen that helps to bounce light back into the space around.

By using this cosseting colour for almost the entire design, but adding in a warmer tread in traditional oak, not only is extra visual interest created by this most subtle of contrasts – but it also brings the whole look into the modern age with a bang.

Glass, glass and more glass

One of the biggest concerns we see from clients when it comes to introducing dark tones into their hallways is the perceived loss of light.

After all, few entrance spaces are blessed with an abundance of natural light, and so it can seem daunting to do anything other than bring in pale neutrals.

But, by pairing our slimline Molto balustrade with the clean simplicity of inline glass panels, our design experts have ensured that every ounce of daylight will filter unencumbered through the space, maximising the natural light from both the landing window above and the front entrance.

Painted Risers and Handrail

One of our favourite design touches to this statement staircase is the almost-complete colourwash, matching the dark tones of the Jacobean oak from the newels to the trims; the handrail to the painted risers.

Here, painting the risers is a particularly effective touch. The riser is the vertical position between each tread. Because it faces you when you approach, it’s the part which naturally draws the eye – making it ripe for decoration.

As well as maximising the impact of this dramatic colour scheme, this choice illustrates just how bespoke our designs can be.

With each element of our handcrafted staircases custom-made here in the UK to your unique style and design choices, you have complete control over how your finished design will look and feel.

Thanks to our wide range of high quality options, you can choose from materials like glass, steel and timber, finishes ranging from painted, timber and decorative and a 60+ colour palette to achieve the look of your dreams.

Cherwell Grove Newel

To finish the design, it was key that our design experts chose the perfect newel posts to anchor this simple, minimalistic look.

Enter our Cherwell Grove newel. With its smooth, subtle lines, it’s the ideal choice for anyone looking for a clean, understated option to bring a design together with the minimum of fuss, but with maximum impact…

No mess, no fuss, no building work

… And minimum fuss and maximum impact is exactly what we aim to deliver throughout your whole Neville Johnson experience!

With over three decades of experience in the industry, we are proudly the UK market leaders in staircase renovations. Our talented team are experts in creating bespoke staircases that not only transform the heart of your home, but also add value to your property for the future.

Because we use the structure of your existing staircase as a base, we’re able to transform the majority of staircases in 1-2 days with no plastering, joinery works, building or planning required.

Each of our staircase renovations is designed with flair by our experts, handmade with care by our time-served craftspeople and fitted with precision by our talented installation teams.

We use only the highest quality materials, and manufacture everything right here in the UK. And every installation comes backed with a 10-year guarantee for the ultimate peace of mind. To discover more of our stunning staircase transformations, request your free brochure here.

Alternatively, click here to request a design visit and begin your Neville Johnson journey straight away!