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Staircases are often the first thing we see when walking into a home. Still, they’re often overlooked when it comes to renovating and redesigning. Of course, a well-designed kitchen, dining room, and bedrooms can make an enormous difference to the feel of your space, but a beautiful staircase can be even more impactful.
It isn’t always necessary to pull down your existing staircase and replace it with a new one. In many cases, a sound staircase structure is a perfect base for all manner of design ideas. The one you choose will depend on your existing staircase’s layout and your personal taste in interior design.
Design Ideas for Wooden Staircases
There are many different staircase types, including straight, curved, l-shaped, and imperial. Wooden staircases work well when they showcase a high-quality natural grain in a design that suits their space. If you want to get creative with your wooden staircase design, it’s a good idea to focus on the style of your treads and risers – the horizontal and vertical surface of each step – and balustrades, also called bannisters.
Traditional Wooden Stairs
Traditional wooden staircases stretch straight up from the hall to the landing. Choose a type of wood that suits your taste and home, and enjoy both wooden treads and risers all the way up. These staircases work with wooden, glass, or metal railings.
Curved Wooden Stairs
Wood is an ideal choice for a curved staircase design, which changes direction in a continuous flight. Curved stairs are striking and timeless; selecting high-quality wood for this type of staircase helps enhance a hallway even more. Choose wooden railings for a traditional finish, or opt for metal to create a striking design feature.
Choosing Materials for Wooden Staircases
The type of wood you choose for your staircase can significantly influence the look and feel of your finished hallway. Light-toned woods, like timber and oak, create a beautiful, airy feel, while dark-stained oak and walnut can be breathtaking in larger hallways.
Wooden bannisters compliment these staircases thanks to their seamless continuation of the same colour and texture. Oak, timber, or walnut wood bannisters are a traditional choice, perfect for elegant home designs.
Glass and Wooden Staircases
Sleek glass panelling is an excellent way to modernise a wooden staircase. The beauty of natural wood and glass combined works well no matter what the style of your home.
Metal and Wooden Staircases
For a contemporary take on a wooden staircase, choose steel or brass for your balustrade design. Strong metal spindles can be set into a wooden base, creating an eye-catching finish that ages beautifully. Add integrated lighting to draw even more attention to this unique staircase.
If you need help planning your perfect staircase, request a brochure online and browse our bespoke ideas. Or arrange your free design visit; our professional designers will assess your space and work closely with you to design your dream staircase.
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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.
Mr & Mrs Begbie, Hampshire
From the initial meeting with the senior designer to discuss our needs, to the surveyor and then the installer, we were extremely delighted with the end result. The installation process went without any problems. All the staff were very professional and we would recommend Neville Johnson without hesitation.
Rosalind Tunnicliffe, Solihull
From our initial enquiry to the completion of our staircase, we have found all the members of the team at Neville Johnson to be very helpful, courteous and professional in all our dealings. The staircase has transformed our living space. We have been very impressed with this company from start to finish and would not hesitate to recommend them.
Pauline Treston, Northumberland
The room is transformed and has been hugely admired by family and friends. I was pleasantly surprised by the attentive and courteous client care – everything went according to plan and nothing seemed too much trouble. They were in regular contact before and after the installation. I would highly recommend Neville Johnson to anyone wanting to transform a room.
Cherry Murdoch, London
From contacting the company to the point where the cupboards were fitted I was impressed by the whole process. The initial salesperson that visited was knowledgeable and helpful. I would certainly use Neville Johnson again and highly recommend this company.
Mrs S. D, Lincolnshire
I cannot recommend this company enough. From first contact we received very high quality service. We were informed as to everything that was going on, which was backed up by the necessary paperwork, plans and phone calls. The fitter was competent and the work he did we can’t fault.
Mrs K Holroyd, Wrexham
From the moment the brochure was delivered, I was optimistic that we were buying quality. I wasn’t disappointed. All contact made was courteous, polite and clear, with phone calls confirmed by email. In short, we’re really thrilled with our library and it was effortless from start to finish.
Alison Cole, Swinton
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.
Judith Scorer, Stockport
From the initial contact with the company to the completion and installation everything was utterly professional; we have no hesitation in recommending the company to anybody. We are so pleased, that Neville Johnson is returning to install a new staircase!
Mr and Mrs Thorpe, Radcliffe
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.
Richard Smith, Surrey