What most homeowners fail to see and oftentimes overlook is the stair design. Many think that a stair’s design will not affect the whole theme of the house, but what they did not see is that the stairs can also be decorated and styled according to your own personal touch. Expressing yourself through your very own design for your stairs will somehow give you a sense of individuality and not to mention uniqueness to your home.
If you are a fan of the natural look and love the great outdoors, then wooden stairs will definitely fit your taste and your personality. Aside from the fact that it costs relatively cheaper as compared to the other materials used for making stairs, it lends simple and casual look to any home. You can chose from a variety of wood available, like oak, cherry, and maple. Hardwood definitely looks best in large stairs, especially when paired with iron balusters. The understated elegance exuded by a hardwood staircase makes it a favorite among homeowners.
If you are all for the modern edged look, then iron should be one of the choices of material for you to use in your staircase. Most modern homes incorporate iron stair parts into their stair design. Other mix and match iron with glass stair parts to come up with a very edgy and futuristic look. Usually dark colors are used in modern stairs. A rising fad in modern homes is the floating stairs, wherein you can see only the stair tread protruding through the wall. This type of stairs is very technical and requires the expertise of an engineer or an architect. Although it has a very high aesthetic appeal, safety is also an issue, so the floating stairs is not recommended for homes with children living in it. Another favorite are the spiral stairs which is best to use for areas with limited space. This type of stairs is usually factory made and just arrives at your doorstep ready for installation.
Another ingenious way to really customize the stairs is to paint it. This is especially true for homes with an eccentric appeal. Choose paint that is non-slip and one that will not fade or chip easily. You can choose a color that will compliment the design of your home. Or for an added twist, you can paint it in a bright color such as red or blue, to help liven up a dull and boring room. Painting, as opposed to varnishing, is different. Painting is when you put color. While varnishing is just enhancing the current color and grain of the wood.