32 Amazing Stairs That Steal the Spotlight

A staircase is not only functional, but can also serve as a beautiful centerpiece and make a strong style statement. From the dramatic and dynamic to the sculptural and sophisticated, here’s a collection of some unusual stair designs that are highly functional and a visual delight.

1. Industrial elegance

In this industrial design-inspired space, an open staircase with a minimalist triangular balustrade provides structural support. It keeps the look compact and clean without taking up visual space, which is essential in shrinking urban areas with limited square footage.

Designer: Valenti Albareda

2. Contemporary atmosphere

This gray tinted staircase borrows from the industrial style and hangs from the ceiling. The metal frame gives a feeling of privacy and gives the stairs a mysterious character.

Designer: Flavio Castro

3. Built-in shelf

The steps share the wooden tonality of the floor. The first two steps on the base level have a rounded edge, while the third step goes one step further and extends like built-in low shelves.

Designer: Hansquare

4. Contemporary sophistication

The floating wooden steps are an eye-catcher that contrasts with white walls and hangs from them. A series of vertical metal folders looks sleek. It functions as a balustrade, forms the structural support system of the stairs and creates an impressive visual effect.

Designer: Potamitis & Nicolaou Architects

5. Smooth curves

Inspired by the oasis-like landscapes of the Middle East, this staircase is a celebration of lavish grandeur with a balance between opulence and understatedity. The space is detailed with a sculpture to create a pleasing image.

Designer: Conrad Architects

6. Texture beauty

The floating staircase washed with skylights allows light to fall into the open design home and provides a fresh and airy appearance. The built-in seating and exposed brick wall create a peaceful in-between space.

Designer: Azimetri Design

7. Contrasting wood

Inspired by Scandinavian minimalism, the spiral staircase exudes a calm atmosphere in the interior. The white staircase combines wooden steps and herringbone floor patterns to give a fresh and airy look.


8. Triangular Elegance

Set around a triangular stairwell, this staircase has a dramatic quality with its symmetrical steps that intersect on the landing. The green marble handrail forms a beautiful contrast with the white marble floor and thus forms an interesting composition.

9. Spiral staircase

Check out the interplay of color and cut-outs in this beautiful spiral staircase. The bright green tones of the railing and the tall houseplant create a nature-inspired atmosphere in this neutral space.

Designer: Aamir & Hameeda

10. Built-in lighting

Linear strips of LED lighting create a luxurious atmosphere in each tread and create an interesting pattern. The glass balustrade provides visual lightness and completes the look.

Designer: Bellisi Design

11. Angular composition

A grand stairwell consists of a double staircase that converges on a central landing to form a spectacular geometric composition. A large industrial style sculptural light adds depth and dimension to the space.

Designer: Newsam Construction

12. Floating Steps

The wooden steps seem to float in the air, while the glass balustrades provide visual transparency. The modern, functional and sophisticated design makes a spectacular style statement in this open design home.

Designer Silvia Vanzini Architetto

13. Abstract composition

The flowing shape of this staircase is an intricate form of engineering and a beautiful work of art. It’s a great way to bring a dramatic and playful atmosphere to the room.

Designer: SIPAL.WAFAI.Architecture

14. Texture effect

These slim concrete floating steps look like a seamless part of the hardscape and contrast well with the stepped waterfall in black. The layered effect of each tread is enhanced with diffused light, while the concrete steps are softened with an outline of multicolored hydrangeas.

Designer: Ed Hollander, Leeroy Street Studio

15. Steep ladder

Bold and steep, a series of triangular wooden boxes are stacked on top of each other to form a ladder staircase while adding a sculptural quality.

Designer: Gabriella Gustafson & Mattias Stahlbom

16. Zen Effect

These floating stairs add visual drama to the outdoors and create a striking composition. Surrounded by trees and lots of greenery, this all-white concrete staircase is like a Zen art installation.

Designer: Coolabah Landscapes

17. Beauty in travertine stone

This travertine staircase adds to the calm, relaxed atmosphere of this space. The graceful curves on one side of the staircase combine with the cream and brown tones of travertine stone to enhance the tranquility of the space.

Designer: TJAD

18. Ribbon shape

Designed from a continuous sheet of metal, this open staircase creates an interesting pattern that exudes simplicity, while the sculptural form displays a stark materiality as one moves up and down this space.

Designer: HSH Architects

19. Pure Geometry

Each metal tread has an angular shape that protrudes cantilevered from the wall, appearing to float in space. They are welded into the wall on steel plates to ensure the structural stability of the steps.

Designer: APOLLO Architects & Associates

20. Organic Swirl

The large, wooden steps are encased in a smooth white body of the spiral staircase to create a captivating look. The woody tones of the chevron floors continue with the steps and risers to complete the look.

Designer: Steven Harris Architects

21. Sculptural Wood

Clean, rounded and unique, each tread has an organic sculptural quality that gives a light and airy feel. Some steps move further to provide support as the handrail continues to form more steps on the top stair.

Designer: Arquitectura and Movimiento Workshop

22. Form over function

This staircase revolves around a beautifully carved pole and shows a striking combination of materials and shape. With a minimalist sculptural shape, it transforms into a show-stopper element that draws attention to its curves.

Designer: YDDG

23. Warm wood tones

The flowing shape of the wooden staircase creates a dynamic atmosphere in the open space. The rich tones of wood add warmth to the overall decor of the room.

Designer: The Purple Ink Studio

24. Biophilia

The sculptural wooden staircase deserves a lot of attention and brings a touch of biophilia to the room. It connected each step with vertical wooden panels. The courtyard garden and natural light add softness and complete the look. This staircase cleverly creates a solid design without visually overwhelming the space.

Designer: Anna Kobialka

25. Wood and glass

With a perfect mix of different materials, the individual steps of this smart and contemporary staircase design are connected by a single wooden vein under each step. The glass balustrade gives a sense of visual lightness to the overall design of the staircase.

Designer: Mark A Silva

26. Origami-inspired stairs

Inspired by origami or the art of paper folding, the artisan design of the stairs adds a playful atmosphere to the interior. In addition, the floating spiral design gives a sense of movement and dynamism to the space.

Designer: ArchitectsTM

27. Showstopper Design

The C-shaped spiral staircase starts from the ceiling and continues to the floor. Contrasting shades of brown wood with black along the stairs and lots of indoor plants freshen up the look of this space and are a spectacular design feature.

Designer: SIPAL.WAFAI.Architecture

28. Abstract Masterpiece

From its swirling shape to the curved convex railing and wedge-shaped steps, this metal staircase revolves around curves, lending a decorative quality to the space. Just look at how this staircase blurs the line between art and function.

Designer: Sabrab

29. Ribbon-shaped design

The alternating ribbon-like structures in shades of white and brown act as steps and handrails, creating a dynamic geometric pattern.

Designer: Andrii Ortynskyi

30. Bright in orange

This bright and cheerful orange staircase ensures that climbing up and down this spiral staircase is cheerful. It effortlessly adds character to the neutral tones of this space.

Designer: Martin Dulanto

31. Perforated Staircase

The perforated staircase adds quirkiness and vibrancy to the space, making a bold architectural statement. The holes in the body let light through and seem to hang from the ceiling.

Designer: Michaelis Boyd

32. Dramatic Centerpiece

This cascading staircase doubles as a work of art in this dining space. It forms an extraordinary architectural element and adds a sense of drama to this spacious open plan design home.

Designer: Dieter De Vos

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