Having a beautiful staircase is always nice. How could it not? Such a staircase will be the focal point of just about any house. Do you want to make your staircase more beautiful? If you do, our stair railing ideas here can help you.
There is a lot of stair railing variations. We include 16 in our list. See if our ideas pique your interest. Alright, let’s see them now.
Slim Stair Railing Ideas
Railings don’t need to be complex or intricate. Even ones with simple designs look great. For example, railings with long rectangular shapes as the balusters. This kind of railings makes the staircase look more interesting while at the same time keeping things simple.
If you love minimalist style, this kind of railing is ideal for you. It has sharp, defined lines, a simple shape and of course, functionality. It works even better if the stairs and treads have neutral colors.
Straight Lines Railing
The second idea in our stair railing ideas is a railing with straight lines. Yes, the balusters are parallel to the stair’s handrail.
On itself, this railing looks very simple. However, thanks to its simplicity, it is flexible and can be decorated in many ways.
For example, if the holiday or a new season is coming, you can try stair railing décor with greeneries and leaves like in the picture above. If you love seasonal decorating, this railing is perfect for you.
Thin Oval Balusters
One of the characteristics of modern décor is the use of unique shapes. If you are among homeowners who like a modern touch for their staircase, a thin railing with oval balusters like this is without a doubt good choice.
To get the best effect, paint the handrail and the treads in the same neutral color. Then, paint the balusters in a dark color like black or darker shades of brown. Due to the contrast between the neutral and the darker colors, the unique shapes are accentuated, turning them into focal points.
And speaking of stairs, how does your basement stair look like? If you haven’t figured out what to do about it yet, see our basement stair ideas to get inspiration.
Farmhouse Stair Railing Wood
Let’s move on to the next idea on our list. Unlike the previous stair railing ideas, this one is for homeowners who like to have a warm and welcoming vibe. A farmhouse railing like the above makes anyone who sees the stairs feel warm and welcomed.
The railing consists of two metal pipes painted in black or other dark colors, unfinished wood newel posts and finished wood treads. This railing can work with various interior décors and not just farmhouse décor.
Modern Stair Railing
Finished and unfinished wood look very different. The former looks more polished, while the latter looks more natural.
Due to this stark difference, some people prefer one to the other. If you like how unfinished wood look, an unfinished wood railing is your best option.
Notice how the unfinished wood railing blends well with the rest of the room. It has the same color as the floor and the treads. Moreover, the minor contrast with the wall allows the staircase to stand out.
Another thing that is often neglected from a staircase is the space under the stair. Yet, this underutilized space can be transformed to just about anything. From extra storage, bathroom, closet, to a reading nook. If you need insight, check out our under stair ideas here.
Staircase with iron Spindles
More of a chic person yourself? Try a chic railing. Compared to the previous stair railing ideas, a chic railing uses black and monochromatic colors, particularly variations of gray. A chic railing creates a unique look to the space and makes it more interesting.
For a more chic vibe, you can add a stair carpet. To get the most out of a chic carpet, choose one that has a different color from the treads. You can also choose a stair carpet with patterns as well.
Can you use more than one material to create an amazing railing? Of course, you can. There is no limitation on the number of materials you should use. The above railing, which uses wood and cables, proves that.
Multiple materials allow you to give the staircase an interesting look. For example, the above wood and cables complement each other, creating a unique-looking staircase. That’s the aesthetic side. As for the functional side, the cables prevent kids or pets from falling down.
Stained Pipe Stair Handrail
What do you think about the image above? Sometimes, the signs of wear and tear are not necessarily bad. In fact, they can add aesthetic too. The above-stained steel pipe railing is an example of that. It does look stained and old, yet it has its own charm.
Another great thing about this railing is that it is really simple. There is no baluster included. A stair handrail is enough.
Combined with finished wood treads, this simple railing looks stunning. It is among the best stair railing ideas if you want something simple but looks amazing.
Simple Pipe Stair Handrail
The previous railing is stained. This one, on the other hand, is polished. It looks glossy and very attractive. A dark-colored pipe stair handrail like this can work with just about any interior décor. Similar to the stained railing, this one doesn’t include baluster as well.
Since the railing is simplistic and doesn’t take a lot of space, you can decorate the wall near the staircase with accessories like photos or paintings without making the space feel too overcrowded. This railing works especially well with black and white stairs.
‘Vintage’ Stair Railing Décor
The next railing idea is for those who like a classy vibe, elaborate styling, and vintage look. This ‘vintage’ shows the signs of wear and tear. And yet, despite that, it still retains its elaborate styling and classy vibe. It is a good example of the saying ‘old but gold.’
Of course, you don’t have to use a railing that has been used for many years. You can achieve the same look and feel with painting it with monochromatic colors, coax it with faux rust coating and so on.
Wrought Iron Railing
The next is a wrought iron railing. Admittedly, compared to the other ideas, this railing doesn’t look as unusual. Indeed, it is a rather regular railing.
You can see that the railing just doesn’t stand out. This railing complements the rest of the space instead of being the focal point.
A railing that doesn’t stand out isn’t necessarily bad in itself. After all, in some cases, a complementary element is needed. Here, the railing is the complementary element, which completes the look of the interior.
Cables Stair Railing
This one is very different from the other stair railing ideas. Rather than using iron or wood balusters, it uses cables. As such, only the handrail and newel posts are emphasized. This gives a solid look for the staircase and at the same time, prevents kids and pets from falling.
To provide the best safety, the cables used are often made from stainless steel. They are often installed in several layers. If you need a good-looking and safe railing without making the stairs look overwhelming, this is among your best options.
Industrial Style Railing
Like the industrial style? Then an industrial style railing like the above is for you. The railing’s finished wood look blend well with the wall on the side. The white wall below highlights the railing, making it very noticeable.
Unique Stair Railing
Do you like
- an unusual-looking railing,
- wood surface, and
- both aesthetic and functionality?
If the answer is yes, then you’d want to consider this railing. As you can see, the railing looks more like a wall with holes rather than a railing.
But its shape is what makes it really attractive. You can see that the railing descends, which can be used as a handrail. Functional? Yes. Aesthetical? Absolutely.
Wood Handrail, Iron Balusters
This is another example of stair railing ideas that use more main materials. This time, it uses wood as the handrail and iron as the balusters.
While the design isn’t complicated, somehow it looks quite charming. The white background accentuates the staircase, turning it into a focal point in the room.
One of the best things about this railing is that it can be used even on a short staircase. And yet, it will look just as good as in a longer staircase.
Stair Railing Wood
The last idea in our stair railing ideas is a stair railing DIY. Don’t be mistaken, though. Despite being a DIY railing, it looks amazing. Especially, if you like a rustic railing and polished wood surface. This DIY railing is most suitable if fitted on a wall.
Since the railing is a custom made, you can style it the way you want to. Not only that, but you will also decide how much money will the railing cost. It is a great option if you want to be economical and get the kind of railing you want.