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Railings - Making A Statement in Your Custom Home Design

When designing your new home, your staircase railing design should reflect its architecture and overall style. Railings serve more than just to assist you when moving from one floor to another, they are often a focal point and can make a stylish statement in your home.

As a custom home builder, we have seen a trend in more stylish and design driven stairwells. From wrought iron to painted wood, there are many styles and materials to choose from. Here are a few ideas for you to work from:


Wood railings and white balusters have an elegant, more traditional flair. White balusters keep the look bright and link well with woodwork in the same paint color. If you’re looking for drama, add a high-gloss black paint to the baluster and watch the railings pop. If timeless and traditional is what you’re seeking, cover the stair treads with a plush runner for a look that will last through the ages.


Most farmhouse designs lean towards a more rustic look with chunky weathered woods but many of the homes today are bending the rules a bit and combining rustic wood and a modern black metal and wire railing. This sleek and open approach adds an industrial flair that is unexpectedly warm and welcoming.


Ornate and beautiful woodwork is part of what makes old homes so charming, but this look is often too heavy for present-day designs. If your home is lucky enough to have beautiful carved railings, compromise by letting the natural wood grain of the railings and their carvings shine through a lighter stain while leaving the balusters white.


Contemporary homes lend themselves best to staircases and stair railings that sport crisp, clean lines. Combine wood, metals and glass to create a variety of minimalist looks. Design a floating staircase forgoing vertical balustrades or add a glass stair riser allowing light to pass through and giving your home a bright and modern aesthetic.


For a basic coastal cottage look allow your railings to blend into the architecture rather than stand out. Use a basic wood blocky balusters with simple handrails and posts and paint them white. Complement the look with a board and batten wall treatment creating a cozy cottage feel.

The list could go on and on. Your design options are endless. Employing the help of industry professional can be a really good place to start. A designer can help you choose the materials and style you need to get you the look you’re trying to achieve and assure you that you are making the right choices before you get started.

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