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5 Crucial Tips for Successful Traditional Staircase Design as A Part of House Design

by Josh Maguire House Architect

Did you know that designing the staircase is included in the part of the house design? When successfully done, it changes the aura of the interiors.

The staircases are said to be the definite design feature, which produces the wow factor and bring up the needed elegant impression to your renovated home to suit your home design. Some tips are discussed here to guide you to achieve the look you prefer for your traditional style staircase.

1.  Painted Risers and Stained Treads

The stair’s step part is the tread, and to receive the traditional look, the tread should be stained.  The ideal way for accomplishing this appreciative house design for the staircase is by doing a solid wood tread. Avoiding the hardwood flooring strips is highly recommended since these will not create a lasting look to be achieved.After selecting the flooring throughout the home, you need to purchase the unstained solid wood treads and equally match them with a stain. For the white and grey stained flooring, you must be careful as it is tricky.

A clicking style flooring must be selected for the treads to be done in a laminate or vinyl. You need to request the house-designingprofessional or the floor installers for doing a square-built up pointing in this click flowing for creating the real solid wood tread appearance. A painted riser must accompany the stained tread, the part of the step rising vertically.  This look is the apt classic traditional appearance.

When your preference is an all-wood stair, then choose a wood riser.  At the same time, similar to the treads, choosing a solid wood riser, which can be stained for matching, is the best way for creating a desirable seamless look.

2.  Iron vs Painted Balusters

The vertical posts situated under the handrail are the balusters. These ought to be vertical and not more than 4 inches apart for safety purposes. While the horizontal balusters might be normally prevailing, yet these cannot be coded on the grounds of being “climbable”. Even they cannot be installed on a permitted project that is to be inspected by the city officials. The safe ways around this are glass or Plexiglas installation against the horizontal elements. A painted baluster will serve the right to achieve that traditional look. Either you may choose the detailed turned style or tapered cylinder or a simple square. An iron baluster is even suitable for the European look since these are simple or ornate as defined by your design. Everything will bring up a traditional look.

3. Stained Handrails

The stained handrails are suitable for any home owing to its practical reasons that keeping them clean and maintaining them is much easier. Wiping away the grubby fingerprints and keeping them hidden from the surface is equally easier. The stained handrails create a warm look and comfortably ties in with the selected treads.

4.  Newel Post

The principal post at the staircase’s foot is the newel post that can be painted for matching the treads or be white painted.  Both the way will be creating a traditional look. The newel post’s essential aspect is that it is large, as the small newel posts look cheap and scrawny. 

Depending on your home space, you have to find a proper 6x6 post or even a larger one whose design can be a simple one or could have a shaker detail in it. These shaker details could echo the house’s other elements. This is the exact place for tying the other millwork elements throughout your space.


5. Carpet Runner


The carpet runner is the finishing piece to the staircase and it is sacrilege to keep the solid wood treads covered, while the staircases are safer and quieter with the carpet runners. These must be set about 3 inches from each stringer or wall and run from the top riser to the bottom riser.  A runner must be complete with the border strip to upkeep its rich look. Incorporating some patterns and textures will add life to the hallway.


A bright staircase design with a remarkable traditional look even fulfills the interior house design. While the staircases and the handrails serve the safety purpose, nevertheless adding a few designs to it will make them noticeable and speak of your tastes and preferences.


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About Josh Maguire Innovator   House Architect

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Created on Oct 29th 2020 05:15. Viewed 856 times.

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