What are the Different Styles of Stair Railings?

Treat your staircase as one of the focal points of your home instead of just an afterthought. Thus, make sure that you choose a design that reflects your home’s interior and architectural design.

Let’s explore the most popular types of stair railing designs listed below. 

Craftsman Stair Style

The Craftsman Style combines the warmth of wood with the coldness of metal, which reflects craftsmanship, balance, simplicity, and nature.  

Craftsman Newel Posts – The Craftsman-inspired, classic mission-style newel posts exhibit simplicity and balance through their recessed panels and clean lines. The posts highlight the natural warm colors and beauty of wood grain patterns while providing anchors for the stair railing.

Craftsman Balusters – With clean lines, patterns, and contrasting texture of metals and wood, the craftsman balusters emphasize quality workmanship. 

Each patterning style provides a unique effect. For instance, complex patterns allow the eyes to rest on the panels as a whole, whereas shorter and simpler ones make the railings appear more homogenous. Meanwhile, the use of elegant rectangular patterns is a popular choice for craftsman balusters.

Craftsman Railing – The railing profile sets the overall look of your balustrade. For instance, classically styled railings exude simplicity and neatness, whereas those considered modern or avant-garde typically have a sleeker, “more utilitarian” appearance. However, both designs complement the overall look of the Craftsman style.

Modern Stair Style

The modern style favors minimalism, spaciousness, and natural light. Polished metal materials that appear “cold” such as stainless steel, copper, brass, and aluminum, are commonly found in this stair style.

The metal stairs appear more modern or even avant-garde when they come in an asymmetric shape with low-profile fixtures and fasteners. 

Modern Newel Posts – Modern railing styles commonly use minimalist newel posts that are directly attached to the floor rather than on the first step. 

Minimalist newel posts are often made of warm wood combined with cold polished metals like stainless steel or brushed nickel, creating this “subdued” look.

Modern Balusters – Modern balusters allow natural light to pass through, making the home interior appear more spacious. 

They also use contrasting colors and textured metals such as cables instead of traditional wood or heavily embellished metals. 

Horizontal cable balusters add some tinge of uniqueness and continuity to the staircase. In addition, the use of glass with stainless steel connectors has also become a popular choice since glass allows the natural light to pass through, resulting in a more spacious, airier ambiance. 

Modern Railing – Simplicity does not equate to an insipid, uninteresting design. In fact, modern handrails can serve as a focal point or even a conversation starter if they come in asymmetric shapes of metal, glass, or wood that blur the line between the railing and baluster.

Traditional Stair Style

The traditional stair style symbolizes timeless beauty and “hominess,” especially when the warm woods and metals are meticulously arranged in symmetrical proportions. 

This stair style design combines different opposing textures of wood and polished metal, which results in a welcoming, balanced look. 

Traditional Newel Posts – Meticulously carved and richly stained, the traditional newel posts create a welcoming atmosphere. In essence, these posts exhibit detailed profiles, carved work, and integration of Victorian ornamentation, which all create a mood of warmth and elegance.

Traditional Balusters – The traditional style is notable for its semi-ornate metal balusters and wooden spindles. Often, the design comes with dark metal balusters with iron knuckles or carved wooden spindles. Some designs even use them together in an interspersed pattern.

Traditional Railing – To achieve an elegant, classic look, traditional railings are combined with newel posts and balusters. 

Traditional railing, which are generally made of sculpted wood, exhibits balance and order. 

The railing’s wood tone and texture must be the same as the posts and balusters’ to achieve the traditional look. 

While the best rail style design should reflect your home’s interior and architectural design, you should also consider its functionality. After all, the railing’s practical purpose is to assist you in your climb and descent. 

To know more about rail style design and installation, call iStairs at 844-STAIR-4U

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