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Friday, June 16, 2017
8 Railings That Magically Transform Staircases
These railings are just right to instil the wow factor into any staircase.
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A staircase is like a piece of art; it can lend a focal point to any interior space. Railings can be either nominal or ornamented, simple or a bit OTT. Confused about what will work best for you? Choose the one that calls out to you from this list and let it accentuate your interiors.
1. Clear-cut materials like glass Glass guards and handrails are for the minimalists. A hidden clamping system lets you enjoy the clarity of a transparent material without any supporting post. These railings are not only quietly unobtrusive, they also add a contemporary quality to the space.
Glass works very well with wood or metal, which can be used for handrails. This staircase has been designed by Spaces Architects@ka for a house in New Delhi. Here the glass has been mounted to the stringer (the support on which the stairs rest) with the help of circular metal brackets.
2. Strung together Why not celebrate the connection of cables and posts? Like with glass guards, this design also gives a light, airy feel to a space. See here how Dipen Gada & Associates augment the overall look by adding pendant lights to match the railing.
Tip: Choose your railings carefully. If you have children or elderly persons in the house, you may want to go for a different option from the one shown in the image.
3. Alloy posts If a balustrade full of steel or ironwork is too mainstream for your taste then go for light ironwork instead, which gives a more refined appeal. What stands out in this railing design is the rhythm of repetitive vertical balusters.
Tip: Finish the metal with fine enamel colour of your choice to avoid rusting.
Alternatively, go for horizontal balusters instead of vertical ones – the contrasting orientation of the balusters with the staircase brings a certain stable look, along with a subtle tension to the space.
This railing system is a great example of how curves can transform an ordinary staircase into an element of interest. The curvatures of the banister and stringer instil a sense of movement and seamlessly guide the eye upwards.
4. Wood mystique Have a look at how architect Chitra Vishwanath uses raw wooden beams to erect a sturdy railing for a house in Bangalore. Wood adds to the rusticity of exposed earth and concrete in this setting.
The Orange Lane modelled this spiral staircase to connect two floors starting from the dining area. Monochromatic wood cladding imparts a modern and a soft touch. The central wooden pole acts as a single railing for the entire stairway.
5. Solids and voids I personally love how the shape and nature of railings here change with the change of levels. The sequential use of clear-glass and solid-wood balusters perks up a simple wooden staircase.
7. Straight and sturdy I like how the stepped, solid railing complements the straight flight staircase here. It adds to the structural stability, is very stylish, and adds to the geometrical demarcation of the living space.
8. Whimsical mixtures Bored of the straights? This creative railing is a mix of straight lines, curves and spirals. Not only the geometry, there is a variety in the materials that have been used to craft it. And it brings in so much personality to the home. Observe the two separate patches of design – the right patch with straight steps and linear guard, and the left one with an arched stringer and curvy railing.