Examples of staircase designs include a sculptural staircase, concealing, big city and grand entrance. Other designs are side staircases and stairs that feature storage space.
A sculptural staircase features elements that make it look like a piece of art such as a spiral design and intricately designed railings. These staircases often combine materials such as wood, metal and drywall. Concealing staircases feature painted wall coverings that are designed to conceal doorways to places such as basements, cellars or storage closets.
A big city staircase is a design that uses thick wooden slabs for the stair treads. This type of design often has a country feel, but when done with clean-lined risers, it creates a contemporary look. A grand entrance staircase widens as it flows into the grand foyer and creates a smooth transition between the floors. Crown molding applied to the walls of the foyer adds to the dramatic look.
Side staircases are built to the side of the front door. This design enables guests to see more of the first floor upon entry. Using the same type of wood that's on the floor of the entry room for the stair treads and railing blends the spaces together nicely. Storage staircases feature hidden drawers and cabinets or recessed niches for stowing items such as backpacks, shoes and baskets.