Fancy Flights of Stairs

The right railing system can help you step up style and function in your home.
By: Susan Millar Perry
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Photo By: Krause, Johansen

Photo By: Krause, Johansen

Photo By: Tim Street-Porter

Mix It Up: This elaborate woodwork intermingles cutout panels with spindles of various designs.
Tie the Look Together: The wood handrail, spindles and newel posts are all painted bright white for consistency.
Duplicate Details: The carved wainscot links the landing and inner stairwell to the paneled foyer.

Photography by Alexandra Rowley

Create Variety: This balustrade meshes boxy newel posts and spindles with spheretopped caps.
Go Monochroma Tic: Wood-paneled walls that match the stairway create a unified, soothing appeal.
Add Stylistic Flair: Newel posts with Arts and Crafts-style cutouts echo the shape of the spindles.

Photography by Brian Vanden Brink

Vary Hues: This dark-stained wood balustrade offsets the white paneling and bright yellow walls.
Incorporate Geometry: Whitepainted wood paneling with square and rectangular molding plays off the beadlike forms of the spindles and posts.

Photography by Eric Roth

Mix the Motifs: This wrought-iron balustrade combines ornate scrollwork with turned spindles.
Infuse Warmth: Wooden treads soften the dark, cool look of the metal balustrade.
Make a Statement: The black balustrade stands out against white walls.

Photograhy by Tim Street-Porter/ Beateworks/ Corbis

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