4 of the best staircase trends for 2020

As the primary feature of the home and the visual focal point of any interior, the staircase is an exquisite and fascinating structure. Here are some of the design trends you can expect to see in 2020

Cantilever staircase by Canal Architecture. Cantilever staircase with dark stained oak treads and laminated glass balustrade
(Image credit: Canal Architectural)

Staircase trends are constantly evolving and over the past few years, neutral tones and wooden styles have graced many homes across the country.

However, this year we’re seeing a shift towards rural serenity and industrial inspired tones in the interior design world. Pronounced metals with heavier antique bronze and brass finishes are becoming increasingly popular. Homeowners are inspired by the dark, bewitching surroundings of the outside world and incorporating these elements into an interior space.

Canal Architectural walk us through the top trends in staircase design for 2020.

1. Helical staircases

Helical staircase by Canal Architecture

Curved stainless steel staircase

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Arguably the most exquisite staircase design for architectural excellence with its graceful, flowing arc. The Helical staircase has no supporting column which allows the staircase to be freestanding or attached to the wall, depending on the design. The design possibilities are endless for homeowners looking to incorporate a bespoke choice of materials and styles into their design.

2. Cantilever staircase

Cantilever staircase by Canal Architecture. Cantilever staircase with dark stained oak treads and laminated glass balustrade

Cantilever staircase with dark stained oak treads and laminated glass balustrade

(Image credit: Canal Architectural)

A Cantilever staircase is also known as the ‘floating’ staircase; a slender and contemporary solution. The structure anchors at only one side to allow the protruding construction to overhang without any external bracing. These staircases are popular in contemporary properties but are also equally suited to older homes with a structurally sound wall to conceal any supporting framework. This design can beautifully twist and curve around the interior of any space within a property, from a half turn around the wall, to a quarter-turn for a truly bespoke design.

3. Open riser

Open Riser staircase in mild steel with hand stitched grey leather handrail

Open Riser staircase in mild steel with hand stitched grey leather handrail

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In 2020, the interior design world is trending towards delicate, Scandinavian styles for a contemporary feel. The Open Riser staircase also allows you to see beyond the staircase and into the space in the property, allowing natural light flow to permeate. The versatility of the open riser staircase means it’s a popular choice with interior designers looking to add a lighter and modern twist into a property.

4. Metal styles

Mild steel and timber staircase

Mild steel and timber staircase

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Unique metalwork styles and elemental tones can create a contemporary look to the aesthetic of any home. Art Deco styles are hugely popular and bespoke metal designs are making are making waves in the interior design world in 2020. In particular, twisted metal spindles will transport an individual back to one of the most influential eras of the 20th century with their striking looks and ornate details. Metal staircases can offer a limitless range of solutions, style and unique design alternatives. An array of metal treads and be incorporated as well as light emitting glass and stainless steel for that ultra-modern feel.

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