How to introduce a modern staircase to a period home

Mixing modern and period styles is a challenge many homeowners baulk at, but as Blueprint Joinery points out, there are plenty of examples as to how pushing the boundaries and fusing together contemporary and retro flairs can create a pleasing living space. The staircase, for example, sees a lot of traffic on a daily basis as residents and guests travel between floors of the household. Almost symbolic in its use, when designed correctly the staircase can bridge the gap between old and new – joining together classic and contemporary design.

Traditionally, stairs feature thick wooden spindles supporting a varnished handrail alongside cladded steps. Simple yet effective, staircases see many a grand entrance as hosts greets their guests. A status symbol which glues all the pieces of the home together, while staircases have never taken centre stage, they are routinely nominated for best supporting role – the Walter Brennan of interior design. Moving through time, as styles evolve and what is classed as modern transitions into classic, staircases too have changed. In contemporary design, it is not uncommon to find materials such as glass and metal incorporated into staircases – and, done right, this modern twist culminates in a tasteful, yet understated finish.

When installing a modern staircase into a period home, you should ensure that the style you choose is in the same design family as the rest of the house. Keep wood as your basis for the staircase, and perhaps add glass panels for a modern edge. Not only will your new staircase stay true to its roots, but the glass panels will allow light to travel more freely around the home, therefore reducing your reliance on artificial lighting. A classic design with a contemporary twist, this feature will provide a touch of individuality to your home. When adding any modern feature to an older property, make sure that the piece showcases the evolution between the two eras, as otherwise it can look terribly out of place.

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