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Our top five staircase design trends for 2020

A new year is upon us, so we’ve had a look at the bespoke staircase designs we’re currently working on and come up with our top five stair design trends for 2020. These are the staircase design ideas we think architects and interior designers will be asking us about most over the coming year.

So, here’s our top five predictions on future staircase design trends.

1) Make way for the balustrade

Overwhelming all the answers in the office started with balustrade whereas last year we were looking at glass as the most popular choice and we believe structural glass balustrades on stairs with no posts and no handrails will still be popular. The trend we are really seeing in homes and offices is full height steel plate balustrade that creates seamless curves and sweeps. This style is not for the faint hearted it creates a dramatic impact and works really well on spiral staircases.

See our Halesowen college case study for an example.

2) Close those risers

Last year open risers that helped diffuse light were one of the top stair design trends especially in floating stairs, which are still an interior design classic. We believe closed risers will be making a return in 2020.

This staircase design idea works well with a saw tooth effect stringer a definite re-occurring style in the factory at the moment. Closed risers create more privacy and rather than add to an open plan effect with the right balustrade they can section off spaces within an interior design plan.

3) Grey is the new white or is it bronze?

The pantone of the year may be classic blue but here we’re seeing a re-emergence of grey, anthracite grey RAL 7016 has been popular this year especially combined with glass and stainless steel. We think this will still be a stylish choice but bronze finishes on metalwork are also making a comeback especially on traditional balustrade in Georgian and art deco styles which suit mixed metallic finishes, rounded shapes and geometric lines.

See our ADT workplace case study for an example of how the use of bronze can really make an impact.

4) Stately home style flared bottom treads

We believe our helical or curved staircases designs will have a more traditional style to them this year. With gentle curves that flare at the base creating that classic stately home entrance staircase design. Tailor this with ornate spindles and a timber handrail and you have a glamorous film set style stair ready to welcome visitors.

5) Let there be light!

Well after all we’ve said you might put your hands up in exasperation at the idea of light and white but our concrete spiral staircases are still very popular in fair colours and we believe there will still be a place for the beautiful glass balustrade and pale stone or concrete tread staircase in 2020.

The neutral tones suit any interior style and feed in nicely to the mindful and wellness designs that are said to explode in popularity this year.

So, there you have it the Spiral UK team’s top five stair design trend predictions for 2020. Lets make it a good one.

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