About Those Stairs: Clever Designs & Ideas

From beautiful contemporary looks to creative storage solutions underneath, the staircase is taking center stage in many of today’s homes. Below you’ll find eight images that illustrate just what we mean. Form and function meet in beautiful ways. Please enjoy!


 Staircase as art. Sometimes a staircase is so artfully designed that we simply see the beauty and totally forget it’s functional too.

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An infusion of color.  We love this little sitting area near the stairs. With lovely touches of blue (and pattern) that start on the floor and continue up the stairway, it’s a beautiful look.

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Wow, just wow! What a fantastic idea this is. The staircase creates a bridge-like effect that’s both whimsical and stunning.

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Under the stairs gallery wall. Black and white with a light and delicate feel, this space is irresistible.

Stairway pantry.  A traditional staircase conceals this a treasure–a roomy kitchen pantry and roll-about storage cart.

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Chic bar nook. Underneath this staircase is the perfect spot for a home bar with beverage fridge.


Form and function. This staircase with a twist literally takes a turn that catches the eye and fascinates.

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Perfect powder room. What a clever use of space. A tiny powder room is tucked underneath this staircase in an area that is often forgotten and goes unused.

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Opposites Attract: Black and White Interiors

With the biggest contrast on the visible color spectrum, black and white symbolizes opposition.  However, like many things in this world, opposites attract.  When combining the two colors in living rooms, bedrooms, or other rooms in the home, it can create a dynamic looking space that is both clean and contemporary,  yet also displays a sense of sophistication and elegance.

If you want a simpler look for your home rather than applying the color blocking trend, using black and white as dominant colors can really help you kick start that effort. Here are some exemplary designs using the contrast of black and white.

Black and White Living Room

The clean lines of the black furniture is accentuated by the use of white walls and floors.

White Sofa with Black Decor

Sporadic black trims along with neutral hues throughout the decor gives the room a fresh contrast.

Black Chalkboard

A black chalkboard is a great way to incorporate the black and white concept by adding a unique characteristic.

Zebra Print Rug

Animal prints are a great way to give a black and white space personality.

Black and White Bedroom

Wall art can further enhance the look of this contrasting style.

Black and White Kitchen

A white counter top paired with black cabinets and retro stools give a clean space for this kitchen.

Black and White Bathroom

This black and white space delivers a unique twist with the patterned rug.

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