Thursday, October 20, 2011

Traditional White and Dark Wood Staircases

(via Better Homes and Gardens)
Staircases are a prominent and striking feature in a home.  Those with painted white risers and dark stained treads and handrails are a trademark of traditional and elegant design.

The gently arched doorways in this lovely foyer enhance the silhouette of the curved staircase with its classically turned balusters and softly rounded, bottom stairs.     
(via Lux Furniture Design)
Balustrades with squared newel posts and unadorned spindles are well suited for a home with a more transitional design style.
(via Pinterest)
This gorgeous central staircase is layered with a soft and simple wool runner, effectively muffling the sound of footsteps as well as protecting the finish on the treads and risers.
(McIntyre Capron Architects)
The home of Jennifer Lopez is soft and sophisticated, its long, sweeping staircase accentuating the feeling of quiet, gracious elegance.   
(via Veranda Magazine)
Rich, cherry hardwood floors blend seamlessly with dark stained newel posts and handrails, highlighting the beautiful white millwork found throughout this stately home.
(via Better Homes and Gardens)
Delicate white spindles emphasize the soaring height and second story balcony in this grand and gorgeous space.
(via Archzine)
The crisp, linear profile of the staircase and panel molding allows the dramatic chandelier in this stunning foyer to take center stage.
(via Charm-and-Design)
I love the striking contrast of a white and dark wood staircase.  It's a timeless design element in a traditional home, destined to beautifully endure the test of time. 



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