Stairway to heaven: Dreamy staircases we’re loving

Custom staircase designs are having a moment in the spotlight. Everything from cantilevered floating stairs to steel balustrades and leather handrails is proving popular design choices with renovators.

Here are some of our all-time favourite staircases to inspire you.

Gold leaf detail

Luxury at its very best. Picture:

‘Palazzo Georges’ is sheer elegance at its very best, complete with a classic staircase featuring gold leaf detailing and – as is typical in many a dreamy mansion – a hanging chandelier.

While there’s an internal elevator in this Sydney-based waterside gem, who’d take the lift when you can take those glorious stairs?

Concealed frameless glass

This seamless, cantilever timber sleeper staircase is a super fresh, modern and clean look for any contemporary home. We especially love the frameless glass look.

Feature wall

Raw, natural elements are playing a huge role in design choices this year, from terrazzo flooring to raw oak timber tones, and staircases are no different.

This elegant, designer property in Hope Island, Queensland, shows just how epic a feature wall can look when paired with a stairway.

Glass, timber and a stone feature wall create an elegant staircase. Picture:


Ah, those curves. It’s no wonder George Clooney and wife Amal reportedly bought this super luxe condo in a luxury Manhattan development late last year.

The One Hundred East 53rd Street building is designed by architect Norman Foster and will feature a range of designs for the 94 units and condo apartments, including this sexy, curvy staircase. The building is expected to be completed this year.

This dramatic staircase is set in a luxury Manhattan building. Picture:

Made with slate

The main entrance of this Fannie Bay home in Darwin features a ‘gone-with-the-wind’ slate staircase that travels up to the first and second floors.

At the top there’s a skylight from which you can see the stars at night.

Slate never looked so good. Picture:

Timber floating stairs

Designed by architect George Clarke, this beautifully light and modern white floating staircase helps to create a sense of airiness and space. We love the seamless combo of crisp white, pale timber and glass.

Grand scale

This seriously luxe property at 10250 West Sunset Boulevard in LA lays claim to featuring (a very small) 17 bedrooms and 22 bathrooms.

As soon as you step foot inside the foyer, all eyes are on this grand staircase – and yes, there’s a token chandelier again.

The house, called Maison Du Soleil, was designed in the 1930s by architect Paul Williams, who created classic Hollywood homes for the likes of Frank Sinatra and Lucille Ball.

Just one of the grand staircases in the home. Picture: Hilton & Hyland

Originally published as Stairway to heaven: Dreamy staircases we’re loving by Kristy Barratt. Author at