Modern stair railing ideas

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Modern stair railing ideas
Old stair railings are often replaced with sleek, contemporary railings. (stairs image by drawos from

In most cases, the staircase is the focal point of a home. The right railing can be a great way to add a design element to your home as well as a good safety measure. Many homeowners are deciding to replace their current railings with sleek, modern railings. These come in various types, depending on what kind of stairs they will be attached to.

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Metal Railings

A metal railings is the most common modern railing design because it fits into any contemporary home and decor. Often a railing is as simple as a metal bar connected to thin metal supports. Generally, they are seen on spiral staircases, and they should only be used on stairs made from anything other than wood. If you are looking for something sturdy and contemporary, metal railings are an inexpensive but effective option.

Wooden Railings

Wooden railings add a contemporary but elegant and warm feeling to your decor. A wooden railing never really goes out of style. This type of railing is popular with wooden stairs, and it is often made of oak, which is sturdy enough to hold up the balustrade (upright slats of the staircase) and the weight of a person standing on it. Consider matching the stair railing to the colour of your wooden floors.

Wooden and Metal Railings

For a versatile look, combine wood banisters and railings with metal uprights. Many more design options are available when using metal uprights because they are strong no matter their thickness. Metal uprights can be straight or ornate to fit into the style of the home. This is an inexpensive way to get a more modern look with a wooden staircase and a great way to incorporate design elements into your home.

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