There are indeed many components to consider in the design of a staircase, ranging from – what materials to use, what style of balustrading, what colour, tone and texture you want, right through to what aesthetic you are trying to achieve. Most importantly, and as staircases are often ‘big expenses’ in any home, it is important to ensure the staircase complements the architecture and interior design of the broader scheme. For example, a glass and steel design lends itself to more modern, contemporary and even minimalist interiors, whilst all timber staircases are typically a more traditional look.
However, if you are after a modern, bold yet traditional style staircase, then a variation on black and white could be for you. Thanks to Interior Designers like Mary Macdonald, Jeff Andrews and Australia’s Greg Natale we have been given some great guidance on how to achieve a look of ‘Modern Glamour’ using traditional architectural features and colours. These can often be ‘toned down’ or enhanced simply through the use of varying gloss levels or by having one colour more pronounced than the other. It is hard to get it wrong when using such strong classic colours as black and white, however as a guide for colours on your black and white staircase, I find that this is, generally speaking, the most common colour combination – black stair treads, white risers, black handrails, with white baluster and/or either a black or white newel post. Should you go for a white newel post, you can also do a black newel cap, or finial, which will make the cap appear as a seamless continuation of the hand rail. Below are a few images illustrating various existing black and white stair cases.