Published at Wednesday, November 08th 2017. by Sheree Chapman in Model Staircase.
If you have ever walked into a home with a handmade hardwood staircase you know the impact one can have. Whether it is a spiral staircase in the middle of the entranceway or a typical staircase along a wall, nothing says craftsmanship like hardwood.
As machinery began to make it easier and cheaper to produce standard lumber, and carpeting became more common, more and more homes began to be made with carpeted staircases, making the decorative hardwood staircase almost obsolete.
Adding a hardwood staircase may be slightly more expensive than a carpeted staircase, but the value it adds to a home is almost priceless. If redesigning an existing home, do not hesitate to consider an upgrade for the stairs, if new construction then there really is no other choice than a well made decorative staircase.
However as home restoration and redesign has picked up as a hobby and a way to make a living, there has been a return to the love of hardwood flooring and staircases. Many a home designer has pulled back old worn out carpet to find beautiful wood floors. These discoveries have begun a trend to have the decorative hardwood staircases restored instead of again being covered with carpet.
In cases wherein the staircase hangs from a corner, you can decorate like you would with a regular staircase just be careful not to over-decorate and remain in tune with the theme of the staircase. If its lines are clean and simple, try to keep the lines of the décor minimal, or instead of using elaborate décors, use ones with clean lines in bold colors.
The aesthetic of a staircase made of hardwood also cannot be replaced. Nothing finishes off a beautiful home like a beautiful staircase. The feel of the hardwood under bare feet is priceless. This means that not only is a hardwood staircase the perfect eye-catching addition to a home, but these staircases even improve the feel of the home.