Generally, stair and landing railings and spindles that are available from building supply stores will be pretty mundane. Couple that with the fact that a staircase can often be a spectacular focal point in the entry of a home, and custom railings quickly surface as the obvious solution. In the photograph here, the modern architecture of the new home made these custom designed metal and cable railings the perfect choice. In a traditional setting, a good trim carpenter could create beautiful wood railings and posts, and for a Mediterranean-style home, iron or even aluminum could be a great choice. While you're in the custom-made arena, having a railing designed with a personal flair is a good opportunity to put your own stamp on your home. There are code requirements that must be met for stair and landing railings, such as the clearance between balusters and height of railings. While working within those parameters, there are many styles and themes that can come into play to create an exceptional design element in your home. When in doubt, seek the assistance of a design professional. Before you start filling your home with beautiful furnishings and art, look for ways to bring character and life to the structure of your home. This will help you create an even better backdrop for what's to come.
Scott Scherschel and Chip Vogel are designers with Interior Spaces Inc. If you have a design question for Interior Spaces, email your question with a picture to firstname.lastname@example.org. A solution to your question could be used in a future article.