What is a modern staircase?
It’s a staircase type, or more specifically, a style. There are several attributes. They include simple, clean lines, alternative materials such as steel, cable and glass (often used with wood) and alternative design elements such as modified stringer and riser designs (see our parts of a staircase to learn more).
We’d be remiss if we didn’t include in our definition what it’s not. It’s not ornamental such as spindles and curves. It’s not curving or grand; instead usually straight or in a switchback style.
There is no single design that is modern, as you’ll see below. We feature a huge collection of modern staircases in our gallery below and while the designs vary widely, they all fall under the modern style.
A. Modern Staircases with Modern Stair Railings
Quintessential modern grey stairs with steel banister and railing (straight staircase design)
See entire house by FINNE Architects
Circular white, steel and glass modern staircase
Soaring 3/4 turn modern stairs
See floor plan for above house.
Shallow-sloped straight modern wood stairs with glass railing
See entire house by Guillem Carrera Studio
Modern Switchback with Horizontal Metal “Cable” Style Modern Railing
Black Modern Stairs with Black Railing in a Modern-Style Mountain Home
Dark contemporary wood rustic stairs with modern black steel railing leading to open landing
Glass railing switchback modern staircase
Modern light wood with full-length vertical white railing by Taylor Smyth Architects
See entire home by Taylor Smyth Architects
Modern wooden staircase with contemporary railing
White metal mesh-style circular modern staircase by Open Architectes
See entire house by Open Architectes
Underlit wood staircase in enclosed hallway style rise by SAOTA
Modern metal stairs with metal cable style railing in a half-turn configuration
With lights and modern glass railing
Beautiful modern steel railing with light wood stairs (switchback style)
Modern stair railing
Modern spiral stairs
Modern loft stairs
B. Modern Staircases without Railings
Modern staircases often are without railings. It’s part of the minimalist look. Check them out:
Fabulous suspended modern staircase without railing against wall with built-in shelving
Quarter turn modern stairs with no railing
See above home by Muuk Architecture.
Minimalist wood modern stairs without a railing
See this home by Luc Plante Architecture and Design
Suspended half-turn modern black staircase with no railing on bottom half (glass railing on upper portion) by SAOTA