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A contemporary home featuring a hardwood staircase leading to the home’s second floor. The home features white walls and glass windows, along with a glass sliding door.
Primary bathroom featuring staircases with hardwood steps, surrounded by white walls and a white ceiling lighted by lined up recessed lights.
A gorgeous foyer with hardwood floors and a two-story ceiling. There’s a staircase leading to the second floor with hardwood steps. The home’s living room is on the side of the area.
A grand foyer with a glamorous staircase with hardwood steps and wooden rails. The home boasts gorgeous tiles flooring and elegantly decorated walls, along with a two-story ceiling lighted by a glamorous chandelier.
A rustic foyer featuring hardwood floors and a wooden staircase lighted by a classy chandelier.
A spacious foyer featuring hardwood flooring and white walls lighted by classy wall lights. This foyer offers a gorgeous staircase with wooden steps.
This home features hardwood flooring and white walls. It offers a beautiful staircase with hardwood steps. The entry leads to the living space on the side and to the kitchen and dining on the other side.
A gorgeous staircase surrounded by white walls. The staircase has hardwood steps matching the stair’s handrail.
This home features hardwood floors topped by an area rug where the living space furniture is set. There’s a staircase with hardwood steps leading to the home’s second floor.
Large home with a staircase featuring hardwood steps matching the flooring. The home is lighted by gorgeous wall lights and recessed ceiling lights.
A modern house featuring hardwood floors and a charming white coffered ceiling. The living space has a white sofa set and a round dining nook on top of an area rug. The home also offers a staircase with hardwood steps.
This home boasts a stunning wooden spiral staircase leading to the home’s gorgeous library with wooden bookshelves.
An entryway boasting gray walls with artistic wall decors. The entry features hardwood floors, along with a staircase with hardwood steps and a glass railing.
A spacious entry with gray flooring and white walls. The staircase on the side features hardwood steps and a glass railing, along with a stylish wall on the side.
This home features dark hardwood floors matching the steps and the handrails of the staircase. The home also has white walls and ceiling.
A gorgeous foyer featuring beautiful hardwood flooring topped by a classy area rug. The area boasts a staircase lighted by wall lights set on the yellow walls.
A spacious living space offering a cozy sofa set with a wooden center table on top of a small area rug. The area has a stylish wooden staircase as well.
A focused look at this large modern house’s staircase featuring hardwood steps and is surrounded by white walls and a white ceiling.
A look at this stunning spiral staircase from the second floor of the home. This area features a modern living space set under the home’s two-story ceiling.
A focused look at this home’s stylish staircase with hardwood steps. The home’s living space is on the right side while the dining area is on the left.
A modern home boasting a stunning staircase with tall railings and hardwood steps. The home also has hardwood flooring and a white ceiling.
A close up look at this elegant staircase made of dark hardwood material. It has classy railings.
A stylish staircase with hardwood steps, set on the side of the dining table set lighted by pendant lights.
A glamorous home with an elegant staircase featuring hardwood steps matching the handrails. The home boasts glass windows.
A modish looking staircase with dark hardwood steps. The gray walls of the home have framed wall arts on it.
A look at the home’s custom living space, featuring hardwood floors and white walls, along with a white ceiling.
An elegant foyer with a gorgeous staircase with hardwood steps matching the hardwood flooring. The area features a two-story ceiling.
A stunning foyer with a gorgeous staircase featuring hardwood steps and a two-story ceiling, surrounded by beige walls.
A look at this foyer’s curved staircase with charming hardwood steps and handrails. The home’s walls are painted with beige, along with tiles flooring.
An empty home’s foyer featuring hardwood steps matching the handrails. The home boasts light yellow walls with wall lights.
A beautiful foyer with a stunning staircase made of hardwood and has iron railings. The area features classy tiles floors topped by a red area rug.
A spacious foyer boasting an elegant staircase with elegant iron railings and hardwood steps lighted by a glamorous chandelier hanging from the two-story ceiling.
This home’s foyer features tiles floors and yellow walls, together with a gorgeous staircase with classy railings and hardwood steps.
This home’s hallway offers a marble counter and elegantly decorated floors. The area also offers a staircase with hardwood steps.
This home’s hall features hardwood flooring topped by a stylish area rug. The staircase features hardwood steps and iron railings.
A white entry with a jaw-dropping two-story ceiling with glass windows, along with a modish staircase with glass railings and hardwood steps.
A foyer boasting a classy staircase with hardwood steps and iron railings. The area is lighted by a gorgeous ceiling light hanging from the high ceiling.
A focused look at this entry’s staircase with white railings and hardwood steps matching the stair’s handrails. The home features gray tiles floors and white walls.
A rustic home boasting a staircase with hardwood steps surrounded by stone walls and a tall wooden ceiling, lighted by a large pendant lighting.
Modern home with stylish hardwood floors and a high ceiling. It also offers a modish staircase with well-polished hardwood steps and white walls.
A modern home featuring stylish flooring and a tall ceiling. The area features a gorgeous staircase with hardwood steps and hardwood railings.
A focused shot at this home’s staircase boasting hardwood steps and hardwood railing and handrail.
A magnificent-looking foyer with dark hardwood staircase, walls, and ceiling.
A simplistic entry with white walls and hardwood floors. The area also features a staircase with hardwood steps.
A spacious foyer boasting a gorgeous staircase with elegantly-designed railings. The home features tiles flooring and white walls.
A look at this home’s gorgeous staircase lighted by a grand glamorous chandelier and has an elegant wall decor on the top area of the wall.
A foyer featuring a staircase with hardwood steps and hardwood handrails, along with iron railings. The home also has a stylish rustic wall.
A rustic house featuring wooden walls, floors and ceiling, along with glass windows. The staircase is made of hardwood as well.
An empty home featuring hardwood floors and mustard yellow walls. The home has a straight staircase featuring hardwood steps and handrail.
A modern rustic home boasting wooden walls and ceiling, along with a half-turn staircase with hardwood steps and handrails.
Hardwood flooring, commonly used for staircases, is renowned for its elegance and uniform look. You can choose from oak, mahogany, maple and cherry and other finish-grade hardwoods. We have 116 photos of staircases with hardwood flooring. Regardless of the staircase design (straight, curved, half-turn, quarter-turn, etc.), you can use hardwood flooring to add a clean, traditional look to your stairs.
A minimalist Scandinavian design with a handrail against the wall for support and no newels can add to the airiness of a first-floor kitchen or dining room. More traditional staircases with hardwood flooring may have square newels, a straight banister, and straight spindles.
Types of Hardwood Flooring for Stairs
Luxury hardwood stairs don’t need additional coloring to heighten their appeal. Durable, fine-grained mahogany has a warm, even color that ranges from tan to dark brown, depending on the type of mahogany you choose. Yellow-brown teak wood has good texture and grain. Teak contains silica and natural oils, which helps repel pests.
Red Oak and White Oak are the most popular hardwood flooring. Red Oak has pinkish undertones has gold or brown/gray undertones. Red Oak contains moderate to heavy graining.
Other types of domestic hardwood used on staircases include:
- Ash – Similar to White Oak, its unique graining may be curly, wavy or straight. Color varies from white to light or medium brown.
- Beech- warm brown with reddish undertones, this hardwood has straight, tight grains.
- Walnut – Add warmth your stairs with this chocolate brown hardwood. It’s one of the softer types of hardwood, with a Janka hardness rating of 1010.
- Birch – Red Birch is golden brown with red undertones, and Yellow Birch has a creamy white color with yellow undertones. All birch tends to be fine with even curls.
- Hickory – white to a medium brown wood with variegated graining, it’s usually used in wider planks due to the busy graining.
The treads (what you step on) and risers (the part holding up each step) may be made of bare hardwood or painted for contrast. You may also place a rug runner over the treads and risers for more visual appeal, and to help prevent slippage. Putting tile on the risers is also another great way to give hardwood stairs a unique look.
Care and Considerations
Consider the following pros and cons when making your decision to choose hardwood staircases:
- Hardwood stairs are slippery, so look for another material if you have young children or older adults living in your house.
- Acclimate hardwood to your home’s atmosphere for about a week before installing it. Doing this will ensure that the wood won’t shrink when exposed to humidity in the summer months.
- Unless stained, most hardwood species are light or medium-colored.