Handrail Design: There is More to it Than Meets the Eye

When it comes to the design of a new staircase or the refinishing of an older staircase, there is more to consider than what initially meets the eye. Not only do you need to think about the staircase itself, but the entire unit, handrails included! The handrails, quite often looked over initially, are a large part of the overall look and feel of the finished staircase. Taking a few minutes to dig deeper into the color, style, and material of your new handrails can help you in choosing the best look for your new or redesigned staircase.

Shape and Style:
Looking across pages of popular magazines and trendy home design websites, certain handrail styles seem to be more prevalent than others. Images of modern, urban, and industrial-like handrails are popping up everywhere! There is an abundance of love for sleek, modern designed handrails, and for good reason. Not only does this style show appreciation for the popular minimalist “less-is-more” approach to design, but it allows the eye to easily follow it’s clean, smooth lines, making it very aesthetically pleasing. And today’s modern handrail is definitely all about clean and simple!

Popular handrails in today’s market are rich in color, with both light and dark colors as options. Dark iron is ever popular as well as rich wood colors such as warm mahogany, earthy oak, and glossy black. Some homeowners choose to keep the handrails extremely simple with a mellow monochromatic option that blends into the surroundings, while others choose the opposite route, and highlight the handrail almost in an artist way.

The modern handrail can be seen in almost any material imaginable. The most popular materials are wood and iron, but more and more homes are seen using a combination of wood and glass or wood and wire to form handrail systems. Whatever material chosen, one should consider the overall look and feel of the staircase and the surrounding rooms (and lighting!) when deciding on the material for a handrail.

With all of the basic handrail concepts thoroughly thought through, the job of deciding on what modern handrail system is best for your new or remodeled staircase will be much easier! Start by looking thorough your favorite magazines and online websites for good examples of each of the concepts mentioned above. And if you still are having a hard time deciding, choose the simpler of the many options!

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