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The upstairs landing's showstopping capiz-shell chandelier from Z Gallerie provides a dose of glamour amid more simple touches.

A 100-Year-Old Farmhouse Goes Modern

This space, with stairs leading down to the basement and up to the roof deck, connects the bedroom wing to the main room of the house.

A Modern, Dramatic House

The foyer's grass-cloth walls extend up the stairwell, where decorative painter Brian G. Leaver embellished them with the fantasy of a live oak.

A Youthful Tudor House

To enhance the hacienda-inspired architecture and connect the upper terrace with the patio, Dalton designed a wrought-iron staircase.

A Global-Inspired Hacienda

2014 Washington D.C. Design House.

See How A Bold Front Door Shakes Up A Historical House

The stairwell hall serves as a mini-gallery for contemporary art, including wire insects in glass boxes.

A Greek Revival Farmhouse
  • Robin H

    I've never seen stairs painted blue, it's beautiful!

The trompe l'oeil on the walls leading up the main staircase was inspired by paintings at the Château d'Ancy-le-Franc.

A 16th-Century French Countryside Estate

Designer Thom Filicia removed the stair railing to open up the view from the entrance to the water in a New York lake house.

14 Nautical-Inspired Rooms

Reminiscent of an orangery arcade, the entry hall is flooded with sunshine thanks to lofty French doors.

A House With French Flair

First impressions count. "I think you need to make a strong statement in entry halls — to give an indicator of what you'll see in the rest of the house," Healing says.

10 Tips for A Happy Home

Designer Thom Filicia chose heavy rope in place of a traditional railing and angled the runner to reveal a hint of bare floor in the staircase of a Manhattan apartment. The runner has a subtle stripe.

How to Decorate with Stripes

A double-height window floods the second-floor stair landing with sunlight.

A Bold London Townhouse
  • ellen haffar

    Why don't I have a double window on my 2 d floor landing? Lol

Beautifully crafted stairs of interlocking walnut treads lead to the widow's walk.

A Swedish-Inspired Home

The staircase hall was inspired by the interior of a Pennsylvania Dutch barn.

A Nashville House With an Old Soul

The stairwell hall serves as a mini-gallery for contemporary art, including wire insects in glass boxes.

A Greek Revival Farmhouse

In the foyer, the classic design is jazzed up with black-and-white striped walls and a zebra print runner on the stairs.

The entrance hall, seen from the second floor, has a 1940s-style panache.

A Rich, Colorful Chicago House

The stair hall functions as a gallery. Carpet from ABC Carpet & Home.

A Townhouse with Luscious Color

Clarence House's The Vase wallpaper lines the main stairway.

A House with All-American Spirit