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Staircases are a functional feature of many homes, but that doesn't mean they can't be beautiful. Homes with hand-turned banisters or sleek, modern steps give the entire space a personality. When a staircase is treated to intuitive design, it has the potential to make a huge statement.We've seen gorgeous solid wood, metal spiral, concrete, minimalist and perfectly painted stairs come through the pages of Design*Sponge over the years, and we love seeing how a staircase can immediately show…

Design*Sponge Sneak Peek The open stairs sold me on this house. I may not feel the same way when we have a kid one day, but for now, they kind of hold the key to my heart. They lead up to what is essentially a lofted master bedroom. Again, I might change my tune at some point, but I like knowing what's going on in the rest of the house even when I'm up there