Modern Staircase: 13 Breathtaking Examples

Updated June 26, 2020

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The staircase can often be one of the most overlooked items in a home. Perhaps this is because many people simply view it as a functional part of a home and it can be difficult to make it unique and special.

Whether you’re about to step into a building project or you’ve wanted to rework your home layout to be more modern, we’re here to help you create a staircase that is truly breathtaking.

Creating a modern staircase is no small feat. You’ll need to work with a builder that can see your vision and offer helpful opinions and advice as you dream it up. Sustainable 9 is a premiere Minnesota modern home builder. Check out some of our projects here!

What Makes a Staircase Modern?

The design of the staircase can be very modern or contemporary. From the location of the staircase is to the way that it is shaped and the materials used to finish it, a staircase definitely has the power to take your breath away. A good staircase design will capture a room and add a lot to a house.

Types of Stairs

There are essentially eight main types of stairs offered by home designers. Each of these types can be made into a modern staircase through interior design. Here is a brief explanation of each to help you understand what some of your staircase design options might be.


A straight staircase, as the name implies, refers to a one-level staircase that leads straight to the next floor. This type of staircase won’t have any corners, just one flight up.

L Shape or Quarter Turn

This is your typical staircase with a single turn in it. Sometimes this run comes towards the bottom of the stairway and other times towards the top. Oftentimes these stairways are used as focal points for gallery walls and other similar design styles.


A winder is similar in stature to that of an L shape. The difference is that there isn’t much of a landing. Instead, the steps are cut at an angle in order to turn 90 degrees before leading to the top.

U-Shaped or Half Turn

A U-shaped or half-turn staircase does as the name implies and turns 180 degrees to face the opposite direction. These types of staircases are popular as statement pieces or space savers.

Spiral Staircase

The iconic spiral staircase winds from the floor to the next level and provides a very distinguished look.


Curved staircases are often pushed up against a wall and were common in victorian style homes. The curve upwards to the next level.


Bifurcated stairs are a bit more complex and take up quite a bit of space. These types of stairs were very common in days gone by and have since been reserved for large homes. A bifurcated stairway starts with one large and wide set of stairs and then turns midway 180 degrees to split into two smaller staircases against each wall.


Following the most complex is the most simple. A set of ladder stairs is as simple as it gets. These types of stairs are often used in libraries or other small rooms and are not common in the main areas of the home.

Modern Staircase Examples

If you came for the pictures and examples of different modern staircases, then without further ado, here are 13 modern staircase examples.

Our first example is sure to take your breath away. This spiral staircase wraps beautifully around, all with a gorgeous view.

Staircase with glass chandelier at the top.

This simple staircase offers a slight curve giving it a modern look and feel.

Straight staircase leading to 2nd level.

An exposed wood staircase offers a clean, finished look, especially when you can see through each individual step.

curverd staircase made with exposed wood.

These stairs, similar to the last ones, are a bit more flashy, but in the same way, they add a beautiful warm element to the room they’re in.

Wood spiral staircase.

We threw this one in, not because it’s modern but because we thought it deserved an honorable mention. This is a beautiful victorian style home with an exquisite white railing.

large split staircase in victorian home.

This is an excellent example of a modern staircase that has become a focal point in the room.

Modern staircase

This staircase boasts a glass railing and winds down into the lower level in a very elegant manner.

Contemporary staircase in white room.

You’ll notice that this modern and industrial staircase gives off the feeling of a ladder staircase. Building something like this in your home is a great way to add an accent.

Woman sitting in chair under wood staircase

This modern and somewhat contemporary staircase adds a beautiful element of wood and warmth to the home.

exposed wood modern staircase.

The white polls used on this staircase as railings really make it unique in a special way.

Staircase with white post.

These railings and stairs are very unique. Notice the way that they’re cut out and the way that the light shines through each step.

Exposed wood floors and wood staircase with white accent.

Another great way to make stairs and their railings accent the rest of the room is to have them in dark colors. The picture below is a great example of that.

Staircase in modern sitting room with cream furniture.

This room offers all things modern. From the wood stairs to the way that cream accents on the stairs complement the rest of the room. This one is our favorite!

white sofa beside brown staircase.

We hope that you’ve enjoyed these definitions and the list of inspiring and breathtaking staircases. If you’re looking to get started on building a home, we’d love to work with you! We’re a sustainable builder that is passive house certified and focuses on using environmentally friendly building practices.

Reach out to us today to get started!

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Edgardo T. Navarroza
Edgardo T. Navarroza
2 years ago

Beautiful staircase! Can you design a staircase for my house?


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