Add A Touch Of Distinction To Your Home

In order to save money, many people who build a home are reluctant to purchase items of high quality to accentuate their home’s attractive features. While you may be able to get by using standard quality fixtures or curtains, you want to think twice before choosing pieces for your staircase.

Today’s homes are known for their large foyers and sweeping staircases. Not only is the staircase a crucial function in this type of home, but it is also a focal point. Because of this, you will want to choose high quality items while designing or re-finishing your staircase.

Even if you don’t have a large foyer or a sweeping staircase, chances are that your staircase is still a focal point in your home. In other words, your eye is instantly drawn to the staircase when entering or exiting the home.

One way to add a touch of distinction to your home, is to use high quality wood when creating your staircase. If wooden staircases don’t appeal to you, then you may be able to use other materials like iron or metal. Some homeowners have created a strong design statement by carpeting the stair case in an attractive color.

If you are remodeling a historic home, you should take care to preserve the existing newel post and refinish the piece if at all possible. If this is not something that can be done, you may be able to order a replica of the piece from a craftsman who specializes in creating unique wooden home furnishings.

The newel post is very important. Not only does the post serve an important structural function, but it also adds a nice decorative touch to the staircase. The newel post can be functional, whimsical, or decorative depending upon your preferences and the decor of the house.

A carved newel post can create a sense of old world charm in a home adorned with antiques, while a metal post can blend in very well with modern furnishings. In fact, it may be difficult to settle on just one type of newel post.

If your post is wood, you will also need to decide on a stain or paint color. The newel post color should either be the same as the rest of the wood on the stair case or it should be a contrasting color.

For example, if your home is decorated with blue and yellow colors, you may want to paint the accents on the stair case blue while the staircase itself may be yellow. Colors like brown, beige and even white, can be neutral colors which will go well with just about any type of decor.

If you like to change decor frequently, this may be your best bet.

Keep in mind that the newel post is the largest post in the staircase. Because of this, people will notice the newel post first. The newel posts can be at the bottom and at the top of the staircase. In a winding staircase, the newel post may also be at the center of the staircase in order to provide stability to the structure.

Remember that with just a little bit of creativity and some time, you can transform your ordinary staircase into a work of art!