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Stair rails have an obvious safety role but also a strong aesthetic presence. Here are some examples that go above and beyond the typical wood balusters.


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This rail reads as sculpture rather than a wall by the subtle curvature at the base.
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A curved wood rail lit from above elevates this plywood stair.
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Leather balusters keep this rail tactile.
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A tinted glass rail plays with solid vs. translucent allowing the stair to feel like a single mass but also staying light.

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A floating steel rail guides the eye upstairs.

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Simple metal railing contrasts with a softly curved white stair
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The (not) rail - a clever use of void rather than object to create a rail
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Evoking rhythm of steps, this string rail creates a visual separation for the stair.

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In sharp contrast to many of the open riser/glass stair rails that we see around, this marble rail and stair pack some heft, but the curve keeps it fluid.



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