More than a mere way to get up and down a home, staircases represent an aesthetic opportunity—whether it’s a subtle design statement or a new seating area. Here, at Sunset’s 2016 Bay Area Idea House—get your tickets now!—interior designer Lauren Geremia let a simple plant and art piece speak volumes. Read on for more styling ideas that turn a stairway into a showstopper.
1. Metallic mesh
A two-story atrium at the 2015 Sunset Idea House in Denver presented architectural firm Design Platform and interior designer Megan Hudacky with a way to layer contemporary details into the original 1950s ranch. Next to a first-floor sitting room flooded with sunshine from a two-story atrium, a stairwell installed with custom metal mesh panels brings light down to the basement level.