The Next Level: 14 Stair Railings to Step Up Your Style

A stair railing is not just a safety feature. The newels, balusters, and railings of a staircase can make a real design statement and bring a sense of style to a space. Whatever your decor—contemporary, traditional, or ultramodern—there is a stair railing combination to match any aesthetic. Whether you opt for rustic wood, glass, or custom-made metal, you can find a style of stair rail that will elevate this architectural element from something practical to a work of art. Don't focus on just one material—combine materials like glass and wood or wood and metal to add depth and texture to your design scheme. Here’s just a sampling of what’s out there to give you ideas for your next staircase design. | By Jennifer Noonan,