Everybody wants a unique piece for their home to stand out before guests. Okay, maybe not everyone, but everyone wants a beautiful home. Everyone wants a safe and comfortable home too. It is one of the reasons we get to have staircases with railings.A beautiful staircase has a high degree of possibility of becoming a stunning focal point in any home. In fact, the staircase is a very grand and important piece by nature. Something so basic sure carries a lot of weight in determining the beauty of a home. It has been an eye-catching element from the beginning and, as its design evolved over the years, its position has remained true and the same. In fact, it became more and more cardinal and consequential necessitating that interior designers have made it the maven of their projects.
As with many other things,a beautiful staircase is defined by several aspects. The design is, of course, very important. However, most often, it is the handrail that makes it stand out. The handrail has slow, steadily and surely transformed from a simple,uncomplicated and unsophisticated element designed to provide safety and protection to a wonderful and chic design detail.
Some staircases have given up the handrail completely in order to achieve a more minimalist look.However, the handrail is an important structural component of any staircase. It can either blend in and have a subtle design or it can be an accent detail that stands out.Aside the importance of the handrail in giving off an elegant design, the absence of the hand rail implies less safety. Remember that safety is the primary reason for a handrail. Modern handrails come in many different shapes and models. Most often they are made from wood or metal and they are simple. Nevertheless, there are also cases when the handrail can have a more artistic look and this allows it to stand out even more.
Wooden railing is the first choice for any owner or the builder as the elegance and the style that you get from wooden railings is nothing compared to other materials. Some time the light reflection from all sources disturbs you. Wood does not reflect light as much as steel does, a kind of sereneness, and tranquility that you get from use of wood, you cannot get from any other material.
In the case of a contemporary staircase, the surprise element is the contrast between the stairs and the guardrail. The stairs are black and very simple while the guardrail has a rustic look. It is very charming but it also contrasts with the chic and classical wooden handrail that has a different style and finish.
For the modern wooden handrail, the design is cohesive and chosen to seamlessly integrate into the décor. The wooden stairs match the flooring and the handrail has a very similar look. The black accents and the clean, straight lines accentuate the minimalism of the design.
A very common combination in the case of modern staircases is that between wood and metal. That is because the resulting design is usually somewhere between classical and contemporary. This staircase has a metal structure with the stairs and handrail made of wood.
A simple and stylish way to make the staircase look simple yet chic and eye-catching is to use contrasts. For example, the wooden stairs could sit on a crisp white background and the metal guardrail with wooden handrail frame them beautifully.
Contrasts can also be created in many other ways. The staircase could be entirely made of wood but the difference in finish and colorwould make it stand out. The black portions add acertain elegance to the designwhile the wooden handrail will give it a classical and casual look.
Of course, the classical design with wooden guardrails made of parallel, thin pieces placed vertically and held together by a simple handrail, also made of wood is always beautiful. It’s a design that can be easily adapted for all types of designs and decors.
Advantages Of Wood Railings
There are many advantages of wooden railings particularly indoor railings.
1. The elegance of wood is unmatched by anything else. It is an absolute fact. Wood is elegance through and through.
2. Contrary to popular belief, wood railings are maintenance free, particularly those used indoors. A nice polishing, a coat of lacquer while installing, is all that is required, and no further maintenance is required.So no need to go for any other material in a bid to save or minimize cost.
3. Another advantage of wood is that it is massive in construction and will last for several decades if not centuries.
4. With its wide top, children (and some timesgrown ups too!) enjoy the wood railing sliding down the railing for coming down instead of coming down by steps. Oh what fun! Everybody likes something fun and everybody deserves something fun.
Choice Of Wood For Railings
Wooden stock rails, balusters and newel can be made in Burma teak, Cherry, Maple, Red Oak, White Oak, Walnut, Mahogany, Poplar, Beech, Yellow Pine, Ash or Cedar. Many manufacturers can give you the top rail design that you desire or dream. Manufacturers use CAD systems, CNC machinery, and hand artistry, to give you any rail profile, baluster turnings or newel post.
Care of Wood In General and ofs Railing In Particular
Wood when properly treated and cared for requires no maintenance. The major enemy of wood is the life forms capable of living and thriving on wood. The microscopic life starts first and then it is like a jungle, where the food chain starts. Therefore if you treat wood with chemicals to stop the growth of micro-organisms and keep water away from it, the possibility of wood rot gets much less. Regular cleaning, annual polishing, waxing when the wood railing looks dull is all that is required for caring the wood articles and railing in general. Out-door railings may require painting to keep them looking new. The importance of wooden railings can not be over emphasized in everyday life.