WHAT MATERIAL SHOULD YOU CHOOSE FOR STAIRS AND STEPS?
It is no secret that a staircase works as a focal point in any home. Given the impact of this feature, coming up with a staircase design can seem daunting. Because you cannot change your staircase design or material as often as other elements within your house, there are many elements to consider on the first go, from planning the layout to choosing the right material.
For us, the perfect choice would be to go with a natural stone. Natural stone staircases transmit robustness and elegance. Their steps made of stone combine beauty and resistance, ideal when designing a staircase. Natural stones are incredibly versatile and can be applied in interiors and exteriors and custom-built to fit into any space. They come in an infinity of textures and can be included in any style, from the most traditional design to the most minimalist.
Given their durability and timeless look, our two stones of preference for a staircase would be either marble or travertine. Here is a closer look at them:
Marble stairs radiate sophistication no matter where they are located. We see them in luxury homes, hotels, restaurants, and museums. Marble stairs are a staple in any design that has good taste and grandeur as a priority. To a certain extent, marble is considered traditional so we tend to see it in both classical stairs and modern lines. Marble staircases can be presented in different shapes: straight, spiral, helical, with an open rise and, will always bring an unmatched aesthetic force.
Due to its durability and refinement, we do recommend Carrara marble when constructing a staircase. The marble steps that make up a staircase can have different types of finishes depending on the location (indoor or outdoor) and style. Just remember to choose a finish and anti-slip treatment when using marble outdoors that will ensure safety and prevent the stone from getting water-damaged.
Photo by: Timothy Kaye
Travertine stairs have an incomparable and timeless charm, there are an undisputed symbol of luxury as well as modernity. Travertine can be found in a wide variety of earthy tones, from rusty reds to clean ivories, and can be treated to different finishes.
Due to its natural slip-resistant surface, travertine is an ideal medium for stairs. By installing travertine tile on the flat surfaces of your staircase using grout to secure the stone, you’ll create a professional-looking and solid staircase that emphasizes an ideal connection with earth and nature to create a relaxing and welcoming atmosphere.
Photy By: Dennis Gilbert