Marble staircases: when design serves functionality

Staircases trace back to the origins of our civilisation: as an architectonic element, they are intrinsically tied to the concept of connection between different levels, which all have different functions, and it brings about a vertical directionality. It is precisely because of their connection to verticality that staircases give a sense of upward movement, symbolically towards the sky, and they have always had an aura of grandeur and majesty: which material can suit staircases better than marble?

Marble staircases: classic or modern?

Marble staircases can have a classic or modern style, basing on their shape and finish, but there are potentially infinite combinations to be made, which enables creativity to play an important role in the process. To add a touch of classicism to staircases, designers often opt for spiral, fan-shaped or helicoidal stairs, with a curvilinear movement on the vertical axis. Suspended staircases and floating steps, on the other hand, are the best option when it comes to adding a more modern touch, making room to original design features. Stairs are a versatile element, just like marble is a versatile material: combining the two gives life to an extraordinarily wide range of options, that don’t limit to the classic-modern dichotomy. One can range between a myriad of combinations, marging details with a classic style and more modern elements. These combos make every staircase one of a kind, as well as rendering marble staircases the perfect choice for any space.

 

What kind of marble can I choose?

Marmo Carrara is undoubtedly the most widely used material, but it is not the only kind of marble that can be employed in the building of staircases. For instance, Travertino is an excellent solution, too, for both internal and external uses, thanks to its resistance and variety of colours; plus, it easily adapts to every taste. The choice of the perfect kind of marble also comes down to the colour, specifically if one likes a darker or lighter environment better. Those who prefer white can choose between Bianco Carrara, Statuario, Calacatta, Biancone, Botticino, Breccia Medicea, Crema Marfil, or Travertino, as already mentioned. Those who choose to opt for darker tones, on the other hand, typically pick either Grigio Carnico, Nero Marquina, Fior di Bosco, Portoro or Pietra Grey.

Some design ideas for marble staircases

Marble staircases can match the room in which they’re placed, thus making the environment exquisitely harmonic. The latest trends see the total white of both the structure and the stairs as the protagonist, especially if the walls and the floor have a light colouration too: this solution combines all the different elements, so that the staircase blends in the environment, resulting in a more spacious and brighter atmosphere.

The different finishes of the steps also play a role, as each shape adds a different effect: one can space between bullnose steps, tread or round edge steps. Other popular finishes include edge stairs, curved stairs, floating riser or cantilever stairs. The latter is the most modern and linear solution.

A staircase is comprised of a balustrade and possibly of landings, too: these elements can be made out of marble or other materials with complementary colours or qualities. For instance, white marble steps can be paired to balustrades in clear glass, for a modern style, to wooden balustrades, for a rustic atmosphere, or again to marble balustrades, adding a touch of elegance.