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Interior design is a topic beloved by many and with London Design Week kicking off in earnest, it is clear that we are a nation of home-lovers. Whether you have an indoor space you’re keen to breathe new life in to or simply want to collect decoration inspiration, when it comes in interior design, there is no shortage of accessories, themes and schemes to choose from. If you find yourself unsure of where to start, finding the perfect interior designer can be invaluable for helping you to create the harmonious surroundings you have always dreamed of.
Given that our homes have to provide pleasing spaces perfectly designed to suit any number of different activities, it is perhaps no surprise that interior design industry is booming. Although there are a number of burgeoning interior design trends for 2014, as we all know, the devil is in the detail.
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In this article we look at 12 of the best balustrades in the world of blogging to see how it can help to elevate your interiors.
As the balustrade can end up drawing the eye and acting as a focal point in the home, it is important to give thought to its design. As we can see from the pictures from this home in Istanbul, Turkey, updating your stairwell is an excellent opportunity to introduce a new feature to your home, combining interesting textures for a contemporary look.
The owners of this villa in Franciacorta, Italy have chosen to use glass to add visual interest to their stairwell. By using glass instead of an opaque material, these homeowners allow natural light to flood the space, making it appear larger and more expansive.
The designers of this textile warehouse in Mexico City have chosen to get creative with their space by introducing wire rope balustrades for decking alongside glass. Used to great effect here in an ultra-modern design, glass is a contemporary and inexpensive option for all budgets. It works in every kind of interior arrangement, even complementing more traditional designs.
The Singaporean hotel suite pictured in this food and travel blog, capitalises on natural materials, using a wooden balustrade to frame a warm and inviting entrance in to the room below. Appearing almost like an Escher drawing, the design is brought right up- to-date by using sharp angles and layering.
Balustrades are a key feature in this futuristic home in the US. Although metal staircases can feel quite stark and corporate, the designers who created this house have softened the appearance of the material by choosing a perforated texture which invites a burst of ethereal light throughout the stairwell.
Balustrades play a big part in the contemporary design of this restaurant in Mexico. By combining slate-covered walls with wire rope bannisters, the designers have created a gorgeous and ultra-contemporary look.
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In this Sicilian family home, the contemporary wire balustrades on the stairwell are contrasted to great effect against the traditional, rustic detailing. Although it might take a brave heart to descend these steps every morning, they certainly make a statement.
Above a decorative pool in this home in Hyougo, Japan, the balustrades (or lack thereof) play a huge part in this arresting contemporary design. These floating cantilever metal steps allow light to hit the pool and cast beautiful reflections around the space.
In this monastery in the Czech Republic, minimalism is the word. The designers have avoided sterility by going for understated and subtle balustrades cast in modest concrete, thus helping the space to achieve a dramatic elegance becoming of its generously sized spaces.
This coastal home in Lima City is arranged in to three levels – a ‘service’ level containing the garage and guest rooms, a principal level containing living rooms and bathrooms and a social level containing a kitchen, a dining room, a terrace and a pool. The designers have substituted balustrades with generously sized glass windows which flood the stairwell with light and contrast beautifully against the dark varnished wood steps and stone.
Balustrades feature prominently in this elegant schoolhouse in Biel-Benken, Switzerland. Cleverly cut to mimic the angles of the concrete walls, these wooden balustrades create elegant shadows which add depth and interest to the minimalist spaces. Boasting large windows, this light and airy space is ideal for gathering your thoughts or settling down to contemplative study.
The best way to describe the staircase and balustrades in this house in Ripatransone, Italy is experimental. Very little about the house is conventional, least of all the staircase which combines wire frames with wooden steps and an ornamental slide. Angled off to prevent mishaps, this balustrade creates an optical trick which adds interest to the room.
Francesca Holmes is a writer and editor for Stainless Handrail Systems. When not on a mission to bring high-end architecture to the masses, she enjoys exploring the great outdoors.