Complete Your Home with the Perfect Staircase

by Carlisle Homes

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Select a stylish staircase to suit your space. Here’s how to choose.

A beautifully designed staircase does more than just take you from one level to the next – it can add immediate elegance and sophistication to your home. Generally situated at the entry of your house, the staircase is one of the first things visitors see when they step inside, making it an important part of your decorative scheme.

At Carlisle Homes, we offer a range of stunning staircase designs from renowned Melbourne maker S&A Stairs. All double-storey homes come with a custom wood staircase with round black balusters and a painted or stained newel post as standard. Should you wish to make more of a statement, there is also a range of staircase upgrades for you to choose from, including sleek, minimalist designs in glass and decorative turned timber styles for a more traditional look.


"Teaming up with S&A Stairs means more choices for you. We're making sure your home includes the staircase you've always envisioned – practical, stylish, and tailored to your taste."  – John Doulgeridis, Managing Director, Carlisle Homes


Read on to learn more about the styles available at Carlisle Homes, with tips on choosing the right design for your space.

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Maximise space with a compact staircase! Light timber and a glass balustrade says style without dominating the area. Featured here: Montague Grand, Woodlea Estate, Aintree.

Compact staircases

If you’re looking to maximise space in your home’s entry, consider an enclosed staircase in a style that won’t visually dominate the area. A glass balustrade virtually disappears from view, while keeping users safe as they ascend to the upper level of your home. It also won’t block light or views so your home feels bright and spacious.

Another space-maximising option for smaller entries are open reads the vertical part of stairs). This style creates a minimalist look and makes your staircase appear to float. As light can flow freely between the treads, it’s also a great way to ensure that daylight reaches every corner of your interior.

For a chic and contemporary look that won’t overwhelm your entry, consider a simple staircase style consisting of a timber handrail and lightweight, black steel balusters. Create cohesion with the rest of your interior, while adding a touch of luxury, by carpeting the stairs to match your soft floors.

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Make a statement with a contemporary staircase that features dark-stained timber, open treads and a sleek glass balustrade. Featured here: Astoria Grand, Attwell Estate, Deanside.

Contemporary staircases

Make a bold statement in your contemporary home with a show-stopping staircase that is designed to be noticed. For a sleek, modern look, keep detailing to a minimum and the focus on beautiful materials and expert craftsmanship.

Consider a dramatic dark-stained timber staircase with open treads and a glass balustrade for a look that’s both modern and luxurious. Matching the timber of your staircase to the colour of your wooden floor adds to the opulent feel.

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Your staircase can be the first thing guests see when they enter your home. Make a truly grand first impression with stylish timber stairs and a raised timber landing at the base. Featured here: Scarborough Grand, Smiths Lane, Clyde North.

Grand staircase

To create a truly grand first impression specify a staircase in luxurious materials with generous proportions. Depending on your home, you can opt for a wider staircase in a warm timber stain with a raised timber landing at the base, or stairs with varying widths – double width at the base and landing and single width as the stairs rise . Alternatively, explore a more characterful look by specifying your staircases with a mix of open and closed treads. Complete your centrepiece staircase with a beautiful, double handrail.

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Emanating elegance. For the ultimate Hamptons feel opt for a classic, contrasting staircase that combines stained timber treads and white-painted balusters. Featured here: Montpellier, Berwick Waters Estate, Clyde North.

Hamptons staircase

Create an elegant look for a Hamptons or traditional-style home with a classic staircase. Decorative turned wood balusters, a polished handrail and a shapely newel post complement a Hamptons or traditional-style home perfectly. Add natural appeal by specifying the entire staircase in stained timber or opt for white-painted balusters and newel post to bring a light, coastal feel to the design.

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Staircases are specific to your home design, so speak to your Carlisle Spectra Colour Consultant about the options available to you. For inspiration, take a virtual tour of our display homes here.


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