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The stairs inside any structure are often dismissed as just a functional part of the building, nothing more. Although they are designed to aesthetically blend in with the rest of your interior or exterior, they are often not styled in such a way that they become the center of attention.

Symbolism in Stairs

There is so much more to a staircase than meets the eye. In fact, stairs have been used to symbolize a number of different things.

In Freemasonry, stairs symbolize different lessons learned, eventually leading to a much higher level of knowledge.

In literature, it is said that stairs symbolize a passage from one form of existence into another. In dream interpretation, descending a flight of stairs would mean going into one’s deeper self.

These different symbols show that staircases should actually be given a lot more importance than usual, something that you could apply when thinking about a unique design as opposed to the traditional styles used.

Designing Your Stairs Differently    

Having stairs put into your home usually meant having to choose between what paint should be used.

Should it still appear like natural wood? Would you like the sides open, or closed?

There is also that usually difficult task of choosing what kind of balusters to use, although some would just be content with plain panels under their handrails.

These seem like tough enough design choices, considering that they are ‘just’ a set of stairs, right?

For other people however, their design choices when it comes to their stairs are a lot more radical than what most people are used to.

It could be integrating additional storage options into your home, discreetly hidden within your staircase. It could be interesting shapes added onto each step.

It could also be a few fun aspects, such as an option to slide down instead of using the steps once again in descending from one level to another. You could allow your stairs to shed interesting shadows on the floor, or you could have it doubling as something else like display cases.

No matter what interesting addition you choose to have, the entire aspect of creating and designing stairs for any structure just became more interesting.

This is exactly what some contemporary designers want to show, giving some of their creations intricate details that make these sets of stairs not only more aesthetically appealing, but more functional as well. Here are some of them:

Stairs inside a bookstore in Portugal

Stairs inside a bookstore in Portugal

Near Rajasthan, India

In India

Law Library, Des Moines, Iowa

Law Library, Des Moines, Iowa

Musée National Gustave Moreau (Museum in Paris, France)

Musée National Gustave Moreau

Stairs Into The Clouds (Pico do Arieiro, Madeira Island, Portugal)

Stairs Into The Clouds

Glow in the Dark Painted Stairs

Glow in the Dark Painted Stairs

The Rock of Guatapé, Colombia

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UN City interior stairs in Denmark

UN City interior stairs in Denmark

Prabalgad Fort dating from around 1458. Carved out of the rock at an an elevation of 2,300 feet. Maharashtra, India.

Prabalgad Fort dating from around 1458. Carved out of the rock at an an elevation of 2,300 feet. Maharashtra, India.

“In the Eye of the Basilisk” by Lucas Portee

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Spiral Staircase at the Library of the Dutch Parliament

Spiral Staircase at the Library of the Dutch Parliament

Ribbon Chapel, Hiroshima

Ribbon Chapel, Hiroshima

Beautiful Wooden Staircase with matching Wooden Spiral Art

Beautiful Wooden Staircase with matching Wooden Spiral Art

Internal stairs, Sint-Pieters-Leeuw Tower

Internal stairs, Sint-Pieters-Leeuw Tower

Winding Staircase inside a Light House

Winding Staircase inside a Light House

At the Garden of Cosmic Speculation, Dumfries, Scotland

At the Garden of Cosmic Speculation, Dumfries, Scotland.

Wooden Spiral Staircase

Wooden Spiral Staircase

Stairs at Huashan, Shaanxi, China

Stairs at Huashan, Shaanxi, China

Colorful mosaic stairway in Goldengate Heights, San Francisco, CA

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Crazy Stairs at ‘The Red Wall’

Crazy Stairs at 'The Red Wall’

Double Spiral stairs in Graz, Austria

Double Spiral stairs in Graz, Austria

Mission Inn in Riverside, California

Mission Inn in Riverside, California

Tourist Stairway – Huangshan Mountain, China

Tourist Stairway - Huangshan Mountain, China

Brigham Young University

Brigham Young University

Stairs next to the Leshan Giant Buddha

Stairs next to the Leshan Giant Buddha.

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Posted by Igor Ovsyannykov

I'm a digital nomad and entrepreneur bouncing around South East Asia. When I'm not working here, I'm out taking photos. Follow me on Instagram: @igorovsyannykov

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