One of the latest trends in interior design is all about stepping back. Interior designers used to bring in impressive visuals to a home to create an ambience that promotes relaxation. Now, cosiness is taking the opposite approach.
In the art of the cosy, primary design elements are taking a step back and assuming a background position, allowing occupants to live comfortably with enough space, both physically and visually. Dark coloured walls, neutral furniture, a timber staircase stained to provide a richer colour is what the art of cosy entails.
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Glass balustrades are a decorative architectural feature which also serve to keep people safe. This is best seen today in how they are utilised as a safety and decorative feature of staircases. Advances in glass manufacturing processes have meant that glass balustrades have the potential to add a sleek touch to a 21st-century home.
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The Functional Beauty of Free-Floating Staircases
The staircase is a striking architectural feature in your home, occupying a central and often highly visible position. In the past, traditional concealed staircases were common, but today the space created by a floating stair treads is in high demand. With their subtle design that gives an impression of being suspended in air, floating interior stairs add an artful dimension to the home.
What are floating staircases exactly? Floating staircases are designed so that they appear to “float” because there is nothing visible underneath. They run along either one wall or are freestanding. Floating staircases also do not have a “riser” between each step, meaning that you can see through its entire construction. Floating stairs showcase their materials to their best advantage, by putting clever uses of wood, steel or glass on display, sometimes in the very centre of the room. As reported by the Los Angeles Times, floating staircases make their work look light and easy, but in order to get them right, they require careful engineering and construction.
Here in NZ, we are the experts in floating staircase design and installation and are passionate about their possibilities. In case you’re considering a floating staircase in your own home, we’ve compiled 5 reasons why they make a wonderful choice. In our opinion, the newest architectural feats in staircase design offer both style and functionality.
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