The Right Match: Finding the Ideal Balustrade for Your Staircase

Staircase with glass balustrade

A balustrade improves your home with both beauty and functionality. Aesthetically, a balustrade is a design element that can finish an overall look, making your stairs not just a functional part of the house, but a part of its statement. Balustrades are also a safety feature, providing security and support at an area of the house that has daily traffic.

When choosing the right balustrade for your home, here are some things you may want to consider:

The Amount of Daylight in your Home

Space and daylight are major considerations when choosing the design and make of the balustrade. Glass balustrades are an ideal option for letting light travel throughout the house. Depending on your home’s facing and the kind of glass used, it can create a clean, minimal look that can help make your home appear more spacious, allowing natural light to pass freely through balconies and stairways.

This important design element, called daylighting, is a form of passive design that home designers incorporate in their layouts. The New Zealand Building Code recognizes its importance with a clause for natural light, which states that homes “shall provide adequate openings for natural light and for a visual awareness of the outside environment.”

In addition, daylight in both homes and work spaces has been shown to boost productivity, efficiency, health, and well-being. Well-positioned windows and careful design can take advantage of this natural feature of your home bouncing it off light or reflective surfaces and textures, and moving through balustrades, partitions, skylights.

The Interior Design Direction of Your Home

Balustrades improve the appearance of the household’s interiors.  Much of contemporary design incorporates clean, sleek outlines. Architectural stairs with steel or glass balustrades make great statements if you’re going with neutral base colours and a pared-back aesthetic. Steel balustrades come in various shapes and sizes, so designers can also use them to add personality to their interiors.

Timber balustrades, on the other hand, are a good match with more traditional homes. Its warm, timeless look is a popular choice because of its versatility, making it easy to work with. Timber goes well with houses designed to look more homey, family-friendly and lived-in.

Modern design trends are also incorporating wooden elements, such as the popular Nordic or Scandinavian aesthetic. These minimalist designs incorporate natural textures such as wood, leather, hemp and fur, while focusing on simplicity and functionalism.

Beautiful and Functional Balustrades

Here at Ackworth House, we offer the finest selections of glass, steel and timber balustrades that will complete not only your staircase but your entire home. As the leading manufacturer in New Zealand, our team uses industry-grade materials and follows strict building requirements to ensure a hassle-free installation process.

For over 40 years, our family-owned business has been inspiring customers to improve the beauty and functionality of their homes. We at Ackworth House have been providing exceptional services and products that deliver beyond the customer’s expectations.

Visit our showroom to see more of our collection of high-quality balustrades. Contact us and make an appointment today.

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