A simple and stylish way to make the staircase look simple yet chic and eye-catching is to use contrasts. In this case, for example, the wooden stairs sit on a crisp white background and the metal guardrail with wooden handrail frame them beautifully.
The double-height entry creates a lot of drama—and wall space. Schrock and Dick filled it with a ceramic wall hanging and designed the staircase with sheets of glass in place of balusters. “The glass fades out, so it’s all about the artwork,” Dick says