11 Modern Hardwood Stairs Sure to Inspire

After our less-than-ideal attempt at refinishing our stairs and living with them for 6+ months, we knew wanted modern hardwood stairs but were still unsure about the design. Before deciding to renovate our stairs, we needed to find the right style, and with staircases, the possibilities are truly endless.

Whether you’re renovating your stairs or building a new construction home, the design possibilities are endless. You can choose to match your staircase to the hardwood floors in your home. Or make a statement with your stairs by contrasting the colors around the stairs.

Here are 11 of our modern hardwood stairs ideas if you’re considering renovating your stairs (or for new construction homes).

1. White and Natural Transitional

We love the balance of light oak steps and white newel posts. Plus, the contrast with black spindles really makes these stairs pop without standing out.

White And Natural Modern Hardwood Staircase
Via Redfin

2. Bright and Aery with Grey Wood

While the wood in this inspiration is a bit greyer than our floors, we love the modern newel posts and overall design. This is an excellent reminder that simple can look great in the right space.

Bright White Walls With Natural Wood Modern Staircase
Via Pinterest

3. Black Iron Contrast with White Oak

Wow! The black iron railing on these natural steps offers a ton of contrast that definitely makes a statement. Plus, it ties in well with the black accents across the rest of the space.

Modern Hardwood Stairs With Light Wood Staircase And Black Metal Railing
Via Luxsource

4. Black Iron with No Base

This design by DK Studio offers a great option for dressing up a simple staircase without base stairs. I also like how the black railing really contrasts with the bright white colors.

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Straight Staircase With Grey Treads And Simple Black Metal Railing
via DK Studio

5. Modern Oak Bannister

While I don’t love the carpeted stairs in this inspiration, I do love the simple railing and newel post contrasting the black spindles.

Carpeted Stairs With Simple Newel Posts And Black Balusters
Via MillhavenHomes

6. Modern Farmhouse Stairs

More of a farmhouse style, instead of balusters, these stairs use wire plus an “X” design meant to mimic wood farm fences. While this is a bit too much farmhouse for our style, we still love the design.

Modern Farmhouse Stairs With Wire Balusters And Fence Design
Via Patterson Custom Homes

7. Elegant and Sophisticated Balusters

These balusters take elegance to a whole new level. And it reminds us that balusters can make a huge difference in your stairs. But we also assume these intricate type balusters are not cheap. Typically, the more complex the design, the more expensive.

Elegant Stairs With Intricate Box Shaped Metal Balusters Design
Via CandysDirt

8. Simple White and Natural

The simplest stairs on our inspiration list, we love the natural balance of wood and white paint. But we aren’t a fan of mixing the two on the newel posts at the base steps. Instead, we’d prefer to see the newel post be all white for this design since there’s already a lot of wood.

Simple White And Natural Wood Stairs
Via Designed Stairs

9. Intricate White Oak with Modern Metal Railings

While a pretty simple design, these stairs use unique angles combined with a metal railing to add sophistication. Plus, instead of newel posts, we love that they used a thicker version of the balusters with a base to differentiate while blending in.

Black Metal Railing With Black Newel Posts On White Oak Floors
Via Studio-McGee

10. Farmhouse Bannisters and Railings

Similar to the farmhouse design above, the railings on these stairs mimic a classic straight wood fence design found on a farm. While we love the white balance with the wood steps along with the sconces, the fence design is definitely a lot. Since our house is more transitional, this design would likely be out of place.

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Farmhouse Stairs With Thick Horizontal Balusters And Railings
Via Designed Stairs

11. Modern Hardwood Stairs with a Twist

These stairs help bridge modern and traditional designs with twister iron balusters and a black railing. But the contrast against stark white risers and paint in the space help bring to make this design look more modern and elegant.

Traditional Modern Stairs With Twisted Metal Balusters
Via Rugo Raff

Bottom Line

Based on these inspirations, we decided we loved the look of simple black square balusters but wanted to bring in white and natural tones as well. Since we already knew we wanted our treads to match our white oak floors, adding white newel posts was an easy choice.

What are your favorite stair design inspirations? Let us know in the comments below!

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