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Stairs and Project Attic of Awesome: Rising to the Occasion

We’re kind of far off from getting our stairs for our new attic space. In fact, the Husband and I have both acknowledged the possibility that we might arrive at more or less the end of the renovation still using the temporary stairs the Husband’s dad built for us. They’re pretty serious temporary stairs but, none-the-less, meant to be temporary.

However, we’ve already decided that this is among the projects we’re going to hire out. In order to make sure we get the best looking stairs we possible can, we’re going to put the job out to someone who knows, intimately, what they are doing. So, because it’s something we’re going to have to order, I’m well aware that the time for decisions on what those stairs are going to look like is going to come up a lot faster than I expect.

It’s time to think about it now.

So, some options!

We could go with something completely classic and, in being classic, safe:

I’ve always loved the high contrast look, a crisp white with a dark wood. And, these days, I’m contemplating the possibility of putting a soft carpet on the floor, so perhaps the runner would provide an appropriate transition. 
Or, perhaps instead of a wooden railing, we should consider wrought iron:
On Sunday, we stopped in briefly at an open house on our way home from church. It was one of these huge top-ups, once a bungalow, now a million dollar luxury home. The builders had decided to use wrought iron and wood for the railings. It was a look that, until I saw it there, I hadn’t even considered. But, as we wandered up and down through the shiny levels, from basement to second floor, the wrought iron felt kind of perfect. It made the space feel more open and airy. An option, certainly.
And, then, sometimes, I consider something on the extreme edge of modern:
Specifically, the horizontal orientation of the railing and the wide openness of the stair treads catch my eye. Unfortunately, as much as I enjoy considering the option, indulging a fantasy of the ultra-modern, perhaps, this type of stair isn’t actually an option. We already know that the space beneath the stairs will be closet and nothing but. It’s where our washer and dryer are, after all, and I can’t wait to get them hidden behind a wall. 
So, no open stairs for us. 
More than likely, we’ll end up with a combination of styles. Perhaps the classic, high contrast stairs combined with a horizontal, wrought iron railing? Perhaps.
Are there any other styles of stairs I should be considering, especially considering how small our space is? Which do you like best?
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