Bringing Trees Indoors

stairway with tree branch banisterNatural tree branches used in staircase designs.

Using tree branches indoors isn’t a new idea, but it’s not often seen. The organic shapes and texture compliment each of these waterside cottages.  After all, what goes better with nature than nature? The simple balusters on this staircase end with a natural newel post that is emphasized by the stone walls. The soft gray stair treads, floor and built-ins relate to the stone’s mortar and washed wood overhead, creating an inviting entrance.

paper birch tree limb used for staircase handrailA paper birch handrail flows freely along these stairs. Risers are painted white, while the treads are left unstained – another nod to Mother Nature. Notice anything missing in both of these pictures? Neither staircase has a wall string – the decorative pieces that run against the wall. Leaving them off gives a stronger visual connection between the stairs and the walls, especially the stone.

(Source: Knickerbocker Group)

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