Whether you favour a modern open staircase to or a grand spiral staircase, we've dug in to the House & Garden archives to find some extremely stylish designs. From cleverly-designed narrow versions in city houses, to the grand sweeping examples in stately homes, we've got all the inspiration you need to scale the heights of staircase heaven.

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    The floating three-tiered staircase at Villa Borsani is a masterful mix of Candoglia marble steps, Murano glass paneling and walnut banisters, and sets a material tone that’s felt throughout the iconic modernist residence.

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    A new, oak staircase was added to this Wiltshire farmhouse after the current owners moved in, to create more space in the second-floor bedroom and bathroom above it. It was a collaboration between owner Ken Bolan and Alex Argo of Burr Woodworks. ‘It was difficult to create due to the tightness of space,’ says Ken. ‘We had to sculpt the walls and the ceiling.’ It was crafted from hand-selected kiln-dried oak, and Alex worked with a local blacksmith on the handrail, which was made from raw steel and finished with beeswax. A similar staircase would cost from £20,000.

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    Some 400 years have passed between the building of this farmhouse and its twenty-first-century extension, yet they complement each other like birds of a feather. Old meets new in the restored barn, where an antique gym horse and oak settle bought in Cumbria sit below the spiralling staircase designed by architect Elaine Blackett-Ord. Throughout the house, Earthborn paints, made from clay-based pigments, provide a chalky grey and cream background - at once modern and earthy.

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    In the bathroom of this Manhattan house designed by Rita Konig, stairs lead directly from the sitting room up to the first floor. The Rug Company runner complements the dark wooden flooring.

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    Stairs rise steeply from the elegant pale yellow Directoire hallway at Patrick Frey's eighteenth-century house in Paris. The stair carpet is a Braquenie archive design.

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    Designer and architect Ben Pentreath created this scaled-up version of Rocque's 1746 map of London for his friend and business partner Bridie Hall's house in Canonbury. The map starts with Canonbury - the location of the house - at the top. 'Of course, in 1746 this was still a field,' Bridie points out. 'In retrospect we should have chosen the Victorian version; then we would have been on there.' Like the look? Create something similar of your own at Surface View.

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    A spiral staircase, painted white to match the floorboards in this bedroom, leads to a bathroom on the floor above in Miranda Alexander's delicate, sophisticated Dorset cottage.

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    A tiled staircase can look spectacular, but it is hard to achieve due to the weight of the tiles and the necessity for a perfectly flat surface. The staircase at the house of design writer Maryam Montague, just outside Marrakesh, looked tiled, but the risers are in fact painted with designs that Maryam created in collaboration with stencil artist Melanie Royals.

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    A 'Globe' lantern from Jamb takes centre stage in the elegant hallway at this Cotswolds house decorated by Joanna Plant.

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    At this 18th-century house in Bath, restored by Harding & Read, dark walls contrast with the pale stone of the stairs and floor. Several large-filament bulbs at different heights on twisted silk flex hang over the landing at the top of the stairs.

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    When adding a new wing to Ballintubbert, a grand eighteenth-century house in the republic of Ireland, architect Matthew Shinnors and designer Hugh Henry of Mlinaric, Henry & Zervudachi were tasked with creating a space sympathetic to the architectural period, but with a twenty-first century sensibility.

    The large cellars beneath the house are approached by this elegant double staircase. The railings and overhanging light - based on a Soanean design - were made by the local blacksmith, and are offset by a huge slice of old yew, emphasizing the graceful curve of the stairs.

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    In this Victorian house designer Suzy Hoodless has used a chaste monochrome palette to give definition to the architectural details. A simple black stair runner, coupled with a collection of delicate 'Ball Pendant Lights' by Michael Anastassiades gives the space a paired back elegance.

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    Still in this Suzy-Hoodless-decorated house, the filigree pattern of the original Victorian cast-iron balusters is picked out in a soft black. Underneath a second staircase leading to the basement has been encased in a frosted glass box, with black Crittall-style panes lending a clean, graphic modernity to the hallway.

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    Known for their restoration of historic buildings in Scotland, conservation architects Nick Groves-Raines and Kristin Hannesdottir relished the challenge of saving Lamb's House in Leith, where they now live and work. The original spiral staircase has been whitewashed and maintains original features such as the small alcove.

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    The hall at Bowood, with its cantilevered staircase, was converted from a dining room in the Fifties, under the direction of John Fowler.

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    We visited Max Rollitt at home in Hampshire. A seventeenth-century lacquer long-case clock stands in the hallway between floors.

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    An elegant monochrome hallway at Audrey Carden's colourful London house.

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    In Made.com founder Chloe Macintosh's London home routed oak panelling wraps the 'core' of the house, its warm tones linking old and new. It 'unwraps' to form the cantelievered staircase, which is boxed in by a delicate wall of glass.

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    Designer Suzy Hoodless designed the black-and-white striped wallpaper that spirals down the staircase of this London house. It has been combined with bold, sophisticated colour choices and - our favourite idea - monochrome treads.

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    The staircase at this Barlow-and-Barlow-designed house in west London was clad in wood with marble fronts on the rises. The handrail was sprayed to look like brass, and palm-tree lights reflect the metallic effect.

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    In this picture-perfect beach house on Cap Ferret, near Bordeaux, the architect Jonathan Tuckey has installed timber claire-voie screens that subtly separate the hall from the sitting room, helping to achieve the sense of 'generous nothingness' that the owners had requested from the open-plan space. The striking device cleverly couples transparency with enclosure, allowing each space to have its own identity.

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    A flick through a Roger Oates catalogue is a lesson in the impact a well-dressed staircase can make. Over the past 25 years, Roger and his wife, Fay, have turned runners into an art form, by taking the traditional technique of flatweaving and investing it with classic yet continually updated designs.

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    'The challenge was to get as much light in there as possible,' says Alex Michaelis of Michaelis Boyd architects of the staircase in this London project. The solution was to combine glass and limed oak, with a huge rooflight placed above the stairs, and a porthole to flood the room with light.

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    If you can't afford a complete architectural do-over of your staircase, pepping it up with colour can transform the energy of a space. Dynamic contrasts between rooms work beautifully in this east London home, transformed for a young client by designer Adam Bray to create an environment that is 'dark, exciting and sexy' using a combination of oxblood red and blue-grey paint from Papers & Paints.

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    Vincent Frey and Bianca Lee Vasquez commissioned architect friend Marika Dru to overhaul their home in the center of Paris, a space which had previously contained the Pierre Frey fabric archive. The floating, cantilevered staircase that leads down to the games room is elegant and unobtrusive, taking up little space and fitting with the minimalist décor.

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    Decoration director Gabby Deeming has used the architecture of this house as a canvas on which to play with the effects of bold graphic colour.

    WALLS Chalk paint, 'Napoleonic Blue' and 'Henrietta', £18.95 a litre, at Annie Sloan. FLOOR Bikaner wool rug, 'Colour Block Persian', by Luke Irwin, 300 x 200cm, £5,200, at The Conran Shop.

    FURNITURE Lacquered-aluminium armchair, 'Yale', 76 x 100 x 86cm, £3,600, at The Conran Shop; seat and back covered in 'Fontainebleau', by Verel de Belval, silk mix, £627.40 a metre, at Abbott & Boyd. Side cushion fabric, 'Mika' (6 - reversible, both sides shown), linen mix, £49 a metre, at Harlequin.

    ACCESSORIES Steel, iron and brass, 'Wall Lamp', by Workstead, 132 (maximum height) x 23cm shade diameter, £415, at Another Country.

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    Having commissioned an award-winning newbuild by architect Anthony Hudson in Suffolk, the owners entrusted its decoration to interior designer Virginia White, who has used the asymmetrical spaces as a backdrop for harmoniously diverse furniture and furnishings. Sitting beneath the hall's crenellated steel staircase, which has a faintly maritime air, are Prince of Wales' investiture chairs designed by Lord Snowdon in 1969.

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    With true Parisian elegance, the swooping line of this delicate stairwell makes us want to waft up the stairs. It contrasts nicely with the hexagonal pattern on the wooden floor while the minimal furniture and gauze blinds further add to the chic setting.

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    The owners of this London home planned their entire interior as a backdrop to their collection of contemporary art and design. 'The idea was to treat the whole place as a kind of installation,' explains the architect Seth Stein, a man well known for his ability to sympathetically pair back historical buildings. Evidence of this is immediately obvious in the entrance hall, where you catch first sight of the staircase - essentially a giant piece pop art, covered in playful laminate cartoon floorboards by the artist Richard Woods.

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    The hallway at Made.com founder Chloe Macintosh's house forms part of the 'core' of the property, that fuses two houses which had been knocked into one. The two-in-one idea is a theme in Chloe's home, which mixes her contrasting passions for modern and traditional, light and dark, and clean lines juxtaposed with flea-market finds.

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    For the past 17 years, Pierre Frey has made his home at the summit of the sixteenth-century building that is the Paris headquarters of the company bearing the family name, founded in this very building by his grandfather - the original Pierre Frey - back in 1935. With the help of architect Marika Dru, he has transformed the flat's modest rooms in to an airy, open-plan apartment, pushing up in to the attic area to create an enhanced feeling of space and light.

    A mezzanine gallery was installed which looks down on to the main living room, and serves as a home office for his wife Emilie. Trawling the Paris flea markets, the couple found a vintage spiral staircase designed by Gustave Eiffel to access the mezzanine. It forms a sculptural focal point in the apartment. The original beams were exposed to add warmth and character, while the walls are papered in a classic Pierre Frey palm-print paper.

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    Finding the right staircase for an attic conversion is fundamental in both an aesthetic and a practical sense. The aim should be a continuation of the architectural style of the house. The wooden staircase leading to the mezzanine floor in the home of antiques dealer and designer Boris Vervoordt has a simple, rustic elegance.

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    Maria Speake from Retrouvius created this achingly cool space. The wooden staircase creates a rustic elegance that adds movement and compliments the simple decoration.

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    Bordering Ashdown Forest in East Sussex sits this contemporary greying timber and rust-coloured steel house. Designed by London's Smerin Architects the house was built for a family of four as a weekend and holiday home. The space is elegant and decisively modern. These open-tread stairs, leading up to the first-floor bedrooms are made from timber sourced in the surrounding woodland. The combination of the stainless-steel railing and the oak stairs create a sense of space and elegance.

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    Interior designer Amanda Hornby has ensured the staircase of her converted dovecote in the Cotswolds is flooded with light by installing a double-glazed skylight in the roof. A palette of pure white maximises the feeling of brightness and space, warmed by dark wooden treads and banisters.

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    Under the direction of Simon Morray-Jones Architects, Ed and Polly Nicholson were able to replace the steep stairs between the first and second floors with a new staircase that makes a more graceful descent to the landing. The gently winding design is complemented by the sophisticated arched window.

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    Interior designer Caroline Harrowby said of this home in Ludlow, 'The house just told you what to do.' This fine staircase in the entrance hall is lit by an imposing rounded arch window on a half-landing, and behind the staircase is a corridor into a large kitchen, with a further door into the garden.

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    The pale robin egg blue walls modernise and brighten the staircase and hallway at Inchyra in Scotland, which is filled with antiques.

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    The relaxed atmosphere of Anita Lal's Delhi house continues up the marble staircase, where old family photographs tell a story of generations. Green walls and an ornate bannister ensures that this space is noteworthy.

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    This magnificent stone and wrought iron staircase resides in the entrance hall of a fairytale chateau in Burgundy.

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    A wood and iron staircase is embellished by a sixteenth-century tapestry hanging in the petit vestibule of the Chateau de Sully in Burgundy.

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    The Robert Adam staircase in Ugbrooke Park is hung with family portraits, including one that depicts the investiture of Cardinal Weld.

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    Tom Dixon's 'Beat Fat Black' pendant light matches the classic chequered tiles and black stair bannisters in the house of taxidermist Ferry van Tongeren.

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    On the lower ground floor hall of this house in Notting Hill geometric floor tiles from Ann Sacks contrast with the dark panelling painted in Farrow & Ball's 'Railings'.

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    Stairs lead to the top four floors of this restored Victorian water tower. The combination of exposed brick walls and a stair runner makes for an appealing contrast.

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    The dark wood staricase at Wardington Manor in Oxfordshire contrasts with the original twenties plasterwork. The manor was restored in 2004 after a fire and is now both a family home and a business headquarters; owner Bridget Elworthy forms one half of the garden design duo The Land Gardeners, who have now begun selling cut-flowers grown at the manor.

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    A dramatic spiral staircase at Soho House Berlin. Nick Jones explains that the most important thing is 'creating relevant, comfortable places that people feel good in and that make you want to order a second bottle of wine.'

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    The railings of this staircase have been extended, making the space look taller.

    This west London house was extended with the addition of a basement, creating a brighter, larger space that flows perfectly for better, more modern family living.

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    This staircase in a west London terrace designed by Sarah Stewart Smith features ornate railings, which contrast in style with the abstract monochrome pattern on the runner.