Taking the steps to restore her 1968 split level ranch to its former glory, reader Kathleen’s dilemma is: What kind of railings are appropriate for the era of her house? Her current railings seem a bit too colonial for the mid century mod look that she is trying to pull off — now she needs our help to suggest an alternative. Fortunately, we’ve written about this once before, and reader Joel even supplied a sketch with what we think is a terrific potential solution.
Hi Pam and Kate,
I have a 1968 split level that I have been slowly redecorating in period style. The stairway railings are the next project to tackle. The white, painted, Victorian style spindles are not working in the space anymore (not that I think they probably ever did), especially next to my CADO wall unit. However, I don’t know what to replace it with (which is why the project has waited this long). I am hoping your readers will set me on the right path and am open to any suggestions with regard to style and materials.
Thanks a bunch,
When Pam and I were discussing Kathleen’s dilemma, Pam immediately thought about her post Easy DIY stair rails for a mid century basement remodel — where she suggested a simple and period appropriate stair design for reader Heather’s basement stairs — and then, reader Joel quickly whipped up a sketch. This type of stair railings would be easy to install (consult with a properly licensed professional) and very cost effective, Kathleen might even want to stain it to coordinate with her fabulous Cado wall unit.
Another option — if there is more room in the budget — might be a decorative metal railing like this oval design from Morgik Metal Designs. The oval pattern has a nice mod geometric look — which might coordinate well with Kathleen’s mid century furnishings and overall style. The railing could be kept bare metal or even painted for a jazzier look.