Style Guide: From the bottom step up

Whether you’re planning a new build, converting your loft or basement or even undergoing a complete interior redesign, you’ll want to consider the design of your staircase and how to make it a truly unique feature in your home.

One of the most important elements that will make your staircase stand out is a feature bottom step. From grandeur to understated simplicity, there are number of styles that will suit any home.

To start you off on the right foot, here are some of our favourite design ideas and top tips.

What’s the purpose of a feature bottom step?

Feature steps can have a big impact on the space you have available and how your staircase flows into its adjoining room.

Aside from practicality, a bottom step also adds contrast to your design and gives you the opportunity to incorporate different materials, shapes and colours. One of the common ways this is achieved is through adding a hardwood bottom step into a carpeted staircase.



One of the most popular design options, the bullnose is a feature that has rounded corners which join the front edge and side of the step.

Its simplicity speaks volumes but never fails to create a smooth, elegant beginning to the staircase.


In comparison, a curtail is a little more grand, wrapping around the newel post, opposed to a bullnose which typically meets the front of the newel.

The style blends beautifully with both carpeted and full hardwood staircases, as shown from some of our previous projects below.

Bullnose & Curtail

Combining the two aforementioned styles, you can create the ultimate grand beginning to your staircase that complements both contemporary and traditional interiors. This is often achieved with a large curtail at the base with a smaller bullnose on top.

During previous projects, we have incorporated a variety of different finishes to enhance the bottom step, including the addition of carpet and lighting, to just name a few.


The square bottom step style is versatile and can be adapted to suit your tastes, whether bold or conservative.

In the first example below, you’ll see that a large square bottom step was selected to add the extra touch to an open riser staircase. It undoubtedly enhances the contemporary surroundings and creates a truly unique feature in the client’s home.

In the second, our work on the Lovedon Fields development featured a stunning full hardwood staircase that begins with an elegant but simple squared bullnose step.

If you’re looking for a staircase manufacturer in the South and would like to find out how you could create a stand-out, eye-catching feature, get in touch with us! Give us a call on 01962 712299 or email