Innovative Building Railing Designs for Modern Buildings

The style of railing design you choose has the power to make or break your building. Choose the right one, and it could add an attractive allure that uplifts the overall style of any room.

In this article, we present a curated selection of railing designs specifically tailored for modern buildings. Each design exemplifies the perfect balance between form and function, offering inspiration for your home or workplace.

Modern Glass Balcony Railings

Glass balcony railings are all the rage right now, and it's no wonder why. It's an open-affair, offering an unobstructed panaromic view, whilst maintaining a sophisticed and sleek appearance itself. You might have seen this design at some of the nicer hotels you have visited.

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Curved Stainless Steel Balcony Railing

Curved Stainless Steel Balcony Railing

If you are after more of a traditional effect,  you may instead want to opt for a curved stainless steel balcony railing. This kind is often found on older homes around Europe, andis seeing something of a revival owing to the ornate nature of its appearance. It’s certainly one that you might want to consider if you’re looking for a grander look for your exterior.

Floating Staircase and Guardrail

The floating staircase and guardrail embody a highly contemporary aesthetic that can greatly enhance the appeal of any contemporary building. Its design seamlessly integrates into the home without overwhelming it, while providing a significant visual impact.

This option is not only visually pleasing but also comparatively affordable, making it an attractive choice for homeowners seeking a balance between style and cost.

Floating Staircase and Guardrail
Circular Balcony Railing.

Circular Balcony Railing

A circular balcony is often the preferred choice for those looking for a statement balcony. Notably eye-catching, this feature has the power to uplift the overall architectural composition of your home.

Railings with Black Glass

Sleek is very much the name of the game with this design. As well as giving you all the necessary fall protection suitable for a busy office or home, this kind of railing suits a modern staircase to a T.

It’s beautiful architectural handrail design and black glass gives is often used to nicely offset pastel colours throughout the home.

Railings with Black Glass
Artistic Railings

Artistic Railings

If you consider yourself a creative type, then you may want to consider one of the many artistic railings which you might come across. Many of these have flowing, almost floral designs, and may put you in mind of Victorian era staircases. They are seeing a revival at the moment, so wouldn’t look out of place in any modern staircase at home.

Factors to Consider when Choosing Your Railing Design

Budget and Cost-Effectiveness

Your budget will play a huge role in which design you make use of.  Choose a railing that you are able to afford, taking into consideration any other costs you might be budgeting for - for instance, if you are carrying out renovations throughout your home.


The more durable a railing is, the longer it will last, and the more effectively it will keep people safe. Durability depends largely on the material used in construction, but also the way in which the railing is installed. You will always want your railings to be as durable as possible.


Above all else, a handrail needs to be safe, so never allow the design of one to overtake this vital function. Ensure it meets UK regulations: according to the law, the height of a railing needs to be at least 1.1 metres high, while a railing used on stairs or balconies must have gaps under 99 mm in all directions. These measures are designed to protect children and animals from coming into harm.


Be sure to consider how you will  maintain the handrail. There’s no doubt that some are easier than others to take care of, so this should feature in your consideration.

Feeling inspired? At Bromsgrove Steel, we offer design advice to help make your glass balustrade and railing design ideas become a reality. Get in touch, or find out more about our Balustrade and Handrail Design services