Many of us share a mixed response toward newels. Some of us consider them to be an essential part of any staircase, while a few others tend to look at them as too primitive and not becoming the décor of a modern home. This is especially true in the case of the box newel post which was an inseparable part of staircases built in the last century but is slowly falling in popularity with modern stair remodelers.
The fact is; a box newel post can still be added to a modern home to a great effect. Unless you are aiming for a rather stark or minimalist look, or have something very unique in mind, box newels can be safely added to any staircase to make it look not just more elegant and beautiful, but also improve its overall strength and sturdiness. Truly enough, box newels exude a strong Victorian or traditional essence, but believe me, I’ve seen many modern staircases that have made striking use of them to elevate themselves to a whole new level.
These days, stair part manufacturers offer a wide collection of ready to use newels and the designs are truly remarkable and will suit most tastes. However, you can also have custom newels for a very distinctive look. When it comes to choosing newels for the stairs, there are two primary variants to pick from. These are, round or turned newels and the hollow, box-shaped newels. Of these, the latter kind is definitely more striking and visually appealing. However, round newels are also popular and can lend a very unique dimension to a stairway is properly applied.