Good Questions: Ideas for Floating Staircase?

Shauna is looking for some ideas: We have a floating staircase in the home we just purchased. We actually like the open feeling it provides (a somewhat modern loft look in a dull mid-century home), but it is very dated. The original staircase was concrete steps with a pebble aggregate. It was then later covered with carpeting...
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We've considered adding risers to the stairs to make them normal stairs and just carpet it, but that seems like giving up an opportunity to do something cool and contemporary. What about doing a slate pebble tile directly over the existing aggregate?

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I'd love any ideas you have to share. And while you're at it, if you have any ideas how to modernize a dated wrought iron railing, we'd love those too. Thanks so much!

Please share your ideas and advice with shauna in the comments below...

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