One of the most awkward spaces to decorate in a home is the staircase. No matter the layout, you likely have some bare walls that need something to give them a little life.
But, you need to be mindful of the space because staircase wall decoration can quickly become cluttered or just seem even more awkward with a disproportionate amount of decor.
Depending on your staircase, you may want to do a whole gallery wall or maybe just a few carefully placed items to create a more curated look. If you’re not sure where to start, take a look at these amazing stair wall decorations that you can totally recreate in your own home.
1.Bright & Sunny
Filling your stairway walls with a gallery look is a pretty common way to go, but curating it with bright pieces that create the look of a sunny day – like this one – is more unique.
To do this, you’ll want to stick with a summery color scheme with lots of yellow, orange, and warm pink. Painting the stairs a rainbow of colors certainly doesn’t hurt the look, but that’s entirely optional.
2.Shiplap & Farmhouse Decor
If you prefer a more minimalist approach, and are a fan of the farmhouse chic aesthetic, add shiplap to your stairway walls! That in itself can serve as enough decoration to differentiate the space from the rest of the house, and it adds a rustic appeal.
You can also go a step further and hang a few pieces of art on the shiplap. If you do this, make sure it’s not cluttered, because the lines from the shiplap can make a gallery look chaotic instead of curated.
Instead of traditional framed prints, try something that truly ‘pops’ instead, like 3D art. You don’t need a lot of it, just a few pieces will create some texture and variety in your stairway so that it looks styled instead of bare.
4.Color Scheme Gallery
Sometimes the gallery look can be a little over stimulating and busy, but you can tone that down a bit if you stick to a single color scheme.
In this photo, dark blue and white is used throughout the pictures to add a little uniformity to the look. It creates a really gorgeous finished product that would look like pure chaos if it weren’t so carefully crafted by color.
5.Square Framed Art
For a lot of people, decor needs to be symmetrical and have clean lines. If that’s the case for you, hang a few pieces of art in square frames going diagonally up the wall.
Unlike rectangles, squares have perfect proportions so they create a very clean look. Three large square frames hung at an angle on the stairway wall will fill the space in a careful symmetrical way.
6.Outdoor Inspired Art
Your stairway can feel like walking through nature with a few pieces of art that are inspired by the outdoors.
In this photo, the stairway wall is decorated with framed prints of leaves, trees, and birds. All of the pieces coordinate together well in both theme and general aesthetic without looking chaotic or out of place.
Maps are super easy to find, and can come in a variety of sizes, making them a perfect choice for framed decor.
Find map prints from somewhere that’s meaningful to you, maybe it was a vacation, your hometown, or where you got married, and hang them in the stairway. You can opt for one big map, a few small ones, or a gallery of mixed sizes.
Rather than try to style your stairway for all year round, turn it into a space where you can swap things out based on seasons and holidays!
Hang a wreath that can be dressed up or down depending on the month, hang framed greeting cards that you can easily change, and leave space for some thematic signs. Your stairway can evolve right along with the seasons!
Is your stairway a little dark? Instead of art, opt for decorative sconces that will both add some style to the space as well as some light.
If you’re hoping to get something on a switch, you may need to call in an electrician. However, there are also a lot of sconces you can find that work on battery or with motion sensors so you can still get the look without all the electric work.
If you have an ongoing theme throughout your home, bring it up into the stairway! In this photo, you can see they chose an Americana look which ties into the home’s overall look.
You can easily bring your midcentury modern aesthetic into your stairway with some simple prints or hang a piece of barnwood art for a rustic look. Whatever theme you like, play it up in your stairway!