Decorating Ideas for a Pretty Stairwell

Stairwells are usually ignored or overly decorated.

The stairwell, a place you and your family pass several times in a day – is the perfect place for those precious smaller pictures, the ones you love but have nowhere else to go and here is a space where you can put them all together. There is an art to creating an effective montage. (A montage is a pictorial composition made by juxtaposing (or superimposing) many pictures in one place in order to create a new cohesive, total creation from the many). The important thing is not to think of your stairwell in parts – stand back and get a comprehensive view of the overall space.

The walls under and above your stairs provide a large amount of decorating play-space.  This part of the house leads up and into the more private parts of your house, and is the perfect place to hang family portraits, those private pictures you want to hang but not to put “in the face” of mere acquaintances who may pop in to visit.

Here is how it can be done right!

The Perfect Stairwell  It could be a Photo-to-Artwork Montage 
  •  The gray green walls recede giving the small space a bigger look.
  • There are family portraits, scenery and artifacts.
  • The white frames match the railings of the staircase, each enhancing the other.
  • The color of the wall is slightly different from both the upper and lower stories but it blends with both.

A very good idea is to mix family pictures with scenery, possibly places the family has been together. Contrasting black and white scenery with colored family pictures can produce a stunning effect especially if showcased against a pastel wall.

You have many topics to choose from on the Picture Lady web site to help you create a cohesive whole.  Spend a little time with virtual decorating before you decide what you want to do.

Have the goal is to provide the depth (perspective) in your nook, that makes the space look bigger and draws your family members in, and involves them.

Practical Details 

While you can do an eclectic mix of frames in your living quarters, it is wise to keep the frames and possibly even the mats the same on your stairwell wall.

Before hanging pictures, consider the lighting. If the stairs are dark, add overhead spotlights.

Storage opportunities

Downsizing Solutions

One last thought as many are thinking of downsizing right now; the area under your stairwell is the ideal place to find a little bit of extra storage. Planned well,  the area can become functional space as well as one of the most aesthetic corners in your home.

It is suggested that when planning your montage, that lay all the pictures on a large table or carpet, and shift them around until you get the effect that is pleasing.  Replicate the picture sizes in newspaper and stick these up on the wall before plugging in your picture hooks.

Quote for the Week

Serious is a word that must be entirely avoided when it comes to decoration.”  —Designer Kathryn M. Ireland