5 Great Ideas to Decorate a Staircase Wall

5 Great Ideas to Decorate a Staircase Wall


The staircase often presents a challenge when it comes to decorating so it blends in with the rest of the home décor. This can be a very easy are to include in your overall design.

#1 Wall Gallery

The ever popular wall gallery can be highlighted along the staircase wall. There are two approaches for this project. One is to design on the incline defined by the staircase and the other is to ignore the incline and fill the entire wall.

Inclined Wall Gallery

The wall along the staircase is often decorated with staggered photos and/or painting that match the incline angle. Traditionally, people have used this wall for framed family portraits and photos. You can create unity with this approach by using black and white photos or sepia tone photos.

  • Offer greater unity by using the same frame color.
  • Formal décors may prefer to use the exact same framing.

Break-up this space with varying sizes and shapes of frames, such as square, round, oval, rectangle, etc.

Whole Wall Gallery

A more contemporary approach to creating a staircase wall gallery is to fill the entire space with a variety of frames and wall art. Decide on your style and plan how you wish to decorate this space. Remember to use varying sizes to create interest and depth.

staircase wall gallery

#2 Relief Art

Relief art is another great way to decorate a staircase wall. You can buy various artistic renderings or old world plaques with an antiqued plaster finish, pewter, gold or other color. Various architectural motifs can be used.

If you’re creative, you may wish to make your own relief using store-bought greenery, vines or blooming branches of dogwood or cherry blossoms. You can create a classic relief look by spray painting an antique white or a wood color for a wooden effect.

Paper flowers are a highly popular relief art form that you can make and then attach to the wall.

#3 Chalkboard Paint

If your home style is child oriented, then you may want to use chalkboard paint to create framed art that can be changed by simply erasing the drawings and making new ones.

Outline your children’s hand and write their names along the top of the frame chalkboard. Add a ribbon bow in the top center of the frame, using the child’s favorite color.

You may prefer to draw leaves and color with various chalk colors. This type of decoration could become a family wall that the entire family participates in maintaining, changing the drawers to reflect seasons, holidays, birthdays, accomplishments and more.

#4 Living Wall

A living wall may be a new idea to you or you may think it’s only appropriate for a kitchen or dining area. There are all kinds of living walls, such as edible ones with lettuces, greens and herbs.

Since most staircases don’t have a lot of natural light, shade-loving plants are a great choice. You can purchase wall units that have built-in drip systems that can be filled once or twice a week that makes them practically maintenance free.

#5 Repurpose Old Windows

Salvaged paned window frames can be repurposed to use as frames for group photos.

  • Simply secure the photos behind the glass panes and hang the window as though it were a photo collage frame.
  • You can refinish the window, leave it distressed or create a distressed look.

Turn these horizontal and/or vertical depending on the wall space and height. You may prefer the look of alternating horizontal, vertical, horizontal and vertical. You might also add other wall art in the open spaces to give even greater depth of design interest.

Decorating Staircase Walls

Just as with any other area in your home, decorating a staircase wall should reflect your personal style and easily become a cohesive extension of your décor.


all photos: Behr


AuthorSally Painter

"Everyone can have a beautiful home decor. It just takes a little creativity," says author and freelance writer Sally Painter. This former commercial and residential designer is also a Feng Shui practitioner and believes that, "Everything you choose to put in your home should resonate with you emotionally. If it doesn't - get rid of it!"