Stairway Picture Wall

Stairway Picture Wall

I think I’ve mentioned it before, but I’ll mention it again—-I am NOT good with details.  I see big picture-like the colors of the walls, the shapes of the room, but accessorizing???  No way.  It scares me to death.

Enter my mom.

I enlisted her to help me put some frames on my stairway wall.  I hit up Ikea earlier this week and snagged 11 frames for less than $40!  Oh yeah!

I originally started with the pictures I had and tried to find frames, but I not so quickly  eventually realized it’s much easier to start with the frames, then find the pictures to go in them…so that’s what we did.  I used a random collection of frames I’ve gathered over time.  Here’s some on amazon if you’re looking for a quick buy (affiliate link used)

We started off by practicing on the floor: (PS-Those sub-floors won’t be naked for much longer….I picked up 37 boxes of beautiful floors on Friday!)

Once we had the general idea of which frames would go where we traced the frames on to some paper and cut them out as temporary holding places on the wall.

This is how it started.  In a very straight, organized, diagonal line.  I called Alex to give me his opinion on it and he changed it around a little bit.  I like it even better after he did.

I know that this is just the beginning of what the wall will be someday.  It may still look a little bare, but I will be able to add things to it over time.

 The walls aren’t naked anymore!!!!  Woohoooooo!!!   And doesn’t Abby look so dang cute just sitting up there?  I wish she’d sit perfectly still for all of my pictures:)

Yes, some of the frames are still empty, but that will be fixed soon enough.  The port-hole mirror and brass key were finds from Queen of Hearts Antique’s a couple of weeks ago.  I can’t wait to add more and more details as time goes by. I’m also looking into custom framing so I could get the shapes that I like. Art works are also great displays for you home and can be done through means of metal printing.

I created some of my own graphics on photoshop that are unique to me and/or Alex.  Some were Pinterest inspired, but most were just unique to us.  Here are the ones I used for the stairway.



Everything you’ll need:


Painter’s tape

I love this tool to help hang, but it’s certainly not necessary.

22 responses to “Stairway Picture Wall”

  1. Emily, thank you for your ideas. I have YEARS of family photos to hang in my staircase. My mom had the family photos up displayed for my childhood and It was a fond memory. We recently moved into our home and now I have a better idea on how to begin to tackle the project!

  2. Thanks so much for posting! As I was looking, I discovered, I love your stairs! Did you do those yourself? That’s another thing on my list of things to do!!

  3. Would you be interested in doing a blog on your stairs? Those are gorgeous and i’d love to do those in my home!

  4. Stairs first. I have stairs just like those. My angst over how to hang pictures on them,(I’ve been mulling it over for many years), is finally somewhat abated. Yours looks great.

    Floor. That is builder grade flooring? What did you do, oh, never mind, I saw the laminate.

  5. Hello Emily, I ave been searching for inspiration for ages and then saw your picture gallery on your stairs – perfect!
    PLEASE please can you give me an idea of the size of your frames? I am in the UK so will have to source them independently but a clue to the sizes would make life easier.
    It really does look great, Barbara

  6. My stairs are enclosed on both sides, should I hang my photos on the side with or without the handrail?!?!? Help me decide, please!

  7. I have 2 large horizontal pictures and one vertical picture. All three are of lighthouses. I’m thinking of hanging them down the stairs, horizontal- vertical- horizontal. Do I measure from the step up or make each one mid eye level?
    Thank you.

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