Next Project: Staircase Gallery Wall

When I walk around our townhouse, even though we’re renting, I am pretty happy with the decor and the art that’s hanging. There are a few things I would change, of course, but I find myself seldomly buying home items lately because I feel like everything is pretty close to how I’d like it to be. The one big area that I haven’t touched yet is the wall of the staircase. It intimidates me and, now that I know it’s my last big project to tackle (with the exception of the office because that room has zero direction which I’m okay with right now), it’s like it’s staring me down every time I am on the stairs wondering why it’s still naked.

This is our current situation.


Kind of sad looking, huh? I’ve looked at SO many pictures of staircase gallery walls and I think that’s the direction I’d like to go in. It’s just really overwhelming. Here are the questions currently swimming around in my head:

1-Do I use all the same size frames or do I want to use varying sizes?

2-Should the frames all be one color or a variety of colors?

3-Do I want to mix in objects? Letters? Keepsakes?

4-Which pictures do I want to include? Vacation photos? Do I want to use ones of JUST scenes or ones with family in them and the dogs? Do I incorporate some of my watercolor paintings?

5-Do I want all the photos to be black and white? Color photos? A mixture?

6-Instead of framed photos on the wall, do I want to build rails so I can easy move the frames around and switch things up more often? (And add in holiday decor?)

First-world problems, right?

Below are some of my favorites I’ve found online.


This is so bold — I love it! Absolutely eye-catching!



White frames. Black and white photos. Simple and classic.



LOVE this — but would I get sick of it? Have to really commit with this design



LOVE the mixture of prints and photos in this one and the sheer volume of photos. But, would I be overwhelmed?



Love this look, but, again, a commitment. I’m afraid I’d be over it in a week.



Staggering ledges could be SO cool…and would allow me to make changes if I get bored. I envision something like this with the same length of ledge spaced out going down the stairs (so going lower and moving towards the bottom if you’re looking down at the stairs–and if that makes sense! Ha!)



This is simple and captivating at the same time.



This really doesn’t fit with our decor, but I had to throw it in because it’s gorgeous.



I like this – minus the two small white frames. Would probably keep it uniform and stay with the same color.


As I start planning, I’ll definitely be researching guides on the best strategies to put a gallery wall together. I found this website, so I’m hoping I can utilize some of its tips.

I would LOVE to hear any and all advice regarding this project. I’m in the process of gathering up the unused frames I have laying around or packed up in our storage unit and then… let the fun begin!

Thanks for reading and hope you’re having a wonderful week – have a great day!


5 thoughts on “Next Project: Staircase Gallery Wall

  1. Rebecca McClary

    I always tell myself less is more (actually, mr. Triner taught me that in 8th grade art class). If you are concerned with a huge commitment, may I suggest to start with a smaller area then build on from there!? I make painted wooden pieces if you go that direction … I could give you some tips (and I have a cricut 😊). Happy planning!!!

  2. A wise man (mr. Triner) once taught me, “less is more.” May I suggest to start with a smaller area and see how you like it for a few weeks then jump into your larger commitment? I’ve thought about painting some frames onto my walls too! I create custom painted wood pieces … If you go that route, I could share some tips! (I also have a cricut)! Happy planning!!! Can’t wait to see what you decide.

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