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Create a space to pass by with interest, rather than letting the decor go unnoticed. Because most staircase wall decors demand attention – welcome the right staircase wall idea to enhance walkway space.
Staircase and hallway decorative ideas range from classic gallery walls of framed artwork to imaginative painting ideas to make a design statement. Decorative wall panels and wallpapers also create standout decorating elements, both of which should be considered to inject maximum style impact into a small space.
Staircase Wall Decor Ideas
“The wall at the top of the stairs can lend itself to many types of art or mirror installations,” Jenny Allan, founder of Jenny Allan Design, says on Instagram at @jennyallandesign.
“It’s important to measure all proportions given the double height in a stairwell, so a standard-sized piece of art may not be suitable. Walls in art galleries can work very well and are often popular on stairs, as well as sculptural pieces or a large statement canvas. ‘
“Landing spaces are delicate and can often be overlooked, with the emphasis on the main living areas. But by adding appropriate elements to these areas, the overall layout of a house is cohesive and well thought out.
1. Add elegance with wall panels
A sleek wall paneling idea is fabulous for any space, especially a staircase where you can add maximum impact where space is minimal. Decorative wall panels add a sense of grandeur to a staircase wall, creating a subtle yet sophisticated decor to frame the stairs.
Make even more style statement with this idea by adding color to the paneling or wall pattern above, with character wallpaper.
2. Cover the walls with coordinating framed artwork.
Why be subtle when you can make a statement? In an already narrow stairwell you can’t worry about making the space feel closed, you’d almost be better off owning it by decorating every inch of wall space to celebrate what you have to work with . In this captivating staircase idea, the decor theme is striking monochrome, with white gallery-like walls to bring out the dramatic black and white prints in black frames.
3. Shift wall art to guide direction on a staircase
Use the direction of the stairs to dictate the layout of your chosen wall art that runs along the stairs. Carefully measure the space and plan a staggered display that subconsciously guides the eye up and down the stairs, in line with the angles of the stairs.
Perform a contrasting color slither painted below to go even further to frame both the stairs and the wall display of your choice.
4. Get creative with a painted wall mural
Add a fun element to an empty space with the introduction of a playful wall mural. Whether you stick to a stencil drawing or decide to freestyle, a mural is a great way to add unique interest to the walls of a stairwell.
5. Inject personality with prints
For a less formal feel, mix and match frames and prints to create a less structured gallery wall idea that shows some personality. Use this idea to add pops of bright color to contrast the decor surrounding the prints. In this predominantly monochrome scheme, pops of pink and red go a long way in attracting attention in the decorative space.
6. Keep it simple and practical
To keep things simple in a small hallway, stick to minimal decoration on the walls. Keep the decor in a bright neutral, the best white paint for the bright look of the space will do just fine. Add purely functional, paired back accessories to the walls so as not to distract from the quiet, clutter-free vibes.
This white hallway space consists of a trendy round mirror and a thin shelf for keys, a few knick-knacks, and a potted plant.
7. Make a statement with wallpaper
Upgrade a staircase décor in an instant by adding a stunning wallpaper pattern to the most dominant wall. This will often be either the wall that runs along the staircase or the wall above, depending on the layout of the staircase. Choose the wall that will receive the most impact, making sure that the paper is the most visible and that it is given full attention.
Wallpapering a hallway or landing requires a lot of care and long ladders to reach the top – a wallpaper job that we recommend taking a professional.
8. Hang an organized feature gallery wall
9. Create an alternative home office
Use the space on the landing above the stairs to set up a smart alternative idea of a small home office. Use the walls in this space to mount motivational artwork and storage cubes to make it look more like a desk.
A landing space may not seem like the most obvious place for an office, but when space is at a premium, it is the perfect solution. Installing a home office in the area above a staircase not only maximizes otherwise unused space, but saves you from having to settle into a “social” room.
10. Use the space to store coats and shoes
Make the most of the limited space by giving it a purpose. This compact area on the landing features a wardrobe for coats and shelves for shoes with cupboards above. The space would otherwise be unused, making it a valuable area to use for such a functional purpose.
11. Welcome a slice of light by adding a window
In a dark staircase, adding a window can be totally transformative. In this light-deprived stairwell, a narrow window has been added to accommodate a slide of light into the frame, which is all this space really needs to have more impact.
While thoughtful staircase lighting ideas can help brighten up the space, natural light will effortlessly flood the stairwell with light throughout the day.
12. Combine wallpaper with mirrors for a characteristic wall
Liven up the area at the top of the stairs with a decorative wallpaper wall with mirrors on top to make sure all eyes are on that wall. Mirrors will help reflect light around the space, making it airy and brighter, both in daylight and overhead lighting. Frameless mirrors, such as these vintage-style designs, work best for the glass to blend seamlessly into the design behind – a frame may collide with the flow.
13. Elevate storage
The upper level of a staircase is mainly redundant space, difficult to access and therefore not considered valuable space. Try this idea and flip that theory by choosing to use space more efficiently by hanging wall mounted storage units.
14. Contrasting colors to give depth to the space
Take an alternate approach to painting your stairwell by highlighting the stairs in a bold accent color, like this example of cheerful yellow, contrasted beautifully with a serene shade of gray on the top half of the wall.
15. Introduce a wall of mirrors to make a light and airy landing
Using the same principle of using mirrors to add light and decoration to a staircase, try hanging a selection of mirrors to fill an entire wall on a landing. Ornate mirrors add a touch of trendy Cottagcore charm to the look. Visit charity stores and boot sales to pick up a selection of traditional mirror treasures.
16. Compliment surrounding materials
When creating a wall of frames in a small staircase, invite a mix of materials to match those surrounding the space, to create flow throughout the decor. In this compact hallway scene, the idea of the wooden banister and the wooden venetian blinds are found in the frame choices, to create cohesion for the theme. Instead of everything being mathematical and overpowering, the wood accents are balanced by white, gray, and gold accents.
17. Think outside the box for a mirror display
Hang mirrors to reflect light and add interest, but do it with a difference – hang wearable designs to make a real impression. This staircase space gives an original feel with the addition of a group of different mirror designs all hanging to create a sort of alternative gallery wall.
18. Use the wall for smart storage solutions
Use the walls at the top of your staircase to provide surprising storage ideas, such as overflowing rooms beyond. Simple book ledges on this landing are the perfect place to store books to avoid overcrowding a small children’s room.
19. Pretend to have a sense of space with smart wallpaper
Add depth with trompe l’oeil wallpaper that makes the wall look like a series of shelves. While the look is loaded, it does add depth to the layout, as the right paper can be compelling enough to think there’s an extra layer of storage.
How to decorate the wall at the top of the stairs?
“A staircase and landing should be an area designed to keep the design flowing around the house, so any items placed there should relate to the rest of the project,” says Jenny. “It is important not to overload a bearing and make it appear small. A narrow console can therefore be an ideal choice. “
“If space permits, a side chair or even a stylish lounge chair can give the area a comfortable and organized feel. Landings can sometimes be dark spaces, so having a table lamp or mirrors on the walls can make the area brighter and more welcoming.