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How to Style a Tall Staircase Wall the Easy Way

Do you have trouble decorating the walls in your stairwell? Check out how transformed our tall staircase wall the easy way.

Hey there! 

I’m so happy we started this blog because now I’m always inspired to find new ways to decorate our homes.

Or even look at ordinary areas of our home differently. 

Like the coffee station in our kitchen…I hadn’t given it much thought…I just grabbed a tray large enough to hold all the essentials along with our coffee maker and stuck it in the corner.

But Anne mentioned that she appreciates how I look at every area of my home as an opportunity to decorate. 

I never thought of it like that but I take it as a compliment!

Thanks, my friend!

So let’s talk about my house…the front staircase is really tall…like two stories high in one part of it. 

Ohhh…nice you say? 

Hmm…well, I do love the sense of space that it creates but it also has some challenges too. 

It’s difficult to paint the stairwell walls since neither Chris or I are a fan of heights.

Tall walls are hard to decorate because you can’t hang everything at eye level like you can with eight or even nine-foot ceilings.

And even changing a light fixture is not so easy with a double-height stairway. 

Umm…we may have a new light fixture sitting in our garage that has yet to be hung. 

And that light fixture may have been purchased over two years ago. 

Geez…hopefully someday soon we will get that thing hung up.

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How to Decorate Stairways

view of staircase with black picture frames hanging on wall and dining room beyond stairs

In my home, we have two sets of stairs that meet halfway up.

One set goes up from our family room/kitchen area…let’s call that our back stairs…oh so fancy!

And the other set leads up from our foyer…those are the two-story high stairway…let’s call them our front stairs…lol. 

I created a fun gallery wall of family pictures on the wall going up the back staircase from the kitchen that’s filled with photos of my children with they were little that I love.

But I was having trouble deciding what to do with the front stairway walls.

Since we have two walls of framed family pictures in the room that opens to the foyer and front stairs with my huge farmhouse gallery wall I didn’t want to add more photo frames.

I tried to hang a large tobacco basket on this high wall but that didn’t work out too well. 

Do you remember all the spaces I tried to decorate with that awesome basket? 

Check out where the tobacco basket finally found its home here.

How to Style a Tall Staircase Wall

blank two story wall in staircase

I’ve been looking for a solution to style this tall blank wall since we moved into this house over 10 years ago but nothing seemed right. 

I really like the look of rustic window frames or wood architectural plaques. 

The vintage mirror on my fireplace mantle is so pretty but since it has glass, it’s super heavy and I don’t want to hang anything that heavy on a narrow staircase.

But I haven’t found something that would be tall enough for the space. 

It needs to be taller than it is wide to fill the space adequately. 

One night my husband and I stopped in Kirkland’s just to browse around. 

Well…honestly, he just came along with me after we had dinner out…because does any husband really love to shop for home decor? lol

But while we were looking around the store we found a great wood decor piece that we both liked.

And it was tall or long or…well, however you are measuring…it would fill the tall wall.

I was thrilled to finally find something that was the perfect size. 

architectural wood wall décor hanging above picture frame molding in staircase


What do you think?

I love how it visually takes up a lot of space from the top of the picture frame molding all the way up the wall.

And the distressed wood coordinates well with the other modern farmhouse decor I have throughout my home.

Unfortunately, Kirkland’s no longer carries this specific wall arch piece but this one from Amazon is really pretty.

And this one is also from Amazon and would be great to add a wreath that you can change out each season so it always looks different.

I found a bunch of other great options for you at the end of this post to check out.

How to Hang Wood Architectural Wall Arch

cathedral distressed wood wall décor in staircase

This cathedral arch is surprisingly lightweight for its size.

I didn’t want to risk it falling or getting knocked around on the wall so decided to hang it with command strips rather than nails.

Have you ever searched for the perfect decor item for a space in your home for months or even years only to find it when you weren’t even looking?

That’s the best, am I right?

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collage of various wood and metal cathedral window and mirror wall décor

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