Friday, August 21, 2015

Staircase Gallery

So even though we have about a million other things more important we need to finish before we really start decorating, I got it in my crazy head that I needed a staircase gallery wall. Like, right now. I was convinced I could get away with using the gallery frames I had on hand and that I wouldn't have to spend any money. Well let's just say it wasn't pretty. See this photo if you need proof. So I enlisted the help of someone way more capable than me to handle this kind of project, my husband. Justin saved my gallery wall and I owe him big for it!

I will say this, staircase gallery hanging is really hard. We pulled out all the tricks. Cutting brown wrapping paper out the same size as the frames and using a piece of tape down the wall parallel to the railing, but we still had issues. The most important thing to me is that we had a specific pattern. I didn't want it to look like we just threw picture frames on the wall. So we started in the center and did half of the stairway. Then we just mimicked that exact same pattern going down the stairs. Make sense? Hopefully you can tell from the photos.

I hadn't really seen many gallery walls I liked. I don't love the ones that mix accessories in because I feel like its easy to over do it. At least I knew I would! I just wanted frames. I promised myself in this house I was going to think outside the box and not decorate every single room with photos so I just gave myself the staircase to do so. Pinterest was literally no help. We really had to do our own thing here. And by we I mean Justin. I just followed him around and said, yeah that looks good! I seriously could not have done this without that man! I am terrible with measurements and spacing, but I really wanted to get this right. Thanks to him, we totally did!

Whew! Gallery walls are hard to photograph! So many shadows!

Here's a breakdown of the frames I used (all from Ikea)

(TIP-for this project I used the RIBBA frames. If I would have went with the Virserum frames it would have cost me about $100 more. Just something to keep in mind.)

I like Ikea frames because they are cheap! Where else can you find oversized gallery frames starting at $7? Anytime I have a picture project they are definitely my first stop. Here is a breakdown of the frames I used for this project:

1-20x28 (for the very center of the wall)

I originally bought 20 frames for this project, but thought that looked overbearing so I used 15. I have 5 to return so the total cost for this gallery project in frames alone was roughly around $162. You can find oversized prints at Costco or Sam's Club for an amazing price. However, if you aren't willing to compromise on photo quality you may try WHCC for your professional prints. I have always been incredibly pleased with the color and quality. However, for a project like this (all my photographer friends are shaking their heads at me right now) I used Costco. Because let's be honest, a 16x20 print at Costco is a couple of bucks compared to almost $20 from WHCC. I just couldn't imagine how expensive this project would have turned out to be if I ordered all my prints from them.

This is what works for us and our staircase. Feel free to do whatever works for you and your family or use ours as a guide. Staircase galleries are no joke so I understand if you need something to "cheat" off of. ;)

When I was younger I used to babysit for this family who had an older, historical kind of home. It was so cozy, I loved everything about it. And lining their stairway were the most beautiful photos of their family. I remember thinking then, at 14, one day I want a gallery going up my stairs! Finally, all these years later I got one!

What do you think? I'm in love! I can't wait to get our runner ordered for the stairs, I feel like its going to tie everything together. Have a great weekend!


  1. It looks amazing! I found this on Instagram while looking at pics of stairs (about to torture myself by staining and painting mine!). Now I'm thinking I need a gallery, too. :)

  2. Love it seems like the perfect layout... Love your decor style and Hudson of course ��♥️


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