4 Creative ways to decorate your Enclosed Staircase

4 Creative ways to decorate your Enclosed Staircase

Problems can arise from enclosed staircases when it comes to decoration. Frustratingly, staircases are not quite as simple as decorating a living room!
The key to good staircase decor is to keep things in the right scale, or the right size for the area, so that they don’t overpower the space. In addition, items must be hung at the right height so that they look visually pleasing.

Create a Focal Point

One large picture or mirror is sometimes all you need to decorate an enclosed space.

If you decide to hang a single picture/mirror, check that this measures at least 60cms height but not more than 90cms width, otherwise, it will spread too low into the stairway. More so if you opt to have a railing.

A picture/mirror with a thin frame would work best, because a large, decorative frame will visually extend into the walking space. Hang the image/mirror in the centre of the staircase so that it’s dead centre hangs at eye level when you are standing on the stair in front of the picture.

Gallery Wall

A gallery wall gives the eye something to travel across the entire length of the stairway. This strategy allows you to be a little less structured. Hang pictures randomly, with frames of different sizes and shapes, along the wall.

Hang some pictures on top of each other, some close together and some further apart. Keep things about eye level for each stair, but feel free to deviate a little in order to create a sense of randomness.



Wallpaper works well for a closed staircase because it is flat, and won’t extend into the space, but it creates a huge visual impact. Although a small, simple pattern will do the job, for a real wow effect, consider using a large, colourful print.

This works best in a stairway with plenty of light so that the print doesn’t get lost in the dark and begin to look muddy. Look for a print that has elements about the size of a human hand and stick to print with no more than three colours.


Image source:  https://www.wallanddeco.com/en-us/catalog/families/contemporary-wallpaper-collection-2022-assenzio/

3D Wall Art

Just because the space is a little tighter in a closed staircase than a bedroom or living room doesn’t mean that you can’t use three-dimensional elements on the wall. Look for things that are 5cms or under in depth.

Follow the same philosophy as you would when hanging pictures, meaning that everything should sit at eye level when standing on the stair in front of it and you can either use one large focal piece or several random smaller pieces.


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