How to decorate a large staircase wall

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How to decorate a large staircase wall
Make your large staircase wall as a feature with decorations. (Comstock/Comstock/Getty Images)

The staircase is often the first thing you see when you enter a two-story home, so it is of extreme importance to make this wall a key feature in the room that will welcome you and your guests upon your arrival. Paint, wallpaper, art, pictures and accessories are simple decorations to add to the beauty of the staircase. Stonework or tile adds an alternate design feature to your staircase wall.

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    Paint the large staircase wall. The colour should complement the colours on other nearby walls, or it can be a neutral colour. Use painter's tape to protect any moulding or the hand rail if it's on this wall. A bold graphic is another option. For example, if nearby walls are painted white, a bold graphic to use would be a zebra or polka dot pattern.

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    Add adhesive wall decorations or paint a pattern onto the walls. Wall decals or stencils are two options that allow you to quickly and easily apply a pattern to the walls. Paint flowers, geometric shapes or a decorative design every few inches. Leave a few inches of space between each decal if you choose to use these instead.

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    Apply wallpaper if desired. Wallpaper is an affordable method to make the wall conform to the decorative theme of your choice. An alternative is to use a border around only the top of the wall.

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    Add decorative stone to the wall if desired. Most stones that are typical flooring options can also be adhered to the wall. Marble, granite, decorative concrete, ceramic tile, glass tile or a combination of tiles are all options that can add a luxurious look to your wall.

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    Hang family pictures to the staircase wall. Use black and white photos for a classic look or use picture frames that blend well with the wall. For example, a sand-coloured frame complements a beige wall. Use a variety of picture frame sizes and shapes, but use the same type and colour of frame, such as wood or metal. Hang the pictures so that they rise with the rise of the stairs.

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    Hang art as an alternative to pictures. Three to five large pieces of art fill a large staircase wall. Hang the canvases at the same height or have them increase in height with the rise of the stairs.

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    Add accessories. Accessories can decorate the wall on their own, or can complement other wall decorations, such as wallpaper, art or pictures. A large mirror makes the room seem bigger, and sconces help light up your picture gallery. A shelf that is at a height that doesn't interfere with staircase traffic allows you to place knick-knacks from vacations or a few accessories that match your decor.

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