I am helping a client plan a family wall of art. She lives in a house with a spectacular spiral staircase and has a large wall she’d love to use to showcase family photos.
Just a pretty spiral staircase, unrelated to art here (source)
First we went to Ikea for several sizes of Ribba frames. Then we’re going to take out the paper inside first (which is basically the size of the frame) and tape them to the wall to make sure we are happy with the arrangement (example below). Hanging them will take a professional installer with a staircase ladder so we need to do this work in advance.
Then, once we decide that we like what we have arranged, we will get a few framed professionally so that it looks like a combination of different frames.
Spacing doesn’t seem to be an issue as you can see by the photos I’ve posted below. Random or spaced perfectly, it all looks great.
If you want more of a formal art gallery look, keep the frames all the same colour but I also like them in different colours. The mats in the same colour keeps the look cohesive.
I’ll be showing Before and Afters, but in the meantime, here are some great photos for inspiration on all the different combinations of sizes:
I like this one with the big frame and then the smaller ones around it.
I cannot imagine what kind of scaffolding this would have taken to install!
This is a great example of images hung randomly.
This arrangement is dramatic but most of these frames are too small for my client’s wall.
This should provide enough inspiration for a variety of combinations on your stairwell wall!
Is yours empty or do you have it decorated (my stairwell is still a work in progress).
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