Home Sweet Home Magazine - December 2021

staircase photo displays really come down to proper measuring and planning. Here’s a quick guide to perfectly design this well-traveled space to display your favorite family photos or artwork. 1. Measure the height, width and pitch of the stairwell wall. This step is crucial to making sure your display layout is balanced

For example, if you have a series of paintings or

photographs in corresponding sizes that complement each other, you can craft a distinctive display by hanging the

and your artwork hangs at an increasingly descending level that corresponds to the downward slope of the staircase wall.

pieces at different

levels, creating the perception of a line to draw attention to your chosen focal piece. Don’t be afraid to experiment with different configurations! That said, if you are looking to hang something at eye level, the general standard is to hang the piece so that the midpoint is between 57-60 inches from the floor. If your family members tend to be on the shorter side, hang the piece closer to the floor. If your family members are tall or if you live in a home with high, vaulted ceilings, you will want to hang the piece higher. Eyeing a Gorgeous Gallery Wall for Your Staircase? Staircase walls lined with photos are a staple in homes across the country (and appear in nearly every family film). Beautiful

2. Once you have taken

and written down these measurements, sketch an image of the wall for reference. 3. Using painter’s tape, recreate the shape and scale of the wall by doing a mock layout on the floor. 4. Next, layout the frames you intend to use, one at a time, by placing them inside the painter’s tape floor layout. *Be sure to leave 6-10 inches of blank space along the bottom — this ensures you leave enough room for foot traffic up and down the stairs without disturbing the art. 5. Try different configurations until a cohesive look emerges that combines the right assortment of images with the correct balance of frame shapes and negative space. Pay particular attention to the pieces you wish to use as focal points.

6. You may find it helpful to use some empty frames as you design your final layout. This leaves space to add additional photos, artwork and other collectibles down the road. 7. Take a photo of the final layout for reference. 8. Hang each item in its designated spot using a hammer, picture nails and the appropriate hanging hardware based on the weight of the framed piece. 9. When each piece of art is hung in its designated place, apply museum putty (a strong, yet removable adhesive you roll into balls) to the bottom corners of each frame to keep them securely in place.


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