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Every gallery wall example I have ever seen going up the stairs has been in a more open hallway design. I didn’t think it was possible with a narrow staircase like the one I have.
…and now I’m convinced that it’s exactly what I want to do once I repaint the hallway and living room. There are walls on both sides which is what I thought made a gallery wall impossible (seriously, how can you look at that many photos when they are only two feet from your eyeballs?), but I think it works here. The dark frames, white mats, and largely black and white photos keep this simple enough not to overwhelm. Plus, the simple design also means it should be pretty easy to DIY; black frames and white mats aren’t exactly difficult to come by, and neither is spray paint. My photos from traveling to Prague, Germany, and study abroad in college would look fantastic displayed in an area like this. I think I’ll even keep some of the frames completely blank, making it look like I’ve got plans and places to go (something about leaving it looking unfinished is intriguing to me).
I am loving this idea so much that I’m wiping drool off my face. Or maybe that’s just a left over side effect from yesterday’s trip to the dentist. Who knows. Thoughts? Do you love gallery walls, or do you think they have been overdone? Do you think it would look too overwhelming in a narrow staircase, or do you think it is a fun twist from the focal point walls you’ve seen in the past?