When you’re shopping for wall art, your staircase might not be the first space that comes to mind. However, a well-decorated house requires strict attention to detail. Each corner of your house should be curated to perfection, and your staircase is no exception! Give your home a whole new look by adding wall art to the space above your staircase. Explore our top wall art trends and tips from pro designers, and take your interior to the next level.

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Summer is here! With a new season comes new trends. Get your home ready for summer and discover contemporary styles inspired by this carefree season. Your staircase deserves love too! View our top tips to elevate your staircase space below:

Staircase Wall Paintings: Pro Tips

Our resident art director, Tirzah Goodman, has put together a collection of trendysummer greenery” prints. These pieces combine pops of color and palm-leaf prints for a look that’s modern and effortlessly fun.

Expert interior designer Yoko Chow, of Yoko Chow Design LLC, suggests pairing your summery print with live greenery:

“I always consider [the theory of] biophilia when designing a space,” she continues, “A number of studies have shown that indoor plants are effective at reducing stress, improving productivity, and even purifying polluted air. Introducing indoor plants and greenery into a room is fairly easy to try. The options are vast, as are the benefits.”

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Another hot style to consider is combining words with wall art. Showcase what brings you joy with our “definition wall art” collection. Art director Tirzah Goodman has hand-selected prints that use modern imagery and minimalist typography for a truly contemporary look.

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Staircase Wall Paintings: Pro Tips

ElephantStock’s design expert Elimar Lobo Sáenz seconds the typography trend:

“Inspirational typography is a simple way to improve our mindset. Especially considering our current worldwide situation, we need to be surrounded by as much positivity as possible. Inspiring quotes and motivational typography is a subtle way to create a positive environment and boost our everyday energy.”

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Staircase Color Ideas

When it comes to color, dare to be bold! Because your staircase area most likely lacks any statement furniture, let your wall art be the star of the show.

Staircase Wall Paintings: Pro Tips

Design pro Elimar Lobo Sáenz discusses red as a hot color trend for 2021:

“[With the emphasis on light and bright minimalism] red may seem like a surprising shade for 2021. However, there are a wide range of shades available. You can introduce red into your color scheme without going overboard. A splash of red represents spontaneity, ambition, and passion.”

Pair fiery shades of red with a body-positive print from our Abstract Figure collection curated by Tirzah Goodman.

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Canvas Size Guide

If you need help selecting your perfect canvas size, reference our Ultimate Wall Art Size Guide. For a sneak preview, check out this piece of advice regarding choosing the right canvas for a hallway or unconventional space:


Large wall art that measures 36 inches by 75 inches in height and width can create a polished, classic look in your hallway. This wall art size works well in long hallways as well as over your entertainment area.
Wall art of this size can have printed inspirational quotes or a collection of your favorite travel or family photographs printed on each canvas.

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Artwork Shapes & Layouts

Select a canvas shape to match your interior style. We have a layout for every home! If you love the simple, classic look, select a single-panel print. A vertical-style print is ideal for staircase décor and elevating narrow spaces. To fill the space in a fun and creative way, consider a panoramic-shaped canvas. You also can’t go wrong with a modern multi-panel print with 3-5 pieces. Last but not least, don’t discount the funky 7-piece hexagonal layout.

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Related Design Tips & Topics

Read more about current wall art trends on our blog. Explore everything from multicolored minimalism to matisse, and discover the hottest print ideas for 2021. We combine advice from interior designers with trending topics to create comprehensive guides for the modern designer. Whether you’re obsessed with Scandinavian style, or you’re a maximalist at heart, we have a guide tailored to your unique interests. For more staircase decor ideas, view another staircase-specific post here. Happy decorating!

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