Here's an inexpensive way to create some interest in a hallway or stairwell.
We created the diagonal photo montage for a client in Redondo Beach, California.
Using existing family candids we mounted the photos on inexpensive frames from Target, similar to these. We chose white frames to match the banister, baseboard and existing fixtures.
The trick to achieving an expensive look: we used a 10% coupon and had the mats custom cut at a local frame store. (Yes, some designers actually use coupons!)
Finally, to lead your eye from the downstairs public rooms to the upstairs private living quarters we painted the hallway a bright red (from Benjamin Moore).