Old picture frames with good shapes and details can be easily repainted to match whatever scheme you wish. No glass in the frame? Hang the frame on the wall and tape a picture in the middle for a fun, electic look! (eclectic staircase by Kasey Buick)
would this make my stairway feel closed in, cause I like that pics are on display but not out in public areas of my home. Make your home as comfortable and attractive as possible and then get on with living. There's more to life than decorating.