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What to do with big empty space in stairway

R KJanuary 13, 2013
As you can see from the pics, there's a lot of empty space. I have thought about some big pieces of art on the currently blank walls. I've also considered converting that dome light into a lower power recessed light and hanging a largeish fixture over the stairs. Thoughts?
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I like how they treated the tall skinny wall in their staircase. Something like that might be nice for the wall you face when you descend.
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This colorful display brings welcome brightness and interest to the stairs.
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I think the three framed things you have up now don't provide enough impact. I think something bigger and bolder needs to be on that right wall (looking down).

Your lighting idea would offer some needed interest also, but it will change what you do on the walls.

Just another pic that caught my eye:
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Skinny tapestry for skinny wall
Queen Anne Victorian Home in the Highlands · More Info
    Bookmark   January 13, 2013 at 3:32PM
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I would suggest wainscotting down the stairs with medium to small sized pictures down the sides of the wall. Make sure the frames are uniform in color. Hope this helps.
    Bookmark   January 13, 2013 at 3:39PM
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A chandelier or larger pendant fixture centered over landing would brighten things and create a destination. I would also recommend a collage effect with smaller pictures in uniform frames for the large wall.
    Bookmark   January 13, 2013 at 3:49PM
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Starting to think that a mirror would look good on the skinny wall.

When you guys say "large wall", do you mean the one with the main railing or the opposite wall?
    Bookmark   January 14, 2013 at 2:09PM
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Wallmark Custom Homes
A mirror would help make it feel more open and if you hung a light fixture that would help brighten it
    Bookmark   January 14, 2013 at 2:14PM
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OK, I think I'm definitely going to do a tall mirror on the skinny wall (just have to find one) and a light fixture. Looking at this light fixture as my #1 choice: http://www.restorationhardware.com/catalog/product/product.jsp?productId=prod1157454&categoryId=cat1701013

This mirror works proportionally and style-wise, but I'm worried it's not big enough: http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/10121252/
    Bookmark   February 2, 2013 at 8:25PM
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Warner Decor
I think you need something with more color. Here are a few choices:


    Bookmark   February 21, 2014 at 2:02PM
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I did a "gallery" going up my stairway. All the same frame, all matted in white mat board - and some were black and white family photos and others were very colorful artwork my young kids did (the best ones they've done)
    Bookmark   February 21, 2014 at 2:35PM
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Thos. Baker
One large piece in the area over the stairs will have far more impact than several smaller ones. Think outside the box and look into pieces that provide architectural interest and detail.
    Bookmark   February 21, 2014 at 2:52PM
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Rebecca Hite Real Estate, Huntington Properties
A bright collage of family photos or art pieces could brighten up the space and add a personal touch. Large maps of your area are popular for staircases too. Best of luck!
    Bookmark   February 26, 2014 at 1:46PM
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