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How to decorate these shelves??

morris44February 8, 2013
I'm intimidated by these large shelves on my stairs! What should I put on them? On the other side of the stairs is a collage of picture frames. The ceilings are high. Any suggestions??
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Big ceramic pots with sculptural tree branches in the pots, perhaps even some led light in the tree branches - definitely something sculptural & tall, scal edown height as you go up
2 Likes    Bookmark   February 8, 2013 at 4:58PM
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Large, oversized low round pots, maybe terra cotta, filled with succulents. The don't have to match exactly, just complement each other. One big pot per landing. The fake succulents look just as good as the real thing if you don't want to worry about plants.

I just took a look at another view of your landings and they look more rectangular - so maybe use rectangular clay pots instead. Play around with it.

Whatever you do, don't fill it up with little knick-knacks.
1 Like    Bookmark   February 8, 2013 at 5:04PM
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Coralee Angell
These are pretty large shelves and putting small items on them will only make them more obviously large. With that said, I would choose large and simple items such as a large plant and a large vase or sculpture. You could also place a piece of art on an easel.
1 Like    Bookmark   February 8, 2013 at 5:05PM
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Edmonton Homecrafters
I would start by finishing the tops with some kind of solid surface and then trimming out the edges. I see the oak on the steps, maybe put hardwood on the tips or MDF painted another color. Then you can display anything you want on them.
    Bookmark   February 8, 2013 at 5:06PM
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TJP Designs and Construction LLC
The top edge could have a crown mold installed to give it more of a finished edge (painted white) Nice spot to display large collectables.
1 Like    Bookmark   February 8, 2013 at 5:12PM
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Thanks for the suggestions! Do you have any pictures so I can see examples?
    Bookmark   February 8, 2013 at 5:33PM
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Abbshel do you have any pictures? I like your suggestions!
    Bookmark   February 10, 2013 at 7:36PM
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Sorry I can't get the pics to post, but if you do a google search for succulents in clay pots, or succulents in planters, you will see what I mean. You could use terra cotta, or glazed ceramic if you like more color.
    Bookmark   February 10, 2013 at 8:05PM
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Trouble Free Electric
What ever you decide to put on them, it would look great with LED lighting as mentioned earlier. A great option would be DiodeLED's Sidewinder series.
    Bookmark   February 10, 2013 at 10:08PM
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Welcome Home designs
The attached photo shows that you can use stair ledges to showcase collections.
The trick is layering, staggered heights and grouping.
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Do you have treasures you'd like to display?
1 Like    Bookmark   February 10, 2013 at 10:39PM
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LB Interiors
Welcome Home Designs, my thoughts exactly.
    Bookmark   February 10, 2013 at 11:15PM
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If it were me I would probably build them up into shelves and put books on them.

However if you are going to decorate these as is, you do need to go big. No dinkyitis!

Hang old window frames (With or without glass) randomly on wall above display shelves.
Lean an old ladder up against the wall on the lowest ledge and display a few wool blankets or quilts on a few rungs.
On the second (middle) step place an antique table, or an antique sewing machine, or a funky spindly antique chair.
On the top step place a large glass bowl or vase in a color you love.
    Bookmark   February 10, 2013 at 11:31PM
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To add a little more, these landings are rather large in scale & need a simple adornment equally as large. Small items or lots of items will simply make them look larger. I agree with Coralee.
    Bookmark   February 11, 2013 at 11:04AM
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Ok we found some pots but we aren't in love with the look. Any suggestions on how to arrange?
    Bookmark   February 17, 2013 at 6:18PM
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Jennifer Coon
The pots are good, it is the plants and candles that arent working. Use the three pots only and fill them with simple, large architectural branches.
    Bookmark   February 17, 2013 at 6:39PM
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1st of all I love the decor at the top of the stairs. And the greenery is perfect. Nice job! Place the tallest and largest pot on the bottom most shelf. Grab the small pot from the top of the stairs and put it on the upper shelf with all the candle sticks. Put the 2 pots that are currently on the bottom shelf on the middle shelf.
    Bookmark   February 17, 2013 at 6:40PM
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Don Or Janet Cook
Uggg, why do builders burden people with these types of features? Who wants to dust ,clean yet another area! Lots of good ideas here though. Go big, as in a dept. store display big.
    Bookmark   February 17, 2013 at 6:42PM
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Arlene Warda, Architect
If you can, add some lights, above. Spot lights!... recessed cans!...this is only for later of course!...after you talk to your electrician!.. you have a wonderful opportunity here!..
    Bookmark   February 17, 2013 at 6:46PM
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Your space reminds me of Greek isles. Blue glass. Bright flowers. Keep it simple.
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    Bookmark   February 17, 2013 at 7:19PM
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