A stair landing is free space in your home that can be as easily decorated as any other space. While it may be small, it can still be an excellent spot to show off some creative decorating or add a little bit of storage. Decorating your stair landing gives your home a bit of extra visual variety in a high-traffic area.
An oval mirror hung on the wall can provide a bit of visual relief from the straight lines and rectangles of the stairway, while a tall and narrow mirror helps create the illusion of another set of stairs and thus some more room. Choose mirrors that have intricate brass, gold or silver frames, as there will be very little that they have to compete with in that corner. You may also choose a beveled mirror for a more impressive, fanciful look.
A short bookshelf can offer you an area to both store books and to place small decorative objects on. A taller bookshelf can also be a good choice, but it is important not to get a bookshelf so tall that it will overwhelm the stairs or make them feel cramped. If you have a very large landing, consider turning it into a reading nook by placing a comfortable chair next to the bookshelf.
If your stair landing area is particularly large, install a daybed flush against the wall. It can be another place for guests to sleep if you have company, and it can also be a place where you can take a nap during the day. Use a brightly colored bedspread to add some color to the landing, and choose a daybed style that is consistent with the rest of your furniture.
If you have a window in your stairway landing, place green plants there. Green plants give a natural look to the otherwise very geometric area and if you choose plants with flowers, they can add a splash of color as well. Choose plants that do not require very much care to ensure that your maintenance of this area is very low.
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