Ladders have become a common accessory in many decorating styles. They add height and display options for a variety of decorative items. They are suitable for any room in your home and easily accessorised for functional display. Use either a straight ladder that leans against the wall or a small stepladder that can stand free. Decorate it with accessories that coordinate with your room. Your ladder will emphasise the simplicity and warmth of primitive decorating.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Things you need
- Tin lantern
- Metal plant baskets
- Primitive accessories
Position the ladder where it will be a focal point. If you plan to place live plants on the ladder, consider the lighting requirements. Lean a wall supporting ladder against the wall so it is steady, or open a freestanding step ladder and lock the hinges in place.
Wrap pip berry or grapevine garland around the ladder. Twist it around one side and across a few rungs or across the top and let it drape down both sides for a natural look. For a more rustic look, use rusty star wire.
Hang an old or reproduction tin lantern from one of the rungs. Stand it on the top step of a freestanding ladder. Decorate the lantern with berry garland, a homespun ribbon and a battery-operated grubby primitive candle, if desired.
Drape textiles over a rang. Use a small quilt, homespun table linen or a hand-knit throw for a sitting room or bedroom, or towels for a bathroom or kitchen.
Place plants in metal baskets with hooks and hang them from the rungs. Stagger their placement for best visual impact. Hang one near the top right and one on a centre rang to the left. For a freestanding ladder, stand the plants in old, weathered pots on one or two steps.
Tuck in a few small primitive accessories, like a barn star, basket or crow, to fill in bare spots. Hang them from bare rungs or stand them on the steps on a freestanding ladder.
Tips and warnings
- To add functionality to your ladder, hang magazines over the rungs.
- Use artificial potted plants, dried, real or artificial flowers, or place berry pips in baskets or glass jars in place of real plants.
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