————————————I’m a big fan of the outdoors. Not too much of sunning or sunbathing but to lounge in a solarium, I’m game anytime. A solarium denotes any outdoor space that’s exposed to the sun. Although, it’s usually bordered by glass, much like a conservatory, the sun porch below is enclosed in a screen. It’s also called “The Screened Living Room.” One of the fun stops during the Austin Outdoor Living Tour, here’s a summary of what the design is about:
“One of the main objectives of this project was to celebrate sustainable design while making the elements aesthetically intriguing. The cypress rain screen was allowed to gray in it’s natural time and the steel was left to create a seal of rust. Another objective was to site the project so the clients could experience the urban nature of their backyard while maintaining a small carbon footprint. ”
2. Vary the heights. This goes in line with making it interesting. A tall candlestick with books laid horizontally and a ceramic accessory is a surefire way to make the space work.
3. Do not overload them. Now we’re thinking not what’s just aesthetically beautiful or functional but just pure logic. Believe me, I know this from experience. My home office display ledges fell twice because of my lovely but ultra-heavy design books. Spacing your displays also evens out the load.
4. Space them symmetrically and evenly. Since your display is supposed to be the “interesting” part, the actual display ledges should not be the design spotlight. Going asymmetrical on securing them to the wall makes it somewhat cluttered. Keep it simple!
5. Relate the size and placement of the ledges as it relates to other furnishings in a room. Small ledges just wouldn’t look right on top of a huge sofa would it? Also, if you are placing them with a furniture below it, like a television or a message board, place the bottom ledge 6-12 inches from the top of the furnishing.
I hope these tips help! Show us your amazing display ledges!