Decorating & Design

May 15, 2015

Using Ledges In Different Rooms

Ledges are something we feel need to be revisited and re-imagined, as they can be useful in nearly every room. Here are a few ways you can use ledges:

1. In a washroom, tiles are usually finished with a cap. Instead, try using a wider ledge that can hold decorative items. It’s a playful spot for display, but will also eliminate clutter from the countertop. In Suzanne Dimma’s bathroom (pictured above), the ledge makes up for the lack of counter space with a floating sink, storing perfumes and other toiletries. To distract from the functional elements, she’s added a few pieces of art.

2. In a dining room, placing the ledge higher on the wall (approximately 5 feet or so) is called a plate rail. The plate rail on its own adds a nice touch to any room, but it’s also an opportunity to display smaller pieces of art or decorative oddities without having to install a shelf or make room for a hutch. This look works best if the plate rail frames the entire room, and only one wall’s ledge is decorated.

3. In a bedroom, a ledge spanning across the same wall as the headboard can provide the perfect place to rest small objects so that you can keep your bedside tables clear, or even forgo tables altogether. Add some pretty wall sconces to complete the look.

Author: Jennifer Koper & Marina Stamatakos

Angus Fergusson


Sink, Duravit; faucets, Kohler; fixture plating, Mayfair; towel, Au Lit; Ocelot (BP 3701) wallpaper, Farrow & Ball.


House & Home February 2015 issue