Decorating With A Ladder For Simple Rustic Chic

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There is something that is just so simply chic about a rustic old ladder when it is used in home decor.  Sometimes the most interesting pieces used in decorating come from the most unusual and simplest of ideas.

Why would an old ladder, seemingly useless in it’s life, be so desired and sought after to use in home decorating?  Maybe it is the simple lines that are relaxing to the eye.  Or, the distressed finish against a smooth bare wall that creates such an interesting contrast.

A ladder definitely adds height and dimension to a space.

I know that I was very excited when my husband brought home an old metal ladder for me.  I had been looking for a wooden one but I loved the shape of this one plus the rusted patina on it was perfect.  I just cleaned and coated it with an acrylic sealer and it was all set to use in the house.


I had needed something with height next to the dresser on that wall and my ladder found a new home!

Here is another great example in a living room setting:


photo via Decorating Addiction

You don’t even need anything else on the wall since the ladder adds enough interest.


photo via Creamy Life

I love this look of using a ladder to hang towels.  It was a toss up for me on whether I kept my ladder at home in our bedroom or brought it up to our cabin for use in the bathroom like this.  I will just need to find another ladder!

decorating with a ladder

photo via DIY Home Decoration

If space is tight for a nightstand, or even if it isn’t, a ladder makes a great decorative alternative.  I would have a book hung on a wrung at all times!


photo via Pottery Barn

And, who doesn’t need a throw close at hand in a family room?  This is a simple chic way to store and display a nice comfy throw.  The ladder, of course, looks great on it’s own!