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Posted by  JWmHarmon on September 14, 2003 at 19:51:46:

In Reply to:  Re: STAIR CASE posted by Bob A on September 04, 2003 at 06:27:32:

You can visually break up the exceedingly long stairway by painting or installing trim and mouldings that create the look of several sections as one ascends the stairs. Your stairs are wide enough that you could create these sections without infringing on the useful space.

You might go up 10 steps and install mouldings that would appear to be a door frame (without the door of course). This would visually give the eye a place to stop without being drawn to the upper level of the steps. This could be repeated every 10 steps. The eye would then tend to focus more on the moulding rather than on the greater distance to the top of the steps. Enhancing this with a painted design would give additional visual stimuli to break up the long visual distance to the top of the flight of steps.

You could be subtle about the moulding and painting or you could be bold and inventive.

Adding some lights at these visual points would help direct attention away from the great length of the steps. You could use the lights themselves as a psrt of the overall design. Wall sconces may be a better choice than ceiling mounted fixtures. You could use lights as the door frame. They could be installed as an archway or any other design.

Compare your stairway to railroad tracks. If there is nothing near the tracks to attract your attention, then your eyes tend to look off into the distance towards the horizon. The tracks tend to draw the eye to the vanishing point. The same thing is happening with your stairway. The eye is being drawn to the top of the steps because there is nothing for the eye to look at except the distance to the top. This helps explaing the "Oh, My God!" reaction.

Creating visually interesting, eye-catching focal points along the way will distract the eye from the great distance to the top. You want to create that "Oh, look at that picture part way up the steps!" feeling. You want to create a series of visual stopping points, places for the eye to rest along the way.

It is easier to climb a mountain by going from one ledge to the next than to climb the whole mountain at once. You can use the same idea to break the distance up the steps into manageable sections.


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