How To Add Visual Interest to Stairwell Area?

Q: I just moved into a new house and I’m not really sure what to do with my living room. My main floor is elevated half of a story and the living room overlooks the foyer, separated by a wall that is half drywall, half railing. I don’t really know what to make of it – it seems unbalanced and I don’t have any good ideas on how to add visual interest to that side of the room.

I thought about hanging art on the back foyer wall above the windows, but it would be well above eye level and it might look kind of wedged in. There is a very deep ledge on the drywalled section of the wall (it’s a closet on the other side below) that I could potentially use to display something (something tall?). What would you do with this space?

Sent by Katie

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PS – Yes, I plan to buy furniture, get rid of the clutter, get curtains, and paint everything one color. If you have suggestions you’d like to offer on these, I’d love to hear them.