The Sapien bookcase can dot his well (or just a plain old stack of books). I used one in my dad's room:
Art can be another way to do this, like the stack of frames I used in my dining room.
(The curtains and tree don't hurt, either).
Another great strategy is the decorative ladder. I re-did a master bedroom where they already owned one--I just moved it and added blankets for softness.
I've been stumbling upon more and more of these ladders around the interwebs.
Amber Interiors, above and below
Design sponge, above and below
I recently came across these gorgeous ladders, but they're a bit spendy.
So I rounded up some options and better price points for you. There are plenty of options out there in all styles: modern, bohemian, rustic. Something for everyone!
For sources, go here and click through to the individual websites.
What do you think: would you ever use a ladder in your decor?