Newer homes have vaulted ceilings in entry ways, great rooms and master bedroom suites, and they give the feeling of lots of space. But therein lies the problem. You end up having to decorate with over-sized furniture to make the rooms feel grounded or weighted. And then there’s the question of hanging pictures. Where do you put them? One answer is to use a picture rail system.
What is a picture rail? In old homes, whose walls were constructed of plaster and lath, these wooden rails or mouldings covered the transition area between wall and ceiling. A small gap was left so metal clips could slip over the rail and hold the chained frames.
The same basic idea can be used in newer homes by strategically placing a metal rod on the walls. See how the rod (photo above) forms an imaginary boundary line reinforced by the larger paintings and smaller pieces of artwork. This brings the eye level down and creates a more intimate room.
You can find metal rods, hooks and chains at home centers. ‘House of Antique Hardware‘ is a good source for picture rail clips.
(Photos by Ricardo Labougle for World Of Interiors)