2 story living room rail, ledge, molding, or board/batten??
Angelina Endresen
March 30, 2014 in Design Dilemma
where do I line up the top of a molding ledge in a 2 story living room?? at the doorway height or window? my thought is approx. 6 -7 ft up so we can put picture frames, etc. on the ledge? can we simply to the ledge to separate room and paint 2 different colors above and below ledge or stick with white like in board and batten??
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I do not understand the dilemma. Do you have more photos?
0 Likes   April 2, 2014 at 8:21PM
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Why would you put a molding ledge 6-7' high on your wall? You shouldn't be putting art that high anyway. It kind of defeats the purpose of a two-story space. If you want to do wainscoting or a chair rail, that will add some detail to the walls, but I certainly wouldn't put anything anywhere near the tops of the doors or windows.
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Here are some rooms where they've used molding ABOVE the doors and windows: John McDonald Co.
Silverleaf Parks
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Angelina Endresen
Yes! You're right! I meant a wainscoting (just learned that term :) or chair rail type look like the photo you suggested. Exactly what I had in mind !just didn't know the correct height to start
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OK, below are picture rail (used with special hangers to hang pictures below the rail), chair rail (about the height of back of chair), regular wainscoting, and tall wainscoting.

The trouble with tall wainscoting is that it makes it difficult to hang art at proper height which is eye level. Plus it adds a bit of a farmhouse look which wouldn't be appropriate for your contemporary house. Actually, from the little I can see, I don't think any of these treatments will look very good unless you also frame out all your doors and windows.
Decatur Craftsman Remodel
Classics Reinvented
Stone Harbor Beach House
Jeremy Kohm Photography/Palmerston Design Consultants
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