Hangups with Hang-ups
October 18, 2012 10:59 AM Subscribe
What's the proper way to accommodate a chair rail (dado rail) when hanging items on the wall?
posted by blue t-shirt to home & garden (8 answers total)
I have a framed map and several smaller mirrors that I'd like to hang in my living room. However, there's an oak chair rail/dado rail/strip of moulding midway up all four walls.
To my eye, the proper place to hang these objects is to center them between the ceiling and the chair rail. When I do this, though, they're almost comically high. I'm 6'4", yet when hung this way, I can barely see my reflection's forehead in the mirrors or read the text at the top of the map. I can imagine this stuff way up high on the walls might have an unsettling effect for guests of typical height, but if I try to hang them any lower, this sense of wrongness pervades - the margin between the hangings and the chair rail becomes too narrow compared to the margin above the hangings.
I suppose what I really want is a rule of thumb I could use to confirm that my super-high hangings are the best I can do, or convince me that it's totally unacceptable to have these things hung way up there. But a passel of related questions also come to mind:
Am I overthinking this? Is there some option I'm missing? Have any of you had any experiences with being discomfited by clumsily hung artifacts? Have you ever had a similar situation with an object you loved but had no room to hang where you wanted, and if so, what compromise did you decide? Thanks in advance for your suggestions.