Give the impression of dramatic crown molding with a painted ceiling that extends about a foot down the wall. In the San Francisco home of Windy Chien as seen on sfgirlbybay, the paint calls attention to the picture rail molding below.
Decorative Picture Rail Hooks - Picture rails are strips of molding that adhere to walls and run horizontally around the room, typically aligning with the tops of any windows. This type of molding was once an elegant way of hanging artwork on hard-to-penetrate plaster walls. For an art collector who often rotates works, rental houses and apartments with frequent tenant changes, and those who simply like walls free of nail holes, picture rails offer a practical solution.