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A dado rail is a moulding that is fixed horizontally along a wall about 75cm from the floor. Aesthetically, it divides the wall into two parts – the top and the bottom – which can be useful with regards to décor as you can decorate the two parts in two different, yet complementary styles.

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Modern blue hallway

Love this blue, and think a dado rail at this height could work well in the hall to break it up

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Lifestyle: Escape to New York

The striking dual-toned walls in the kitchen – half light grey plaster and half dark blue paint – are a fresh take on classic wall panelling; the crisp dividing line is a modern replacement for a dado rail, and with the contrasting lighter shade gives the illusion of height and space. For a similar blue/black colour, try Farrow & Ball’s Railings (

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