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Brilliantly Hang Art Work With Picture Rails

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Hanging wood shelves

Wall art is one of the best ways to dress up a space, but let’s be honest—hanging it is no picnic. From getting the viewing height right (rule of thumb: always hang a little lower than you think you should) to drilling the appropriate hardware into your wall, the process of artfully incorporating photographs, paintings, and prints into your space might seem easier said than done.

This is why, when the time comes to renovate your space, it’s great to consider one of our favorite decorating shortcuts—a picture rail. A thin bit of molding that runs parallel to the ceiling, picture rails allow you to hang artwork from wire, making adjustments as necessary. The best part? When you want to move your art, you’re left with none of the mess or unsightly holes that traditional hanging leaves behind. Check out some beautiful examples of picture rails at work below.

Bedroom Art Display

Picture rail traditional bedroom

Image source: Martha Stewart.

Picture Rail Hallway Display

picture rail gallery wall hallway design

Modern art in simple frames hang from a picture rail in the home of Stephen O’Connor and Annick Houle. Image source: Remodelista.

Hanging Wood Shelves

Hanging wood shelves

San Francisco-based company Carlysle Manufacturing creates shelving specifically designed to hang on picture rails—you couldn’t ask for easier installation! Image source: Remodelista.

Copper Picture Hook

copper picture hook

Hooks for picture rails come in a number of shapes, colors, materials, and sizes. Image source: Southern Living.

Picture Rail Studio Space

picture rail artist studio design

Picture rails can be easily dressed-up or dressed-down like the one in this studio space. Image source: David Ross

Vintage Picture Rail Display

rustic picture rail country decor

Image source: Southern Living.

Picture Rail Mantel Display

picture rail art wall yellow paint color

Image source: Martha Stewart.

Picture Rail Buffet Table

picture rail buffet decor

Image source: Little Green Notebook.

Picture Rail in Bathroom

orange shower curtain gold bathroom accents

Jonathan Adler and Simon Doonan’s bathroom employs a brass rail above tile wainscoting for picture-hanging. Image source: Houzz.

Picture Rail Collage

picture rail art collage

A picture rail is used to layer numerous pieces of artwork for an unusually three-dimensional effect in the Los Angeles design studio of Nadia Geller. Image source: Apartment Therapy.

Picture Rail Shadowboxes

picture rail insect artwork

Image source: Chris Court.

Eclectic Picture Rail Display

picture rail eclectic decor

Image source: Ricardo Labougle, World of Interiors.

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