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Picture Rails

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I am obsessed with the idea of using picture rails as a new/old twist on the ubiquitous gallery wall. I think I just like the extra visual layer with the hardware.

Martha Stewart was the reigning queen of picture rails:

But Phoebe Howard is making a move. Look at all this picture rail goodness. No moulding necessary.

{PS If you’re not already, you should be following the updates on Phoebe’s stores and recent client work here.}

I’m thinking of taking a trip to HD’s plumbing department to see what I can scrounge up for a brass picture rail on the cheap. For those of you not interested in a DIY version, there are companies online that sell the hardware for picture rails ready made.

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29 thoughts on “Picture Rails

  1. Yes, these picture rails are stunning, what an extra layer of interest!! by the way, I linked you today for your mini blind roman shade diy! I did it in my kiddo's room and it came out great, thanks for the inspiration!

  2. These are absolutely lovely. Its such a quaint option and I prefer it much more to the gallery look- which we all have done. I would agree with PVE, that copper wire would look absolutely stunning. GREAT post.

  3. Why do I love that brass rail so much? Do you think copper (since that's the most readily available plumbing color) would look OK? Fair warning– I'm going to copy you on this one– it's SO pretty!

  4. Jenny, I'm obsessed with that Phoebe Howard brass picture rail, too.

    I've order from Onlinemetals.com several times and they have great service and a huge selection. I'm not sure you can get all the components of the rail there, but their prices on the rail itself are good!

  5. I've got picture rail moulding in my dining room, but where can I find those fancy hook/hanger things?

  6. Thanks so much for the shout out, Jenny! We do love that room in our Atlanta Mrs. Howard. I also have picture rail in my house, and I am now so inspired to make more use of it! Great post.

  7. Is there a rule of thumb or school of thought as to how high these go up the wall? A measurement? And what are they using in those pics to hang them? Wire? Any suggestions?

  8. thank you! I live in an old apartment in Chicago where the landlord insists that I *only* use the picture rails – no nails at all. I have been at a loss, and these photos are inspiring.

  9. I actually really love PH's look and I'd imagine it'd be a pretty simple DIY to get the look for yourself. And I love pve's idea to do it in copper!

  10. I love this look ! I agree with PVE – wondering if a plumber's shop might have some, but as I recall, copper pipes are pricey. Maybe some discards ? Some sort of metal piping is definitely worth looking into at the home improvement store. Perhaps spray painted with bronze or antique gold? Fabulous!

  11. I think it be really cute just to hang pictures on twine or ribbon from hooks – which for some reason I hadn't thought of before. Great idea!

  12. THANK YOU for posting this. Half of the walls in my living room have cement backing and are impossible to drill through (yes, we've tried a cement drill-bit, it's won't budge). We already have antique molding and I've been playing with the idea of hanging pictures from them. Thank you! Thank you!

  13. I can't believe a dozen people haven't beat me to telling you about this, but the February issue of Southen Living gave instructions picturefor a picture wall on page 52. They used picture molding for the rail and bronze picture molding hooks purchased from historichouseparts.com (although SL said other picture molding hooks would be available at most hardware stores). Then they added eyehooks to the assortment of frames and hung them from the hooks with twine. Hope this helps!

  14. i got a bunch of hooks from a seller on eBay. they are also available from Rejuvenation.com.

  15. Ohh, picture rails, so that's what they're called. I had a set like this from PB that was a wedding present & I just love the way it looks but I didn't know what to call hanging frames in that manner. Thank you! I put up a post with them here if you'd like to see, not nearly as chic as the ones you featured but still neat I think. http://samstermommy.blogspot.com/2009/07/before-after.html

    Thanks for the great blog, I don't know how you do it with a newborn and little ones. You might just be my blogger idol. (;

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