Picture rails are the least familiar of all metal mouldings. But that only means more opportunity for you, right?
Shunning picture hooks and the like in favor of picture rails (also known as gallery rails) is another sneaky-smart way to class up the mundane.
Picture rails are a fancier way to hang paintings and other artsy embellishments. They’re the sort of things you see in art galleries and museums, but creative designers have used them in other ways on interior walls.
Let’s look at why a little extra work on your wall aesthetics can turn a room into a work of art:
Why Bother With Picture Rails?
Because you can draw visitors’ eyes to something spectacular, that’s why. Metal picture rail mouldings allow you to hang decorative items with unique style.
This decorative trim is ideal for people who wish to exhibit work at a hotel, gallery, or other commercial building -- or periodically switch up the framed work in their home. There are many other uses out there, though, waiting to be discovered. We’ve already seen all kinds of ingenious uses for picture rails -- like for a shelf with a planter on it.
In essence, a picture rail is an aesthetic choice, adding opportunities to display an industrial (galvanized or bronze) or modern (copper or stainless steel) look. All of these metals are options worthy of your art or other decor. To learn more about materials and profiles that make picture rail projects shine, read up here.
Traits of the Picture Rail
By using these mouldings, your design installation is totally customizable -- and stays that way forever. Some of the benefits of items hanging from picture rail mouldings:
- Can add new frames
- Can be moved or removed hassle-free and without leaving a bunch of individual holes in the wall for each piece you want to display
- Can be hung from any height you want
- Hang anything from them … not just artwork! Their uses are limited only by your creativity!
How They Work
A picture rail is a small moulding, usually about 1-2″ high and installed horizontally on the wall. Most designers place them within a few feet of the ceiling, although that obviously depends on the height of the room you’re working in.
Unlike your typical metal moulding, a picture rail has a specific function: Its small upper lip can accommodate a hook. You can order these hooks in a variety of styles, from the plain and non-distracting to the ornate and showy.
To move your picture or other decor left or right along the wall, you simply slide the hook along the rail. This versatility extends to vertical positioning: If you want to move artwork higher or lower, simply lengthen or shorten the wire on the back of your art. That’s right: No more drilling holes or fumbling for a stud.
With some imagination, picture rails can be a unique addition to any public space or even a residential project. That’s where you come in!If you’re ready to work with picture rails, check out our blog detailing the top metals and profiles for these mouldings. And if you’re interested in standing out even more, start thinking about complete areas.
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