Thursday, February 12, 2015

Hooked on Victorian Picture Rail

By Gretchen Sawatzki

Commonly found in Victorian Era homes, picture rails are horizontal moldings typically hung about 12 to 18 inches from the ceiling that are used to hang and display art and photography. These rails are a great option for homeowners that love to swap out their art, or for homeowners with stubborn, impenetrable plaster walls. For right around a dollar per linear foot you can add stylish, functioning charm to any space.
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Swan Picture Hangers
Picture rail looks like any other molding aside from its rounded top edge. The top is formed to receive a small hook from which artworks can be hung. Picture rail hooks can be purchased through a variety of restoration hardware companies online, and typically are made of stamped brass. For a more authentic Victorian vibe Swan Pictures Hangers not only has picture rail hooks, but the silk cording and decorative medallions that can take this look to another level. To swap and display art stylishly and inexpensively try picture rail molding for home.

1879, Parlor of Emlen Physick Estate, New Jersey

            Swan Picture Hangers

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