Picture rail ideas

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Picture rail ideas
Use a branch as a rustic picture rail (lone branch image by John Sfondilias from Fotolia.com)

The traditional picture rail runs horizontally high on the wall around the perimeter of your room. It serves as a quick and secure way to hang your pictures. Today's picture rails not only hold your pictures, but other items too. The rail can be put up on just one wall section or around the entire room. You can use the traditional moulding or create your own using materials from a lumber yard or things found in nature.

Kid's Notice Board Picture Rail

A long board covered in your choice of fabric can be used as a notice board picture rail, according to Martha Stewart. Use a fibre board that is cut to a length so it fits down a hallway or between two doors in a room.

Cover it with fabric by wrapping the material tightly around it and stapling it onto the back of the board. Hang the board at eye level in a long hallway or between two doors, using finishing nails hammered into the studs of the wall.

Use push pins to hang up your kids artwork. The board can be anywhere from four to 8 inches wide, depending on your taste and the amount of artwork you want to display. It is not the traditional picture rail, but one you will make good use of when you have young artists in your home.

Nature's Picture Rail

A picture rail can be made from an interesting branch of a tree, as seen on HGTV. Use a piece of oak, white birch, or any other branch that you find has an interesting shape or texture.

The branch can be hung on the wall by using the U-shaped rod hardware you would drop a thick curtain rod into to above your windows. Hang the branch at picture rail height and use natural coloured twine to hang the pictures off the branch. This goes with any rustic decor and can also add a masculine look to a boy's or man's bedroom.

Glamour Picture Rail

For a young girl or teens room, make the picture rail a glamour rail for hanging things in their bedroom. Hang the picture rail moulding that is painted in a colour that coordinates with the walls.

With a hot glue gun put gem stones of all shapes and sizes along the front of the moulding, leaving at least a 2-inch space between each jewel for a large "S" hook to hang on the picture rail.

Fill the picture rail with the big "S" hooks for your teen diva to hang her pocket books, scarfs, belts and even clothes. Your teen's room will look like a star's and the picture rail will help in keeping her room tidy.

Kitchen Picture Rail

The picture rail does not have in encompass the entire room. If you have a small or odd wall in your kitchen, put a section of a picture rail up and use it for hanging small bunches of flowers and herbs to dry.

Paint the rail moulding the colour of the wall before nailing it up. Use plain rubber bands to bunch the stems of the plants. Slip one side of a large "S" hook under the rubber band and the other side to the picture rail. Use bunches of fragrant plants such as lilac, eucalyptus and any other you fancy to hang upside down and dry. This will not only add to your decor, but it is a natural room freshener.

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