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Photo: steved_np3 (Shutterstock) While most contemporary homes don’t come with picture rail installed, the Victorian style of molding is making a comeback. Whether you’re after that classic victorian look—or something a bit more modern look—installing picture rail molding is a simple and stylish project to tackle. While conventional picture hooks and hangers are still the norm, we’re here to say that picture rail offers versatility and impact that hooks alone can’t provide. Choose your molding Picture rail comes in a variety of shapes, but the important thing about it is that the top curves out from the wall so there’s room for a hook to nest on top of it. The hooks also come in a variety of designs that are designed to be used in conjunction with picture-hanging cord , chain , or wire . Newer designs also sometimes have a track or a slot for hanging hardware, but these types will come equipped with hanging hardware and instructions. Tools and materials Once you’ve chosen your molding, you’ll need to get your tools together for the install: You’ll need a tape measure, stud finder, level, miter saw, a finish nail gun or finish nails, and hammer with a nail set. Some masking tape and safety glasses are also in order. Install your rail Picture rail is traditionally installed all the way around the room at the same height as the top of the door frame. However, for a more modern look, you can choose to highlight just one […]