We have an older home ('25) with picture rail molding and plaster walls (you can't put nails in the walls). We have to hang things just like in this picture with picture rail hooks. I just ordered our hooks today! Little Green Notebook: Picture rails.
Decorative Picture Rail Hooks - Picture rails are strips of molding that adhere to walls and run horizontally around the room, typically aligning with the tops of any windows. This type of molding was once an elegant way of hanging artwork on hard-to-penetrate plaster walls. For an art collector who often rotates works, rental houses and apartments with frequent tenant changes, and those who simply like walls free of nail holes, picture rails offer a practical solution.
So Long, Popcorn Ceilings: 8 Transformative Overhead Architectural Hacks
Give the impression of dramatic crown molding with a painted ceiling that extends about a foot down the wall. In the San Francisco home of Windy Chien as seen on sfgirlbybay, the paint calls attention to the picture rail molding below.
NY Good Questions: Best Way to Hang Art from Rail Molding?
Picture rails are a thing of the past, but really they should be installed in every home. You don't have to worry about making holes in walls, and you can change and move your art often with a picture rail system. I've hunted down all the supplies you need to take full advantage of this great hanging system. Read on for more info…