Chair rails are long, narrow strips of molding that you install horizontally around a room for visual interest. Often, you use a chair rail to separate the bottom third of the room from the upper two-thirds, and you paint each section a different color. Installing a chair rail the traditional way involves finding studs, mitering corners and adding embellishments, but you can create a similar visual effect simply by painting a strip of white -- or any other color -- around the room where the molding belongs. Paint the room in the color you've chosen for the imitation chair rail. For example, if you want the chair rail to be white, paint the room white. Allow the paint to dry.
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I am planning on putting a chair rail in my dining room. I would like to either paint the walls 2 different colors or perhaps paint and wallpaper. Does the darker color or wall paper go on top of the chair rail or on the bottom? The dining room chairs I ordered are tan with some red tones. It is a muted design.
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When clients ask about chair rails, I often suggest that they paint everything below it a glossy white so that it becomes more of an architectural element in the room. I also love how the crisp white looks against a really bold color on top. Thanks for the inspiration…. I like it flip floped….