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Old 09-26-2009, 12:29 PM   #1
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would love to install chair rail


Hi all! New here, and glad I found you. We just bought a house that's a bit of a fixer, so I'll probably be around quite a bit.

Anyway, here's my question-- I love the character chair rail brings to a room and would like to install, but will I also need to put up crown molding? Will it look weird to have chair rail and not have crown molding? Not sure if both will fit in our budget.

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I personally do not think you necessarily need both and sometimes crown molding can overpower a low-ceiling room in a contemporary house. If you wanted something along the ceiling how about something like picture frame molding instead? Would that fit the budget?

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Adding chair rail does not require adding crown. In my opinion adding a picture frame molding instead of crown is not the best idea. No offense to the poster's idea. Crown is Crown, flat molding is flat molding.
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We have a chair rail in our kitchen and no crwon molding and it looks fine. We did one color on the bottom and then about 2-3 shades lighter on top. I came out great. All of our trim in the house is white so we painted the chair rail white too.
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