We are prepping a baby room (due October 5th) and have set aside July 22-25th for painting. I have recently decided I want to add a chair rail to the room. Actually, I decided I was set on wainscoting but have already changed my mind - long story. Anyway, I would like to do a white chair rail around the room with a dark shade of green on bottom and a lighter shade of green from the same palette on top. Two problems:
1. The walls are 8 ft. and I was thinking 4 ft. high rail. After reading your blog, I have determined that is wrong. ;)
2. There is a double window with the bottom sill at 34 inches. This led me to think of the chair rail somewhere in the 40 inch range. Closer to a 1/3 than 1/2. However, the window is recessed and not framed out. In fact, the recessed part of the wall is curved, not hard-cornered.
I do NOT like the image I get of putting the rail as low as to meet up with the 34 inch sill. But with a crib and changing table, 40 inch height will likely be hidden half of the time.
So, what height do we do the rail for the most visually pleasing look? AND if that height lies within the range of the window, how do we corner it at the window where there is no frame and a curved edge? I can send pictures if they help you visualize. Thanks so much for any professional advice you can give me!
Here is a charming room- but another bad example as far as chair rail location goes- hitting too close to the half way up the wall area...
And here is one more cute idea that has no chair rail. Chair rails can be limiting in your decorating. I would have all the wall decor figured out before locking yourself into a design that has to work with a chair rail. On second thought- look closely at this photo above- maybe there is a chair rail- do you see that little piece of wood between the chair and the crib? You can't even see it- which is another one of my points with chair rails- they are frequently covered with furniture.
I would read this post and consider having the chair rail a couple of feet from the ceiling- or of course- simply skip the chair rail.
A note on nursery design. Remember that the baby is in a crib for two years max. Plan your toddler's room at the same time- know how you will arrange your furniture etc. before you do some super cute wall decor that won't work well with a big boy bed.