The Painted Chair Rail Trend

Chair rails have been under discussion for months at our house (SERIOUSLY!!). We purchased a home in 2014 that a few rooms of chair rail with no molding underneath. It just did not feel finished. Should we add shiplap? Picture frames along the bottom? Pinterest has been a great source of inspiration (as always), and when I spotted the painted chair rail trend: I was all in.

Honestly? I am a lazy DIYer. If the project looks better than before and doesn't require a lot of extra effort I will give it a try! And so far we give the new look two thumbs up.

Scroll down for 5 sources of moody, painted, chair rail goodness.

1. Erin Williamson Design South Austin Tudor

painted chair rail by erin williamson design

2. CB2 Firefly Pendant Light

dark painted chair rail by cb2

3. The Makerista Dining Room

dark painted dining room by the makerista

4. Desire to Inspire Simplicity and Refinement

dark gray painted chair rail by desire to inspire

5. Emily A. Clark Morning Essentials

navy blue chair rail by emily a clark

What do you think of this trend? Would you paint the chair rails in your home?

Update: See our finished dining room with painted chair rail here!