Upgrading with Panel Molding and Wainscoting
Looking for a more elegant finish to your hallway, staircase or formal Living or Dining Rooms? Panel Molding (sometimes called picture frame molding) creates an elegant design. You can go to extremes and find some beautiful options that you will want to have professionally done. Or, you can create a lovely finished look by using Picture Frames with no glass (easily purchased at places like Michael’s or Hobby Lobby). Or you can purchase fancy or plain quarter rounds, miter the edges (Home Depot or other big box stores will miter them for you) and then simply install them on your wall above and below a chair rail (also easy to install). Or perhaps put only below the chair rail and enhance the wall above with an elegant textured finish (ie: Venetian plaster) or wallpaper.
Wainscoting can be effectively used under a chair rail to enhance your decor while maintaining a more casual or country feel. Great places for wainscoting are: Breakfast Nooks, Enhance your Kitchen Island, Dining Rooms, Bathrooms, Hallways, Dens and even the ceiling of your porch. This can be purchased in sheets making installation very doable for even a novice decorator.