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Re: The Misused & Confused Chair Rail

Totally agree with DC about clients, but this is about DESIGN. When the client has no real opinion or if they say, "What do you think?" the old ideas about proportion worked, we don't live in Colonial America but a lot of us pay good money to look at it in Museums. Knowing about this stuff and adapting it to today can't hurt.

I'm building a small addition to a 150 year old sorta "folk" Victorian that will house two bathrooms, a mudroom and an elevator. I'm using real bead board wainscoting in the new bathrooms but the lumber yard chair rail moldings looked really wrong to me, so I made my own "corona" (thanks for a new word!) and am pleased that I made it 2-1/2" x 7/8" and butt cut the ends in the small powder room I've finished. The backband is an idea I could have used, but I broke the rules by making it 48" high to provide a back splash for the antique lavatory. It is a small cozy room and visitors think it looks old, which was my goal.

The Master Bath isn't finished, however, and will use a lot of tile as it will have a barrier free shower. As of now, a 36" tile chair rail (black?) with 3" x 6" subway tile (white) below it looks good to me, matches the windows, etc., but I haven't picked the tile above the chair rail and haven't any idea how to do the transitions to the wainscoting or the back splash over another antique lavatory.

I'm looking for ideas that will work with Brent Hull's concepts but trim a modern bathroom in an old house.