Remove Chair Rail?
Hi - I searched for threads on chair rails, and I did find one that had some advice about chair rails, but some of it was conflicting. I was wondering if you all wouldn't mind giving me some advice on whether to keep or get rid of my dining room chair rail? The link to shutterfly pictures is below.
There is a picture of what the DR has looked like for the last ~14 years or so - the rest are more recent with all the wall paper removed. I am renovating my kitchen - removing the wall between the kitchen and DR (in the first picture - with wallpaper- it is the wall on the left). It will also be open to the living room. I have chosen a light steel blue paint (SW Milk Pail - from the no-longer available line of Martha Stuart colors). I will have that color in the kitchen (not much wall space) through to the dining room, and along the wall that the dining room will share with the living room.
I was thinking that by removing it, it would make the room look bigger? But then I thought maybe if I put a lighter color on the bottom (cream) and had the darker color on top, that might make the room look bigger.
If you think I should keep it, should I paint it? Also, would you suggest painting the windows? All these years I have resisted painting all the colonial stained woodwork that I have everywhere - mostly because I didn't want the upkeep of paint - but now I am wondering if I should have the painted look to bring the decor into this decade.
Here is a link that might be useful: Pictures of Dining Room