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chair rail

noun
1.
a molding on an interior wall for preventing the backs of chairs from rubbing against plaster.
Origin
1835-1845
1835-45
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Examples from the web for chair rail
  • The hall also contains a recessed-panel, green-painted wainscot with a pedestal chair rail.
  • The entrance hall has a molded chair rail and wainscotting.
  • Paint the existing chair rail to match the frames of the photographs.
  • The walls of the room are light in color above and darker below with a chair rail separating the colors.
  • Paralleling the stair is an oak- grained wainscot and chair rail.
  • The remaining walls in the parlor have paneled wainscoting to chair rail height.
  • The rear rooms are plain with the exception of the mantels and chair rail in the rear hall.
  • The mantel and chair rail in the west room have been removed.
  • The room preserves its simple baseboard and chair rail.
  • Paralleling the stair is a handsomely paneled wainscot with a rounded chair rail.
Contemporary definitions for chair rail
noun

a piece of molding attached to a wall, usu. separating the dado or wainscot from the upper wall, which is used to prevent chair backs from damaging the wall

Examples

Installing a chair rail will create a dramatic addition to any room.

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