Dado Rail Ideas: How to Use This Detail to Transform a Room

dado rail painted green in period home
(Image credit: Paint & Paper Library)

The right dado rail ideas have the potential to take a room from being a bland and uninspiring space to one that is packed with character and charm. 

Much like other mouldings and skirting boards, dado rails came into being through a practical need, in this case to protect walls and wall coverings from damage. However, they quickly became a design feature and can be used in all kinds of homes — not just those with period features already in place. 

Natasha Brinsmead

Natasha is Homebuilding & Renovating’s Associate Content Editor and has been a member of the team for over two decades. An experienced journalist and renovation expert, she has written for a number of homes titles. Over the years Natasha has renovated and carried out a side extension to a Victorian terrace. She is currently living in the rural Edwardian cottage she renovated and extended on a largely DIY basis, living on site for the duration of the project. She is now looking for her next project — something which is proving far harder than she thought it would be.