Chair rail ~~~In or Out ?

Getting ready to paint ...........again. Have open concept home and chair rail in the main living area. My dec style if I have to have one would be eclectic to transitional ( lol ) My question is ; is chair rail OUT? I would like to remove it but know my husband will have a fit because of the cost it took to put it there. Is there a trick to making it fit more to my eclectic/trans tastes? thanks y'all! Kath
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