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There comes a time when we all need to find some cost-effective and smart interior design solutions to upgrade our home. Interior trims can do the trick. After all, there is a handful of decorative moldings and ideas, and they all serve our need to spruce up the house in a few easy steps.
You can choose any or all decorative interior wall trim and ceiling molding solutions. It always depends on how much you want to spend and what your aesthetic needs are. Don’t forget that interior trims are the easy way to transform your home. But if you overdo it, you can easily have the opposite results. So pay attention by focusing on the size and height of the room you are about to renovate. If there are already some trims in the room, take them into consideration and match their style & size with the new moldings.
This is an easy-to-read buying guide to help you choose the right interior trims for your home.
Which are your choices? Here we go.
This is also known as ceiling molding. It’s the trim which stands at the upper part of the wall and softens the transition to the ceiling. It can be a dominant decorative element in the room since it becomes the ceiling’s frame.
Your choices range from a simple crown molding to ornate profiles. Keep in mind that the wider the profile, the shorter the room will look. So if you are about to choose a wide dentil molding, make sure it’s not too large for your space. In other words, size is the prime determinant for selecting crown moulding.
If the room is too low and not large enough, you’d better omit it altogether. For average rooms with at least 8′ ceilings, you can get ceiling moldings up to 5.25” wide. If they are wider, they will bring the ceiling down. Now, if the ceiling is high (whether or not the room is large), the ceiling trim should be wider.
As for the crown molding designs, they range from classic ornamental ones to contemporary styles. How to choose? Think of your desired architectural results. Want to break the classic look of a room? Get a contemporary molding. Want to make a contemporary home more traditional? Get ornate molding designs. Classic examples are dentil, egg & dart, symmetrical with ropes or beads, ornamental with acanthus etc.
There are made of different materials. You can get plaster, wood, PVC, foam or MDF molding. How to choose? For moisture environments, get plastic profiles. For curved walls, get flexible crown molding. Remember that plaster moldings are heavy and must be secured well during their installation.
This is the lowest wall interior trim. It softens the transition from the floor to the wall. It can come alone or be one of the lowest parts of wainscoting panels. An average size of baseboards is 3 to 5 inches high. In order to select the right size, take into account the size of the crown molding. These two trims should be matched. Even if they are not exactly the same in terms of size, they should be nearly the same to provide great visual effects.
The designs of baseboards are often simple. They often have a rounded component at their lowest part. They are made of wood, MDF, or plaster. These are the most common materials and should be paired with the material of the ceiling molding or shaker. They are extremely important interior elements not only for aesthetic reasons but also because they protect the wall – from your vacuum cleaner, for example. They also keep dust from getting into the seam between the floor and wall.
Window & Door Casing
Door and window casing serves a dual reason: first, to cover the gap between the jamb and the wall, and second to adorn these openings. They make a simple frame look nicer and make an excellent impression. Depending on trim choices and room size, you can bring the casing up the wall until the ceiling. This often looks nice when there is a raised panel running the wall and you want to match the two decorative elements.
Trims over interior openings make the transition from one room to another very elegant. They frame the opening and add character to naked walls.
There is a range of designs and styles as well as materials. It’s best to match the style and material with the rest of the trims in the room. If there is wall panel, it should match the door & window casing to make them all blend together nicely and give a beautiful aesthetic result.
It has always been the most distinctive part of wainscoting wall panels since it’s the component installed at the upper part of the panel. It can be slim or wide. It can be deep and serve as a shelf or just play the role of the upper cap. It was originally used to protect walls from chairs – that explains its name. But if you dig deeper in the long history of architecture and interior design, you will discover that the French often kept their flat panels low and thus the chair rail only served as one more decorative element.
Chair rails signify the end of the flat or raised panel. But today they can be installed without wainscots. You can simply use this simple molding to split the wall into two sections by letting it run horizontally. Remember that the height of chair rail installation depends on ceiling height. If the ceiling is average, keep it approximately 1/3 up the wall. For high ceilings, bring it up. For low ceilings, bring it down.
That’s a variation of a chair rail. The difference is that it stands on its own (without a wainscoting) and is installed at the higher sections of the wall. That’s because it serves for picture hanging – as its name implies. But it’s not used lately.
You can actually trim an entire wall or a door by using molding. A classic example is to install molding in the form of a frame just by combining trims to create a picture frame. When it comes to designs, there are all sorts of solutions. You can keep the frame moldings simple or focus on the corners and use ornamental designs.
Such moldings can mimic full wall wainscots without having to pay for the wood panels. The best way to have exceptional aesthetic results is to paint the wall and install moldings painted a different color to let them stand out and define the walls.