This is the third post in this series, which main purpose is to dig deep into the features of all types of interior trim. In this occasion, we would like to go a bit deeper into this interesting and multipurpose home improvement accessory, so let’s talk some more about trim or molding baseboards; and oftentimes people think the trim that goes along the bottom of the wall right next to the floor may be seemed as a small detail, however in FinishBuild we consider that by installing baseboards, you can delicately change the look and a feel of a room or an entire house. In order to opt for the right baseboard molding, you just need to take into consideration your home’s style, perhaps the design elements and the material you would like your baseboards to be made of. This article’s goal is to focus on ground level and then baseboards; it is amazing how much interest trim can add to any of your spaces, whether your project will be complete in a small or big room, this accessory make the room look comfortable.
Types Of Trim: There Is a Suitable One For You
As a reminder, FinishBuild would like to only mention the most used and common kinds of trim which are available to be picked and complete the exceptional finish you have always wanted:
Crown molding: its function is to make the joint between the wall and ceiling.
Baseboards: they are mainly used to make the joining of the floor and a wall.
Casing (or also termed as architrave): as we certainly mentioned in our previous molding article; it is used to describe the trim around a window or doorway.
Wall Frame Molding: even if it is not very common, it may be seen as a simply decorative wall element and its function is to create the look of a picture frame.
Chair Rail: it is placed where certain moldings are located on a wall.
Picture Rail: this home accessory is basically chair rail; the only difference is that rail chai is considerably higher on the wall. Traditionally picture rail used to hold hooks for hanging pictures with wire.
Let’s talk about baseboards
This time we will dedicate on the baseboards, and regarding this it is important to notice that for most homes a larger baseboard is an extraordinary improvement. Unless you would like to achieve a more modern, with clean lines and minimalist style this suggestion will not apply but FinishBuild considers that for the average home, taller and ticker baseboards look awesome. Being the second most common type of trim found in houses, baseboards dress up a room and work as an interesting defining line at the bottom of the walls, not to mention that they also hide gaps between the bottom of the walls and the flooring, and this feature adds extra importance to this home accessory. Furthermore, most baseboards are available with a finished edge at the top; however when you are dealing with thicker and wider types of baseboards, it is recommended to finish off the top of the baseboard. And in order to achieve this, you need to apply what is known as “base molding”; which is a thin strip of molding that approaches onto the top of the baseboards to give a better visual transition from the baseboard to wall.
What are the best materials for trims?
To start this parte of the article, from FinishBuild we need to make notice that not so long time ago, there used to be two main grades of trim, they were applied for general use:
It is generally found in lengths of solid wood, in case the trim need to be finished in such a way as to show the wood grain whether with a totally clear finish or with stain, this is the most suitable material for your trim. Stain Grade minimizes seams and keeps the color uniform.
One of the features of this material is that functions as a “finger jointed”, so if you see a piece of trim broken you can see those little “teeth” looking grooves where it broke, that is a finger joint. The manufacturing process allows company to use shorter lengths of lumber in order to make long pieces of trim.
They are still in the home accessories market; nevertheless there are some new representatives, such as Oak, maple, poplar or MDF.
MDF (Medium Density Fiberboard)
Regarding this element, there are mainly one pro and con; MDF is used as a trim due to how well it can be milled with intricate profiles and this allow manufacturers to offer great detailed trims that cost much more, but they can actually be acquire at a fair price. We need to suggest you to keep in mind that MDF and water do not mix, so since baseboards are practically on the floor, if the area where MDF trims will be installed has a high wetness level, this could be a downside for you baseboard project.
Have you ever read about shoe molding or quarter- round?
These two elements are considered in a home makeover project when there are gaps, between baseboard and flooring; moreover, they are even used on all sorts of gapped places. Both shoe molding and quarter- round are long and made from flexible length of wood, MDF or polystyrene. The principal characteristic that made these home improvement elements really useful, is their flexibility; they can easily bend to match the profile of wavy floors.
FinishBuild considers important to help you understand that the profile or shape of the molding you are looking for, is an identifying characteristic, and thus it is important to recognize which molding was installed in your home originally, this will reflect later changes and where some have disappeared, what can be very helpful when planning your renovation. Fortunately, there is a wide molding baseboards selection range in the home improvement market, the perfect trim is within reach, so as we always do; we recommend you to do a good analysis based on the options you need before making any final decision, let molding baseboards amaze you by the great differences this element can make in the look of your home.
“Strive for continuous improvement, instead of perfection”. Kim Collins