Remodeling a house or even a single room is not complete until all of the finishing touches are put into place. Of course, it is important to have the floors you won’t put down and to carefully choose your paint, but without some common finishing touches, your room will not look complete. By adding some other touches your room can begin to take on a personality. The finishing touches that we are talking about are the various types of molding that you can choose from.

The Basics

  • Baseboards- Baseboards are pieces of molding that are put down in between your flooring and the wall. They are usually between three and five inches tall and come in a variety of styles. Some are plain, while others can have more intricate designs carved into them.
  • Door and Window Molding- Once a door or window has been installed, there are visible gaps in the wall at the points where the wall and either the door or the window connect. To conceal these gaps and to give the room some finishing touches door, and window trim–also called casings–is generally put into place.

Door and window trim is traditionally the same style as the baseboards in the room. If you would like a little different look, you can definitely take your time choosing outdoor and window trim that is similar to– yet different than–your baseboards. This finishing touch is at eye level as compared to baseboards, so spending a little more (molding is generally sold at the cost per foot) can help add to your room.

Good Additions

You will probably be installing baseboards and door and window trim in every room. They are finishing touches that are pretty much givens from an interior design perspective. If you would like to keep dressing your rooms up, you do have other options.

  • Crown Molding- Crown molding–also called cornice molding–goes at the top of the wall where it meets the ceiling. It comes in many different styles and often affords a larger selection than baseboards. It can be plain or have very intricate designs. Crown molding is an additional expenditure and does not have a real function but is still worth the money. It can significantly add to the aesthetics of a room, making it seem more inviting and enjoyable to be in. This is also a nice touch for potential buyers if you ultimately decide to sell your house.
  • Chair Rails- Chair rails are pieces of molding that run along the walls. They are common in dining rooms and eat-in kitchens but can add to any room. They are installed horizontally, usually about three feet off of the ground. They not only add some visual aesthetic to the room, but they can also keep your walls from being scraped up by chairs and other furniture that might be moved around. Some people use them to break up a wall altogether and use different color paints or different wall coverings above and below the chair rail.

Molding is an easy way to give a room a personality. You can create particular looks for the room by using different types and styles of molding in combination with one another. Choosing your paint and stains for your molding is yet another way to give your room the exact look that you want. Take some time to look around the hardware store and select the molding that will finish your room off the way that you would like.

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