Moulding is a great and inexpensive way to upgrade the look and value of your home. But before installing it in your house, it’s important to know what your options are so it works best with your spaces. Check out these trim and moulding types and see how they could best work with your home.
- Baseboard – This type of moulding can be found along the bottom of the wall, aligned with the floor. While many homes already offer baseboard moulding throughout, customizing this feature can create entirely different looks and feels for each space. Depending style preferences, baseboards typically range in thickness from 0.5 inches to 1 inch, and 3 inches to 8 inches in height. When deciding on a size, a good rule of thumb is to base the baseboard’s size on its relationship to other moulding, including crown and casing.
- Casing – Another way to spruce up a room is with casing. This flat moulding is used to frame doors and windows along the outer rim, and although it’s typically smaller than baseboards are, it can have the same width as its height. One thing to keep in mind when selecting your casing is the color scheme of the room. If you’re leaning toward a wider moulding for your room, it may be best to use a lighter color, so as not to overpower the area with a highly contrasting color casing (and vice versa).
For a more traditional-style look, select a size between 3 and 4.5 inches. For a more Victorian-style look, you’ll want to find casing that’s closer to 6 inches in width.
- Crown – Like baseboard moulding, crown moulding is usually a standard in most homes. One way to decide on a size is to compare the height of the baseboard with the size of the crown and make sure they are similar. The scale is typically between 5 and 7 inches tall for a 10-foot wall, or between 3 and 5 inches tall for an 8-foot wall. The larger the space, the more ornate crown moulding can be without looking too overwhelming.
- Specialty – There are also specialty mouldings that can spruce up any space just as much as the other more standard options, such as chair rail moulding, brickmould trim and more.
Chair rails, in particular, run horizontally across walls at a height of about 36 inches and are usually installed with wainscot that runs along the lower third of walls, ranging in width from 1.5 to 3 inches. For reference, make sure that the chair railing is smaller than the casing around the doors and windows, measuring at about half the size of the crown moulding.
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