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Baseboard molding is often an overlooked and understated part of interior decor. In some spaces, it is often picked out as an afterthought and simply as a frame to link the floor and the wall.

Yet it is a significant element that ties the rest of the trim and furnishings together. Aside from providing a fluid link, it frames the room from below and protects the wall from furniture scrapes. It compliments aspects such as crown molding, making sure that they do not feel overbearing or out of place.

Baseboard molding styles have evolved over time as its importance as an impressive decor item has grown. Today, a walk through our portfolio will show you that this trim comes in numerous sizes, styles and layout options. There are uncountable creative ideas for what you can do with baseboard molding, from painting it in varying shades, to adding fixtures such as subtle lighting.

The first step to getting this great trim is picking out the best baseboard for your space. In this article, we shall look into some of the considerations to make.

The home layout

The architectural layout of your home will speak loads to the kind of molding you should have. The separate trim elements ought compliment each other and achieve a form of harmony. Consider the crown molding, casing, chair rail, and any other molding you have, and envision how baseboard molding will add to the overall set-up.

Baseboard molding may appear out of place in some home styles while in others such as a contemporary layout, will do well especially when kept simple with crisp lines to match the minimalist furnishings.

The baseboard height

The general recommendation is that baseboard molding should be wider than trim such as casing but not overwhelming. The ceiling height plays a role in the molding you settle on. A recommended rule of thumb is to have 3-5 inch molding for an 8-foot high ceiling. A 10-foot and above wall height will go superbly with a 5-7 inch wide baseboard.

This notwithstanding, modern trends are favoring wide baseboard trim that makes for a grander statement. This baseboard does not need to be heavily embellished as the width will speak for it.

While baseboard does not have to match the crown molding, the two need to have a similar visual weight. Large crown molding will be off when matched with a very narrow baseboard and vice versa. If you opt for larger built-up crown molding, for instance, you may need to review your baseboard and switch up to wider trim as well. Similarly, if you opt for stacked up baseboard, it needs to go well with the crown molding.

Baseboard molding in separate rooms

One common consideration is whether to have the same baseboard molding in every room. The key is to have a harmonious finish while adding a unique touch to every room if you so desire.

If all the rooms have a similar layout, then uniformly-sized basebaord molding will give off the sense of continuity. You can spruce and differentiate the rooms by having the same size of molding but in different designs. Remember to aim for complementarity so the transition from room to room is smooth.

The type of material

Baseboard molding comes in varying materials, each with their unique features and weaknesses.

Wood is an elegant choice of molding because it gives off a warm, homely feel. It is customizable and considered more valuable than alternatives such as MDF and polyurethane. Staining baseboard to match the hardwood floor creates a beautiful, continuous finish onto the lower part of the wall.

However, wood will be prone to damage if exposed to humidity unless a waterproof finishing is applied. It also tends to expand and contract due to changes in temperature and humidity, making it vulnerable to warping. In addition to this, wood molding is likely to be attacked by bug infestations, requiring proper finishing and regular maintenance.

 Medium Density Fiberboard (MDF) is an inexpensive alternative to wood that varies in density, glue type, size, moisture content, and thickness. It will not split when cutting and is resistant to warping, making it ideal for bathroom and kitchen spaces. On the flip side, it scratches very easily and will not be repairable when this happens, unlike wood, which is easily sanded down.

Poly-vynil Chloride (PVC) is ideal for spaces where humidity is a concern such as a bathroom. Baseboard molding made out of PVC will be resistant to warping, rotting, and growth of mildew. It will also be pliable and easy to work onto uneven wall surfaces. On the other hand, its smooth surface is difficult to paint over while plastic gleam may not be attractive to some installers.

Polyurethane is moisture-resistant and therefore impervious to mold, mildew and rotting, It is resistant to insect attack as well and does not warp or crack with changes in temperature and humidity. It is light and flexible and will be easy to install even on slightly uneven walls.Dreamwall Decor’s polyurethane baseboard molding also comes pre-primed and ready to paint in your desired hue.

 

The choice in any interior decor piece comes down to the consideration of what you need versus what you desire. Beyond the variety in pattern options, Dreamwall Decor’s baseboard molding pieces come at an affordable rate for amazing quality. Given how durable they are, this will be an investment worth a lifetime. 

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