Sep 24, 2014

Trim your interior for a fabulous custom feel.

One of the most beautiful ways to add architectural interest and often more equity in your home is with molding and trim. If you're handy, you can do base, wainscot, door casings, wall moldings, and even crown (although proper joining, fitting and coping may be best left to a pro.)

You're probably familiar with crown molding and baseboard trim. A tall base add sophistication to any room. The higher your ceilings, the greater the crown depth can be, and cost savings can be attained with piecing together different moldings.

Let's say you already have crown and base:  

1) Add molding in rectangular blocks on the wall. You can paint just the trim, or add color inside the blocks.

2) Try a chair rail. For 8' ceilings I recommend going as high as 42" from the floor. Most dining chairs have high backs and the standard 36" height may not look balanced.  When you have 9' and taller ceilings, I use an element from the space to determine height - that can be a window, the light switches, cabinetry and more.

3) Wainscot creates a finished and elegant wall. Sometimes a very low wainscot works well, otherwise I go 40-46" from the floor.  

If you have molding detail and crave more, create a grid on the ceiling for a statement look. For ceilings like vaulted and low basements, this can be a great place to hide wire to drop new light fixtures into the room.

The color of your trim should generally match existing doors and casings, BUT contract trim, tone on tone trim, and even a bold color will work as the space dictates.

If all of the above are too much work and expense, add pre-made ceiling medallions as architectural detail.

Have fun!