What Kind of Trim to Use in a Small Bathroom?


Designing small bath space requires extra attention to detail. It's important to use high-quality materials and trim work, so the bath looks elegant. If you use only average design work with no special details, the bathroom can detract from the home's appearance. Appropriate colors, fixtures, flooring and trim work will turn the small bath into a work of art. Much of the décor can come from close-out sales or dollar-store finds. It's important to invest most of the budget in fixtures and cabinetry.

Install Crown Molding Overhead

  • Heavy crown molding around the perimeter of the ceiling provides a strong look and feel. Paint the trim white to match a white ceiling so the molding blends with the ceiling instead of standing out. Consider using moisture-resistant trim in crown molding or other trim work if you have a shower in the bathroom.

Use Generous Baseboards

  • Don't install skimpy 4-inch baseboards just because the room is small. Using narrow baseboard material will devalue a small room. Keep in mind that baseboards help visually frame the finished room, as do door facings and other trim. Paint the walls a light neutral color and all woodwork white as a good choice. Darker wall paint will work in a small bathroom, provided the ceiling is 9 or 10 feet, however.

Incorporate Beadboard Paneling

  • Wainscoting and chair rail trim work well in a vintage home. Install white beadboard paneling waist high, along with chair rail trim 4 inches wide. Don't make all trim in the room extra wide or heavy. If everything isn't in balance, the room will seem cramped. Place heavier trim at the ceiling and floor levels.

Install Real Wood on Door Framing

  • High-quality door framing, regardless of width, is a prerequisite. Install 6-inch wide door framing, if the wall has sufficient space. Install a high-quality door with narrow, 4-inch framing material if the wall space is very limited. Use grooved trim to cover a door facing area made of solid wood approximately 3/4 inch thick. Install real wood vs. faux wood trim for long-lasting durability in this space.

Dress Up a Vanity Cabinet

  • Crown molding around a floor cabinet adds a built-in look. For example, if you install a solid wood cabinet as a sink vanity, paint the cabinet white and add crown molding around the floor perimeter of the cabinet. Use molding made of a vinyl product, if you wish, so you can mop the trim along with any flooring.

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