Primitive Trim & Molding Ideas


Primitive style decor is also known as country style, which is meant to make a home feel cozy, inviting, and homey, harking back to an earlier, more simplistic time. Primitive style includes warm, earth tone colors on walls, furniture, and accessories. However, even though the style appears simple, wall molding and trim are necessary to complete this look.

Crown Molding

  • Crown molding is one type of decorative molding that covers the gap between the wall and the ceiling. Crown molding can make a room appear more traditional. There are many variations to the molding you can make to make the molding fit the primitive decor style, such as rosettes, and you can paint it in primitive style colors, often country white. This type of molding comes in many sizes between 1/2 inch and over five inches. A wide crown molding should only be used if you are applying it to a wall that is very tall, for it makes the ceiling look lower. Thinner crown molding should be used for walls of more traditional height, so they do not appear lower than they are.

Chari Rail Molding

  • Chair rail molding is used in many different capacities throughout various types of homes. Traditionally, a chair rail refers to a wood strip mounted on a wall that is at a height that will protect the wall from being bumped by chairs. However, today chair railing is often added to walls just for decoration. Chair railing is often used to break up a bold wall color and to transition between a two-toned room. Chair railing can be made from many different materials, such as wood, fiberboard, metal, and vinyl. says that to conform to country style decor, chair rail molding continues from the wainscot around the window and painted in a cool or earth tone color to go along with the walls.

Stencil Trim

  • It is easy to trim the top of your walls using stencils, and this is very in line with primitive style decor. Stenciling can be used in place of a wallpaper border. It is easier to apply than wallpaper and more easily changed. Furthermore, you can create any type of trim you want using stencils, combining stencils in unique patterns and colors to fit the room. Star, heart, and farm animal stencils are commonly used to trim a room in the primitive style.

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