If your baseboards are looking a little worse for wear or you just need an update, replacing the baseboards with something different can create a whole new look for your room. Typically made from wood, MDF or vinyl, baseboard trim comes in a variety of sizes and designs.
Keep It Simple
If simple is your style, stick with baseboards created from one or two pieces. For a sleek, basic look in a main room, use a single stained or painted board as a baseboard. For the bedroom, a small, one-inch wide, grooved baseboard can provide a basic line. If gaps form between the floor and the board, add a shoe--a small quarter-rounded strip of wood--at the bottom to give your base molding a completed look.
Create a room fit for a queen, or at least a duchess, by creating a wider baseboard. Wider, elaborate baseboards create a more regal and formal look in your home. Combine multiple molding pieces from boards to shoes to more ornate options, to make a look you like, but make sure you don't over do it. Too much molding can overpower a room and make it look flamboyant and overdone, so keep the size of the room in mind, including ceiling height as you create your baseboard design.
Try Something Different
Although wood and vinyl baseboards are the most common, they're not your only options. For a modern, contemporary or unique look, go out on a limb and try something new, such as stainless steel or lighted baseboards. Frequently used in kitchens, metal baseboards create a sleek, clean, industrial look and can be used almost anywhere. For a unique look, use lighted baseboards in an enclosed sunroom or child's room to provide a bit of constant light or a full-time nightlight.
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