Baseboard Trim Options

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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.

Go Regal

  • 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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