Rustic Trim & Molding Ideas


A room's trim and molding add visual distinction and color to the space. Trim and molding are essential for creating a clean, cohesive design scheme. Modern trim profiles and colors look out of place in a country home; instead opt for rustic trim and molding accents to create a design scheme that looks purposeful and complete rather than haphazard or accidental.

Logs and Bark

  • Bring a literal interpretation of rustic design into your trim and molding with rough edges and bark accents. For a smooth finish, choose milled logs that retain a semicircular shape; logs with a smooth edge but several knots and distinctive grains add both textural and visual interest to a window or door frame. A high-gloss stain or finish adds a clean look. If you are a bit more adventurous, choose molding and matching trim that feature a bark-lined edge. A bark edge is a subtle way to include a rough surface without overpowering the space with too many textures. Choose thin strips of bark-edge molding and trim to showcase the bark detail. Pair any bark-edge treated windows with simple sheer curtains, and select natural wood furniture and doors to maintain the theme throughout.

Wood Molding and Trim

  • Though many inexpensive types of trim and molding are made from a composite wood material, natural wood trim and molding are an option for a more subtle inclusion of rustic wood in an interior design. Oak is a standard wood for trim and molding pieces, but knotty pine offers a more distinctive wood grain and rustic design for a space. Choose a simple profile for molding and trim so as not to distract from the details in the wood. A light stain offers a natural finish while a dark stain adds a rustic warmth to the space. Another option is bamboo trim and molding; though a bit more contemporary, natural bamboo trim features the ribs of natural bamboo stalks for a textured, rustic appearance.

Distressed Wood

  • Natural wood finishes are not the only option for rustic molding and trim. Create the appearance of distressed wood without the structural inadequacies with faux finishes that create an antique look. If you have existing wood trim and molding, sand down the original stain or finish and add a fresh coat of white or gray paint. When the paint is tacky, sand again or apply a crackle medium to create a distressed appearance. The distressed wood style is best suited for country homes decorated in a shabby-chic style. Pair distressed wood trim and molding with feminine country accent furniture and fabrics for a cohesive design scheme.

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