Giving your home a facelift by replacing the existing trim or molding can create an instant makeover that transforms your home from ordinary to spectacular. The interior trim creates a smooth transition between two connecting surfaces, such as those spaces created by the meeting of walls, floors, ceilings, doors, and windows. The trim itself is chosen according to its purpose. Each style of interior trim serves a functional as well as a decorative purpose.

Tips for Selecting New Interior Trim

The decorative options you have regarding interior trim are many. It’s important to select trim reflecting a single architectural style for eye-appealing results. In general, the formal rooms of your home can accommodate a greater variety of interior trim options.

In many cases, your best option is to hire a local remodeling contractor who can assist you in making your selections. For example, specific styles of trim should never be thicker than other styles. Otherwise, the look that you are trying to create is negatively affected. Unless you are well versed in interior trim, you won’t know this or other important facets of installing interior trim.

For design purposes, certain styles of trim must be used in specific locations so that the interior trim shows well. For example, a plate rail might need to have a finished return in order to cover the grain for the visual result that it creates. Your remodeling contractor can assist you in making these distinctions.

Interior Trim Options

While unique, handcrafted interior trim can provide an elegant look to any room in your home, the options for styles of trim are quite varied. One of the most expensive options that you have is interior trim crafted from hardwoods such as oak, cherry, and maple. Softwood interior trim is also popular and includes pine, basswood, and poplar. For less expensive alternatives, you can select vinyl, polyurethane, or medium-density fiberboard.

The different types of trim include:

  • Crown or Cornice
  • Picture rail
  • Chair rail
  • Panel molding
  • Apron
  • Baseboard
  • Base shoe
  • Stool
  • Casing
  • Pilaster
  • Dado
  • Entablature
  • Plinth block

Need help choosing and installing interior trim? Call the best remodeling contractor in the Conejo Valley: Westside Remodeling. For over 26 years, we’ve been delighting our clients in the Westlake Village, Thousand Oaks and Agoura areas. Call us today to start planning your new kitchen, new bathroom, new addition or any other remodeling project. Call 805.499.4121 or send us an e-mail to speak with a designer.


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