Trim is a general term used to describe the material installed at the base of walls, around window and door openings, and more. When most people think trim, they think of the baseboards that run along the base of their walls and around door openings. This same trim can be used to outline windows and other aspects of their home’s interior.
Whether you’re looking to replace existing trim during a remodel or need to select a style of trim for a new build, there are vast array of types and styles of trim to choose from that will add the finishing touch to your project.
It can be a little overwhelming deciding on the best option(s) for your home. Trim can serve an protective purpose in your space, it can be simply decorative, or it can be the best of both worlds. Here are 6 common types of trim application that you can choose to use in your home!
Starting at the very top of the wall is the trim fit for royalty known as crown moulding. Crown moulding is a type of trim; It’s called moulding due to its more enhanced profile and overall decorative purpose.
Since the drywall joint from your walls to your ceilings can be properly sealed and finished, crown moulding serves a purely decorative purpose. Crown moulding is a popular choice in traditional, classic architecture and is often used in more formal spaces such as formal dining rooms and foyers.
Picture Rail Moulding
If you are constantly changing up the artwork on your walls, a picture rail might be the perfect solution for you. A picture rail is a narrow piece of trim that is usually installed between 10 and 20 inches below your ceiling.
The trim acts as a rail to hang hooks from. You can attach cord, string, or rope from the hook to your artwork allowing you to easily swap it out without adding more holes to your drywall.
Even without being used to hang pictures, this decorative trim option adds extra dimension and artistic flair to your walls.
Chair Rail Moulding
This type of trim runs horizontally across the walls in a room about 30 inches from the floor (the height of an average chair). The original intent of chair rail moulding was to protect your walls from any damage caused by sliding chairs.
While chair rail moulding certainly lives up to its original intent, it has become a more decorative feature and is often the transition barrier between different types of wall treatments: paint, wallpaper, wainscoting, etc.
Batten, also referred to as board and batten, is a decorative paneling feature that adds dimension to your walls for visual interest.
The feature consists of alternating strips of wood placed over one another, typically the narrow “batten” is placed over the wider “boards.” The paneling can cover all the walls in a room or just an accent wall and can vary in height.
No home is built without casing. Casing is the trim that surrounds doors and windows. This functional trim seals the gap between your door or window and your drywall.
For a cohesive look throughout your home, choose casing trim that is consistent for all of your openings. You can choose to match your baseboard trim or opt for a different profile to add more designer dimension.
No home is built without baseboards. Unlike some more decorative trim options, baseboards serve a functional purpose in home construction.
This trim closes the gap between your floors and walls and protects a more vulnerable location of your drywall from dents, dirt, and other damage (such as impact from vacuum cleaners).
Baseboard trim varies from simple, modern profiles to more intricate and ornate, traditional profiles. It can also vary from just 3 inches in height to 8 inches and beyond.
Most homes use a combination of a few of the types of trim explained above. In more ornate, traditional style homes, you may even see all six styles of trim used. Beyond the style and location of the trim you choose for your home, you will also need to choose the finish, profile, and dimensions.