Adding trim to your walls, windows, and doors instantly adds beauty to your home. Crown molding creates a striking focal point and enhances the qualities of the other design elements in a room. Choosing the right size of trim is important because you want to be sure it enhances the beauty of the room rather than makes it appear too elaborate or gaudy. In the end, however, you ultimately need to choose what you like and what gives you the look you want. If you want a modern interior, ceiling and floor moldings should be kept to a minimum, but if you’re going for a classic look, crown molding and casings will help you achieve that.
So, to help you determine which size of interior trim would be most appropriate in your home, consider these tips:
- Decide what style you want in your room. Having a standard design in your house will help you decide if you need to add trims or not. Do you want to make the room appear modern and slick? If so, install thinner baseboards or none at all. Thick baseboards are often seen in more traditional homes.
- Follow a 7 percent ratio when sizing your baseboards. A 7 percent ratio means that your baseboard should be 7 percent of the total height of the wall.
- Consider the height of the room. If you have a room with lower ceilings, use smaller trim and less of it. If you have higher ceilings, you have more leeway in terms of the size of trim you choose. Larger baseboards help make rooms with high ceilings look cozier.
- For crown molding, a good trick it to make the molding the same in every room, so it has a consistent flow and doesn’t look mismatched. If you have shelving that needs crown molding, be sure it matches what’s on the walls as well.
- If you want to install a chair rail on the wall, make sure that its height is one third of the wall from the floor. This will make the room appear taller and more open. Chair rails are also great if you want to use two paint colors on your wall or you want to incorporate different patterns and textures in each section.
- Door and window casings are ideally half the size of the baseboards. However, it’s fine if they are the same size if that’s what works best with your home interior.