A welcoming home begins with the well-dressed walls. From the baseboards to casings, crown decorations to railings, trim is a design component that can add detail, richness and depth to the house. But it became very ordinary that a lot of home owners give too much importance on it.
Traditional homes can look great with a wide doorway, deep baseboards and window casings. Picture frame decorations, contoured and raised panels are suitable. Modern homes call for a simple molding with least shaping or detail. Elegant style homes are enhanced with very detailed attractive moldings.
Here are some trim and decoration elements that can enliven your house:
Baseboard trim is used where the floors and walls of your home connect, and is generally meant to hide imperfections and gaps between the floor finish and the wall. It also offers protection against scuffing the wall with furniture, shoes and general wear. Modern baseboards are composed of a single flat piece fitted to the wall, and offer a more contemporary and clean aesthetic.
A chair rail s installed about 36 inches above the floor, and is used to protect the wall from furniture marks and scratches. It can be set up at any height, and is sometimes accompanied by wainscoting, which is paneling that fills the space in between base and rail.
The space in between the base and the chair is sometimes filled with wooden panelling in a variety of styles and forms.
The trim around a window can be ornate and intricately detailed, set up using four separate pieces around each window.
Much like the window, door casing separates the door edges from the walls and surrounds the door.
This piece of trim can serve as a support to hang a picture, and is generally used by homeowner as an ornamental piece meant to divide the wall into horizontal layers.
This piece of trim is meant to be used as a shelf to display collections of objects, historically plates. They may range in depth from shallow to very deep.
The opposite of the baseboard, the crown moulding is placed where the ceiling and the wall come together. Crown moulding is quite formal, and adds elegance to interiors. For this reason, crown moulding installation is considered a cost effective way to enhance the look and value of your home’s interior.
These wall paneling ideas can enhance the look and value of the interior spaces in your house. If you’re looking for upgrades for any of the above, as a five-star trim and crown moulding company we are here to help you achieve your goals in a cost effective way. Raised wall paneling is our expertise and moulding is our passion. Call VIP Classic Moulding today to receive a free in-home consultation on your home improvement project.
We offer custom carpentry and trim work for homes, offices, commercial and more. All of our trim work includes standard trim carpentry such as; crown moulding, baseboards, columns, window casing, wainscoting, chair rails, cabinets, bookcases, interior doors, and any other custom architectural woodwork needed.
MDF Trim Mouldings
Medium Density Fiberboard (MDF) is a manufactured wood product used in a variety of industries. The manufacturing process includes some chemicals which may be hazardous to humans, leading to concerns about the health risks of MDF. There are two primary health risks of MDF: exposure to the chemicals used to make it, and wood dust. By being aware of the potential health risks of MDF, people can protect themselves when they work with it.
MDF Trim mouldings are not a bad choice if you are on a budget and are fine for most homes. They will stand up well if the above suggestions for installation are followed. However, I am skeptical that a home with MDF mouldings will stand the test of time in the way that real wood moulding does and has been proven so. If you do use MDF mouldings throughout your home, I highly recommend using real wood finger jointed mouldings in areas with lots of moisture (MDF moulding in bathrooms just does not last).
Real Wood Moulding vs MDF
However, if your home is well made and high quality, I would suggest using real wood mouldings for stained and clear finishes. Real wood moulding or finger joint for painted finishes depending on your budget (solid real wood [not Finger Joint] if you can afford it).
By using real wood in your home, it adds value and will last and look good for as long as you decide to live in your home. Might be a good idea to take pictures during installation so if you ever decide to sell your home, you can prove and show the quality of materials used in your home.
Medium-density fiberboard (MDF) is generated from wood waste fibers that are glued together with resin and heat-pressed to form a composite. MDF is commonly used as trim molding because of its resistance to warping, density, smoothness, uniformity and ease of use and installation image alt tag=”MDF trim adds architectural interest to interior spaces as baseboards, casings and moldings.”
Because of pre-priming, MDF trim work requires little surface work for finishing. The composite wood product, which sells with or without veneer wrapping, costs less than other paint-grade wood moldings and is manufactured in lengths up to 16 feet and as jambs in door-height lengths. A consistent and smooth surface without knots or grains makes MDF trim easy to cut and paint.
More About MDF Trim
MDF trim adds architectural detailing and finds usage in applications such as baseboards, crown molding, wainscoting and as window or door casings. Exterior applications include brick molding, column, door and window trims, gable vents and soffit trim.
Home builders and carpenters employ yellow woodworker’s glue, production screws, sheet-metal screws, coated staples, ring shank nails and spiral-grooved dowels when working with MDF trim. Screws are fastened by hand into pre-drilled holes or applied using a pneumatic nail gun with an air pressure from 98 to 100 PSI.
Cutting and sanding MDF trim can release urea formaldehyde, which irritate the eyes and nose and cause coughing and allergy reactions. Consider using dust masks and goggles for protection. Also, make sure a dust collection system is in place.
Baseboards are connecting boards that run the length of the floor and wall, concealing imperfections in the hardwood, carpet or laminate. They are both protection and decoration, as they protect against scuff marks on the walls and conceal imperfections. Baseboards are a common household staple, and can be found in almost every home. As they get scuffed and dirtied quickly, they require a fresh coat of paint every few years in most cases.
Adding baseboards to your home can lend a dramatic effect to the décor, and will imbue your walls with elegance and offer protection.
What are Baseboards?
Baseboards are generally made from wood and painted over in white. Many places offer plastic, plaster or PVC baseboards. They come in a variety of lengths, from 12 to 16 inches and can be customized to fit your home’s décor. Often they are installed in conjunction with crown moulding or wainscoting. VIP Classic Moulding used MDF or Medium Density Fiber baseboards, which offer the versatility and look of plaster for a lesser price, and are resistant to warp caused by temperature changes. MDF mouldings are commonly used in Canada for these reasons. Our baseboards are primed and ready to paint any colour of your choosing and are produced from the highest quality materials.
VIP Classic Moulding offers affordable baseboard installation throughout the GTA and surrounding areas. If you’ve ever attempted to install baseboards before, you will know how tricky the process of measuring and fitting these boards actually is. Very often DIY jobs are compromised by poor measurements, ill-fitting joints, and shoddy carpentry. For this reason, we always recommend you hire a professional to fit and install your baseboards. As our company creates the parts for your baseboards in the shop, we can offer you superior craftsmanship than any store-bought baseboard of the wooden fixture, along with easy and seamless installation. Baseboard installation can be a quick and easy process if you hire VIP Classic Moulding.
If you wish to replace your existing baseboards, or merely update their look, we also offer an application of a decorative moulding to the top to gain the look and feel of taller, more dramatic baseboards meant for rooms with higher ceilings.
Our company specializes in all forms of decorative trims including baseboards, mouldings, coffered ceilings, and wainscoting. For a look at our previous baseboard projects visit our project gallery. To view what baseboards we stock visit our baseboard product page.
Decorative Trim Installation
As a design component, decorative trim is incredibly versatile and can be used to create a variety of styles and effects. Adding richness and depth to your walls and ceiling, trims such as baseboards, wainscoting, crown mouldings and railings create a feeling of intricacy and detail. With proper use, you can add traditional elegance to your home, or enhance its modern details by using simple mouldings in spots that draw the eye. Elegance is easily achieved with decorative trims, which is why VIP Classic Moulding is dedicated to the creation of gorgeous interiors using these forms of decoration.
Decorative Trim Usage
Decorative trim is used by homeowners today as means of decoration, and to accent the walls of their interior. Trim can add interest to plain interiors, and can create an aura of high style and elegance when implemented correctly. VIP Classic Moulding Offers trims made from Medium Density Fiberboard, a manufactured wood product that is resistant to warp and is commonly used in place of plaster and solid wood in mouldings.
Our company offers custom trim and carpentry work for homes, offices and commercial locations. Our work includes standard trim work such as the above listed, as well as more extensive remodels and renovations, light design and installation and more. To view our previous projects, trim and moulding related and otherwise, visit out project gallery.