Updated: Thursday, 06 Dec 2012, 4:18 PM EST
Published : Friday, 14 Dec 2012, 7:00 AM EST
Grand Rapids, Mich (WOTV) - Interior trim details can turn an ordinary room into a jewel box! You or your remodeling contractor can choose from larger-than-standard sizes for a more substantial look. Others build up or stack stock trim pieces, or create custom trim profiles in their millwork shops.
On occasion, you can even use reclaimed lumber for fireplace mantels. Trim can be stained to coordinate with (notice I didn’t say match) other wood finishes in the room or painted a bright white to further emphasize the contrast. Some of the easier trim projects to tackle include the following;
1. Crown Molding can be installed for a custom look without the custom price
a. Stack different sizes until you get the profile you want
b. Combine different widths and patterns to build up the profile
2. Chair rail
a. Originally intended to protect the wall from chairs, it was installed at 32-36” from the floor
b. Now being used more aseptically, can be installed from 45-60” from the floor
c. Installed horizontally, you can add even more pop and pizzazz with different paint colors above and below the chair rail
d. Installed in more of a picture frame design, with insets of fancy or funky wallpaper
3. Base and Case trim
a. Covers seams where floors and windows meet the wall
b. Today, larger sizes are being used – up to 6”
a. A more traditional treatment around windows and doors
b. The easiest trim details to install yourself
5. Corbells (brackets)
a. Happy marriage between another design element in your room as well as the function of support
b. Simple or elegant, perfect for cabinets, bars, mantles and shelving that blend with other materials in the room
a. Traditionally used to protect the lower one third of a wall from damage, now used more to add architectural interest
b. Wainscoting can be as simple as a flat panel, a panel with a raised design or beadboard, which features vertical lines about two inches apart. It usually is topped with molding, which is often called a "chair rail."
These are just a few of the more popular interior trim ideas that can turn your room into a jewel box! For more ideas, visit Standale Interiors and speak with a design professional. Remember, this is 4 you!