Kick your interior design up a notch with some molding! There are few things that can elevate the look of your home than well placed molding, millwork, and trim. It can bring elegance to stale rooms, a touch of craftsman to lackluster spaces, or even whimsy to uninspired places!
Molding and trim can really provide an interesting architectural feature that will create a space that feels bigger and more finished. If adding molding to your home is on your list of upgrades make sure to consider a couple of ideas before you get started.
- Don’t go overboard
- Don’t underwhelm
- Make it look natural
- Consider a professional
Putting in over-the-top molding, trim, or millwork can have the opposite result of what you had intended.If it doesn’t look natural then it’s not going to look right. If you’re going to add crown molding, wainscoting, decorative millwork, baseboards or panels they should look original to the home.
Adding molding can make a big difference in the visual interest of your home. However, if you aren’t committed to following through a few other upgrades and refreshes then you shouldn’t even bother with it. If you add fresh new baseboards or extend the existing ones they won’t look all that impressive if they’re butted up against worn-out linoleum. Adding panels and a chair rail to your dining room won’t do you any good if you don’t take the time to put up a fresh coat of paint. Other things you may need to address are outdated lighting fixtures, peeling wallpaper and/or updates to existing trim and woodwork.
You want to ensure that your new molding addition fits into your home. If you live in a mid-century modern home don’t deck out your dining room as if it belongs in a craftsman bungalow. You want your new look to impress and not inspire confusion. Adding molding, millwork, and trim should give your space a tailored look.
Keep in mind that molding can be one of the least expensive ways to make a giant visual impact in your home. While you shouldn’t count on it bringing a significant financial increase to the value of your home you can expect for it to really make a big difference in it’s personal affective value. That said, a relatively inexpensive upgrade can become costly if you do a poor job on installation. Before you tackle the project consider whether or not you have the necessary woodworking skills and the patience to do a thorough job. If you’re not sure you can do the job as well as it needs to be done that bring in a professional.