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Interior Trim Design Ideas

Interior Trim Design Ideas

Painting your wall does not just end with selecting a perfect color. You also need to choose a trim design to match. The trim color is the color of your baseboards, doors, ceiling molding, and other details, which should complement your wall, furniture, and overall design of your space.

Trim or molding will help define the space style while also improving the room's architecture by adding character and dimension to your walls, while your doors, baseboards, and window molding serve as designs and covers for gaps.

Good interior trim designs can make a space feel bigger or accentuate the room's shape. Using colorful trim can create sharp and clean lines through space to make the room feel larger or break up high walls and ceilings to make a space feel cozier. Think of interior trim as a frame for your walls; your walls will stand out with the perfect trim design.

We looked through the different color ideas of interior trim and picked out four unique designs for you to choose from.

Top Four Trim Designs

Gray Trim Designs

Gray perfectly accentuates the architectural details. The paneling and arch are the clear focal point of the entryway.

Also, wood would have made the entire design feel too dark and not as welcoming.

Gray trim is a perfect balance that accentuates trim details and keeps it a bright and open feeling.

Wood Trim Designs

Most interior trim projects are done with stock softwood moldings. Pine, poplar, and basswood are all common species.

Stain-grade moldings are made from single lengths of lumber without knots. Paint-grade moldings may have cosmetic flaws or be made up of many shorter pieces that are butt- or finger-jointed together.

For clear-finished trim design work, it's best to use specialty hardwoods like oak, cherry, and maple.

Medium Density Fiberboard (MDF) Designs

This paint-grade trim is more affordable when compared to wood but when painted is difficult to distinguish from the real thing.

MDF trim has a smooth surface, comes pre-primed, can usually be finished with one coat of paint, requires little or no sanding, and is more resistant to dings and dents than most softwoods.

However, it's heavy, requires more labor to install, and will reflect every undulation in an uneven wall.

High-density polyurethane

This also is a lightweight, inexpensive alternative to wood for design. It comes in many patterns (including ornate classical profiles that are extremely expensive to duplicate in wood), is easy to install, and requires no priming or sanding before painting. It won't rot, and it expands and contracts much less than wood when exposed to severe changes in temperature and humidity.

Final Thought

Though interior trim design ideas serve the practical purpose of bridging small gaps between the walls, ceiling, floors, and openings, it's also a meaningful way to lay the baseline for whatever trim design style you prefer in your home.

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