Clear wood makes for a nice, simple baseboard with a small trim at its base.
Miter cuts are quite difficult, making the corners of this curved baseboard molding a masterpiece of angle cuts.
You can see how the baseboard of this long hallway will protect the pristine white wall from any dirt or scuff marks.
Quite often, modern homes dare to exclude baseboards from their finishwork, and it is expensive to finish off walls this way.
A clever way to get the traditional look of baseboard is to use smaller trim and paint the rest, as in this kitchen.