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Welcome to the wonderful world of interior trim. From baseboards to casings, from crown moldings to railings, trim is a design element that adds depth, detail and richness to a room. But it has become so common, so ubiquitous, that many people don't give it much thought. We go to the local lumber store or big-box home...
How to Bring Out Your Home’s Character With Trim
When it comes to architecture, details count. They also define. The places where floors, doors, ceilings and windows meet the walls are usually accompanied by trim. The way that trim is executed has refined and defined our houses throughout history. Trim...
7 Ways to Paint Your Trim Fantastic, From Classic to Fearless
Painting interior trim seems like a no-brainer. You slap on some glossy white and call it a day. But in reality, subtle changes in how you paint trim can transform a room. As with many things in home design, a small tweak can make a big impact. These...
Wake Up Your Woodwork With Black
Yes, it’s dark. Yes, it’s powerful. And yes, you should work some into your home. Black is having a moment — and with good reason. Used on shelving, cabinets, door frames and more, it adds contrast, frames views and brings welcome heft to any scheme....
Add a Touch of Elegance With a Ceiling Medallion
Once considered a stuffy traditional architectural detail, the ceiling medallion is actually a gem that can transform your room in just a few hours. Historically made from plaster, ceiling medallions can also come in wood, metal or affordable...
The Transformative Power of Ceiling Trim
We often overlook the ceiling as a place to trim, most likely because we tend to think of the ceiling as something out of sight as we focus on the surfaces directly ahead of us: the walls. But adding some trim to a ceiling can provide a whole new dimension...
Accent a Room With Colorful Trim
Picasso once asked why two colors sang if you put them next to each other. I’m not sure I know the answer. But I do know that colors can make beautiful music together when you play them off one another. This is especially true if you abandon...
Design Workshop: 10 Surprising Twists on Window Trim
Architects often think about projects in terms of systems. It’s one of our strategies for organizing the complexities of construction into a coherent whole. Each system has an order and interfaces with the other building components in a clear way. Windows...
Trim Color Tips: Get Your White Trim Right
With the many decisions one must make during construction or renovation, the small ones can be the toughest. Take selecting a trim color; it's a relatively small detail, but I've seen many homeowners stress about making the decision or wait until the...
Use Trim to Modernize a Traditional Home — or Vice Versa
In the same way a pair of earrings or the right watch can change the impression we give off with an outfit, a home's trim can give a modern twist to a traditional home or add a cozy, traditional feeling to a more contemporary space. The color, shapes...
How to Fix a Mirror-Above-the-Mantel Dilemma
When you buy a home, you also buy a big to-do list. My living room, for example, featured a large wall-mounted mirror above the traditional fireplace. It measured about 3 feet by 4 feet and was held in place by heavy metal clips. It looked rather...
9 Beautiful Craftsman Touches
Sandwiched between art nouveau and art deco chronologically, the American Arts and Crafts movement revolted against the mass production of home goods and the overcomplicated design style of the Victorian era. This design era favored originality, craftsmanship,...
Beadboard Panels Offer a Shortcut to a Classic Style
Beadboard wainscoting has a classic look that never goes out of style. Traditional tongue and groove beadboard can be a serious chore to install, but you can get a similar look with beaded hardboard planks, and the process is relatively easy. Beaded...
11 Terrific Paint Color Matches for Wood Details
What paint colors work best with stained wood trim? I generally select neutral colors when I am painting a room with natural wood details, whether cabinets or stain-grade trim. Greens, grays, whites and beiges are no-brainers. Warmer colors, like orange,...
9 Molding Types to Raise the Bar on Your Kitchen Cabinetry
Moldings can make any project look custom. When applied to kitchen cabinetry in particular, these architectural details can help enhance the most basic cabinet style. With the multitude of different configurations and designs available, crown molding,...
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