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,... more »
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.
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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,... more »
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,... more »
Being married to a carpenter, I have the pleasure of being immersed in a world of architectural trim. My most recent learning experience came in the form of the rosette block.
Wooden rosette blocks are both functional and fashionable. They form... more »
If you're looking to up the curb appeal of your home, consider dressing your windows with traditional exterior panel shutters. Originally designed hundreds of years ago as a functional window dressing for privacy and security, the paneled shutter still... more »
Coffers — dropped beams that crisscross a ceiling in a grid — are a hallmark of traditional interiors. Their appeal lies in the architectural definition and visual interest that they add to a room. Although classic coffers... more »
When it comes to finishing cabinetry, woodwork and furniture, most people think of three basic options right away: paint, stain or varnish. But lesser-known aniline dye deserves its turn in the spotlight.
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One of the most important questions that we all have about trim is, What size should it be? Getting the size and proportions of trim correct can make a huge difference in how a room is used and enjoyed. If the trim is too small or too large, it... more »
How the interior of a house gets trimmed out contributes greatly to its overall character. In many ways, a well thought-out trim design can make a plain-vanilla interior into something rich and complex, as well as architecturally dynamic.
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How the interior of a house gets trimmed out contributes greatly to the overall character of that house. In many ways, a well thought-out trim design can turn a drab and plain vanilla interior into something rich and complex, as well as architecturally... more »
When we bought our historic house, I wanted to transform it into a world of wainscoting. So it was important for me to research the subject, to understand its characteristics and architectural history. In a nutshell, wainscoting was designed hundreds... more »
The practical job of window and door trim is to hide the gap between the rough opening in the wall and the door or window frame. Beyond the practical, trim is an aesthetic choice, allowing you to express your personal style or pay homage to your home's... more »