We spend a lot of money trimming our Christmas tree and yard for the holidays, and those are only on display for about a month or less. Instead of buying more decorations and inflatable snowmen, what about spending a little on trimming the interior of the house itself? Okay, it might cost a bit more than those lighted peppermint sticks you put along your driveway last year, but a nicely embellished room will be admired and enjoyed all year round.
We’re talking about crown moulding, door casing, window trim, wainscoting, chair rail, baseboard and other decorative elements. The pieces that add the wow factor to an otherwise vanilla room. Beautiful trim work can instantly transform a space from average to amazing. Your general contractor or carpenter might be able to give you a package deal if you decide to trim out (or re-trim) your entire house, but you can also plan the project room-by-room or floor-by-floor to spread out the cost.
Beyond the Basics
Home remodeling projects can be a challenge, but you’ll come up with some great ideas if you stare at a doorway long enough. Seriously. The opening between your living room and dining room can take on a whole new dimension if you can just imagine a classic column on each side with rosette blocks on each corner, and an attractive trim piece connecting everything across the top.
Next, let’s stare at the ceiling. Your light fixture may be dazzling, but you can enhance it even further with a ceiling medallion. Or how about that bare wall in your family room? It just might be begging for some custom built-in bookcases with storage cabinets underneath.
Homeowners that like a bright, clean look might choose a white painted pine or composite material for their interior trim. Others prefer the rich color of stained wood. Oak and cherry are popular choices, but many different stains are available to achieve the appearance you desire.
You’ll find trim from traditional designs with dentils and florals to contemporary designs with blocks and geometrics. It’s easy to find a design to complement any type of décor. So let your imagination run wild, and give yourself a gift that will keep on giving for years to come.
For more ideas on using decorative trim in your home, call or visit your local home improvement contractor.