10 Basic Trim Types

The trim of a room may seem like a small detail, but it can make or break a room. Trim covers the gaps between two areas, namely corners, and can be a great decorative element for a home or room. We’re going to look at several trim styles provided us by our colleagues in Finish Carpentry Chicago IL.

  • Crown Molding is considered the king of trim, hence the name. It starts a little lower down the wall to simulate a higher ceiling and bring a feeling of more space into homes.
  • Baseboards are the type of trim that covers the space between the floor and wall, keeping furniture from scraping the wall. Baseboards can often afford to be far more plain as they are ofetn covered by counches and other furniture.
  • Chair Rails are installed a little ways up the wall from the floor to keep chairs from scraping against tthe wall. You’ll often see these in dining rooms.
  • Picture Rails are put in a little ways down the wall from the ceiling and are used to support pictures. This molding usually needs to be nailed into the wall.
  • Picture Frame Molding immediately creates a very elevated look to a home, as it’s installed to support large paintings as seen in high end homes.
  • Panel Molding is a large segment that covers the lower section of a wall up to the level where chair rails would normally be.
  • Door and Window Casing has a name that speaks for itself. They encompass windows and doors to provide a border between the wood and wall.
  • Pierced Molding is a decorative trim, generally with a type of pattern on it and not fully filled out. These are used primarily for aesthetics.
  • Architrave Molding is set above doors and windows, often from the outside, and is large and decorative.
  • Corbels are installed between vertical and horizontal surfaces and are roughly shaped like L’s or triangles. These, although means to support a structure fastened to the wall, can also be made in different styles for the sake of appearance.

You’ve got several more types, but these should give you a good idea of the basic trim types.

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