Interior trim can add spice to every room from the ceiling down to the floor. Trim is functional in that it covers the gaps where different building materials meet, i.e. where the ceiling meets the walls or the walls meet the floor. There are many interior trim ideas you can use as a decorating tool to dress up some of the simple features in a room like windows and doorways.
For the interior designer or Do-It-Yourself homeowner, finding the perfect “spice” for a room you already love isn't always easy. Having chosen furniture, window treatments, throw rugs, and furniture layout, the room may still lack the sizzle you want to create that perfect look. Interior trim is the perfect way to accent your room to put more focus on it's best features.
Interior Trim Ideas Add Sizzle To Your Home
Basic trim in every home includes the baseboard plus trim around doors and windows. This trim covers up the gaps where the drywall (also called sheetrock) meets the floors, windows and doors. After these basics, the most common types of interior trim are crown molding and chair rails but there are many interior trim ideas to consider when updating a room in your home.
This series of article provides a glimpse into the many choices you have to enhance your home's interior beauty.
- Interior Trim Series: Grand Staircases and Entryways
- Interior Trim Series: Gorgeous Walls are the Decoration
- Interior Trim Series: Ceilings that Add Dimension to a Room
- Interior Trim Series: How to Make Your Fireplace Pop Visually
- Interior Trim Series: Shelving that's Beautiful and Functional
- Interior Trim Series: Cabinets and Built-Ins (working on this)
Pick Interior Trim Ideas that Match Your Install Strategy
Once you find the look you want, your next decision is how involved you want to get in the installation. Decide if you want to install the trim yourself. Are you proficient working with wood and a compound mitre saw? There are new trim products with pre-finished inside and outside corners.
When I peeked at what's available on Amazon, I was amazed to find this “peel and stick” crown molding. More amazing is a photo showing you can cut the molding with scissors. As I haven't tried using this new trim, I'm honestly not sure what to say other than try it out, and that's what I'll be doing soon.
For more challenging trim installations, some contractors are flexible and willing to partner with you on a project. You need to follow their advice as they're going to be concerned about the finished product which includes your work.
In my handyman business, the more typical calls are requests to finish projects that a home owner started. When they realize it's not as easy as it looks and they don't have enough time (tools or skills) to finish it, it does make sense to call for help. We always felt good getting the job done, with one exception (click to learn about one of my most feared handyman requests).
For most do-it-yourself homeowners, you should stick to trim that will be painted. Once you've installed the trim, you can fill in the gaps with caulking to get smooth surfaces. If you're going to stain the woodwork, you're better off hiring a master carpenter as it's almost impossible to hide gaps and other mistakes with stain. Unless you're an amateur home carpenter with lots of experience using a compound miter saw, stick with designs that only require straight cuts.
Crown molding is challenging so if you're determined to install it yourself, find a company that offers pre-cut corners. When ordering these from somone like sosimplecrown.com, pay close attention to their recommendations for measuring and order extra because you will make mistakes.