Selecting baseboard molding for your home is a great way to give the space a clean and finished appearance. To get the most out of your investment, take the time to choose the proper baseboards, as this decision can greatly influence the look of your room. Keep in mind your home's overall character as you consider the size, style and finish of your baseboard molding.
Perhaps the most important aspect of selecting baseboards is finding molding that is the perfect size and scale for your room. Lower ceilings (those less than eight feet) should have baseboards no higher than six inches. Anything taller will make the room feel smaller and boxed in. Rooms with higher ceilings can support much larger baseboards without making the space feel overwhelmed.
The three most common materials for baseboard molding are plastic, wood and wood composite. The flexibility of plastic baseboard makes it a great choice for homes with uneven walls and it's resistance to moisture makes it a popular choice for humid bathroom environments, as well. A natural wood baseboard is a beautiful choice for homes and keeps with the historic tradition of an older home. Wood is prone to splitting, however, so maintenance may be an issue. A wood composite such as MDF -- medium density fiberboard -- is lighter and easier to work with than other baseboards and has uniform composition, making it less likely to split than a solid wood baseboard.
Baseboard molding comes in a variety of styles to match any home decor, from simple thin boards to thick ornate molding. Sleek, angled baseboards will give the room a more modern look, while ornately carved molding will make the space feel traditional and vintage. Just because a room is small, doesn't mean that homeowners have to shy away from detailed molding. There are plenty of options for buyers looking for molding that is both low-profile and ornate. Conversely, large rooms can still look sleek with a tall, unadorned baseboard with clean, straight lines.
There's no right or wrong choice when it comes to picking the finish of your baseboard. Many molding projects come pre-finished in white, although natural baseboards are available in a wide variety of stains, such as oak, cherry or maple. Natural colored baseboard have a more traditional feeling and tend to blend in more, especially in rooms with wooden floors. Conversely, bright white baseboards will pop against the wood floor and wall. Another factor that homeowners should consider is whether the room already has crown molding installed. If it does, homeowners should consider matching the baseboard to the crown molding for a more uniform appearance throughout the room.
It's always important to consider your budget before taking on any home remodeling project. As a general rule, the larger and more ornate a baseboard molding, the more it will cost. Certain types of wood are also more expensive than others. Unless you plan to custom stain wood molding yourself, invest in a pre-primed package and always compare the cost of different moldings by looking at the price per linear foot.
Baseboard molding will complement any room you choose to install it in.