Baseboards are primarily used for aesthetic purposes. They hide the space between the walls and the floor. They also serve a practical function, keeping plaster walls protected against bumps from shoes, furniture, or vacuums. When picking the baseboard, make sure it ties in with the other trim used in the space. The style and cut of modern baseboards varies in comparison to traditional styles like crown moulding. When filling holes created by screws or nails that attach the moulding, use dowels and accessories to simplify the process.
Since all trims share a few characteristics, choosing one is both a matter of taste and function. There are simple MDF baseboards that work well in basement apartments where water intrusion can raise problems. They are an engineered wood product that not only is cost effective but also mould- and mildew-resistant. Rona has these products in primed white, ideal for painting the colour of your choice, or natural wood. Natural wood is just right for staining to match the colour of the floor or the other moulding in the room.
There is an incredible amount of variance in styles, from sleek profiles that work in modern homes to detailed historic-style models. When selecting baseboards, have accurate measurements of the space to cover. Use the most length possible to avoid the need for joining several pieces together. This minimizes seams and the time it takes to disguise them. Choose heights that are noticeable but not overpowering, and which are in balance with the rest of the room. High ceilings mean a taller moulding height. Most modern style homes use moulding in the 4" to 5" range. For homes with a unique look, choose multi-bevel styles that create a more impactful visual experience, or combine them with crown mouldings where the wall meets the ceiling.