What's in style now for baseboard?

Steve P
by Steve P
I'm tired of my old 2" clamshell molding installed in the 80s and it's time to replace it with something that makes more of a statement. What's *in* now for base and door molding? House has no particular style. Mass produced sub division built in the 80s. lol
Thanks for your thoughts and ideas.
  4 answers
  • 3po3 3po3 on Dec 30, 2012
    I can't really say what's popular these days, but I feel it's always dangerous to chase trends. If you have a specialty woodworking store in your area, they might have some maple or other hardwood molding that you can leave unpainted in its natural wood color. I think that always looks great and timeless.
  • Hey Steve P, if I were to change out my own moldings, I'd use 1 x 4's. I used them in a room downstairs and LOVED them! Cheap, easy, substantial and timeless.
  • Your basic clam shell style was common in that era home. The molding is cheap, easy to install. Depending upon the type of doors, style and look your going for will determine what types of molding you may want. Colonial style is very popular, but with that you need to think about panel doors. Oftentimes clam shell moldings are used with flat doors. If the rooms are small, you may want to keep the moldings smaller but larger rooms call for more bold sizes and styles. Also do not forget, moldings attract your eye. So if you have less then perfect floors, you may want to concentrate towards the ceiling areas instead of changing up the floor sizes. The bottom line is there is nothing taboo in changing up your trims, just be sure all of them match, that you do not do one room, and forget another. That alone will detract from the house.
  • This depends on what you currently have, or what you are working towards. WB brings up a good point about room sizes, and more importantly keeping a consistent flow throughout the house. Not only will consistency look better, but will help when it comes time to resell. You can go to the "department store" home improvement stores and buy trim by the foot... (oops, sorry, you can only do that at Home Depot) then you can take a small piece and place it in different areas throughout your home to get an idea of the "look", before you invest in a room, or the entire house.