Tall Baseboards and Trim

If you've been thinking about doing a tile or hardwood flooring upgrade in your home, then chances are that you also want to have some trim replaced at the same time. It makes sense to upgrade baseboards and door casings whenever you install new flooring because in many cases, the old baseboards will have to be removed. In the process of being removed, these old baseboards are very likely to be damaged, and unless you have extra, they will need to be replaced. This can be a great opportunity to upgrade to a taller baseboard.

In some cases, leaving the existing baseboards installed can be a good option. You might do this when you are installing new flooring but are happy with the look of the existing baseboard, especially if it has been replaced previously. In this case, a nice shoe moulding or quarter round trim can be installed with a fresh coat of semi-gloss trim paint to spruce things up. The finished product will look fresh and the new moulding will have added some depth and dimension to the overall trim package.

The vast majority of homes that I have seen have little in the way of a trim package beyond what the original home builder installed. This means that baseboards are quite skimpy, often no higher than three inches, and door and window casings are not much different. Without paying attention to it, you might not notice that your trim is actually quite anemic, but if you saw what your home could look like with a nice upgrade, you'd be shocked. Upgrading from a three or four inch baseboard to a six or seven inch high product makes a huge difference in most rooms, even if you only have eight foot high ceilings. Even swapping out the standard door and window casings for something more modern can make a design statement without breaking the bank.