Fun Ideas for your Baseboards

They’re probably not the first part of your decor that you think about, but you’d be surprised how much your baseboards affect the look of your room. Once you’ve gotten new flooring or rearranged your home, it might be time to look into sprucing up the baseboards. Are yours dull, drab, or boring? They might be making the rest of the room feel boring too. By getting creative with them, you can make a big change in your space with just a little effort. Check out some of these ideas for spicing up your baseboards.

Are your baseboards dull, drab, or boring? They might be making the rest of the room feel boring too, even if this is the last step in your remodel. By getting creative with them, you can make a big change in your space with just a little effort. Check out some of these ideas for spicing up your baseboards.

Use Molding

A standard baseboard is a flat piece of wood that attaches to the bottom of the wall. Baseboard moldings, meanwhile, are extra pieces that you add to the original baseboard that change its shape and look. For example, shoe molding gives a look similar to wainscoting, while quarter round molding is a more rounded and gentle look. There are even moldings on the market that add a small streak of color to the middle of the baseboard, which is great is you’re looking to subtly accent a particular hue in your decor. With molding, you can make your baseboards taller or change their shape entirely. The possibilities are really endless!

Try Different Shapes

Most baseboards are pretty straightforward, but they don’t have to be oversimplified. For rustic homes, we love the idea of using uneven wood to create a more realistic looking frame for your room (as you can see here). Make your child’s playroom even cuter by turning your baseboard into a bright picket fence like #15 here.

Get Colorful

We’ve already seen that you can add a pop of color to your baseboards with molding, but you don’t have to stop there. Accent your baseboards by painting them a color that will contrast against the walls of the room– for example, in a room that’s painted gray, your eye will immediately be drawn to bright white. If you’re going for a bold color scheme, don’t be afraid to stray from the traditional white or cream hues and experiment with rich colors.

Think Outside the Box

Instead of plugging in a regular nightlight, put small lights or a string of lights along your baseboards for nighttime treks through the house. (We love this adorable “mouse house” night light!) Put in these protectors for baseboards in areas that see a lot of traffic. By shaking things up a little, you can make your baseboards functional as well as decorative.

Whatever your plan is for your home, don’t let unsightly floors and baseboards get in the way. Come to us for the flooring and take the time to experiment and have fun with your molding to create just the look you’re going for.

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