Baseboard molding styles come in many varieties, sizes, colors and materials. From the less expensive small accent molding to larger, more ornate costlier architectural forms, baseboard molding can absolutely dress up even the dullest of rooms. The primary function of baseboards is to fill the gap between walls and floors to guard against insect invasions and cover unsightly, uneven borders; they can bring a unique sense of style and beauty to a home quickly, easily and inexpensively.
Although many different styles, sizes and materials of baseboard molding styles can be purchased from home improvement centers, a skilled homeowner can make baseboard molding styles with a router and selected bits. All that would be required is to purchase the species of hardwood for accented baseboard molding, or plain pine which can be painted to match or accent the home décor. Alternatively, a carpenter can be hired who specializes in making baseboard moldings, but here the additional cost of professional labor should be considered.
Baseboard Sizes and Styling
Baseboard molding styles usually come in sizes ranging from 3 to 5 inches tall, and it is not unusual to install moldings that cover more of the wall in high traffic areas, especially if there are small children in the house who play on the floor often. Taller moldings mean less scuffing for walls, but come at a higher cost. Additionally, baseboard moldings can range from elaborate architecturally designed facings to simple rounded edge moldings. Baseboard moldings can easily accommodate almost any homeowner’s taste, needs and style.
Construction of Materials
In addition to the many home improvement stores where baseboards can be purchased, there are several specialty outlets which provide customized baseboards made of hardwoods such as oak, mahogany and pine. Although these hardwoods are more expensive than other varieties of baseboards, they can be beautifully finished to accent the lustrous qualities of natural wood and add elegance to any room.
If cost is an issue, less expensive baseboard material can be found and purchased in many home improvement stores that will easily meet the requirements of many homes. Baseboard moldings that are composed of wood composites or medium-density-fiberboard (MDF) come either pre-finished with a white coat of paint or with a primer coat that will accept a finished coat of any desired color.
Finishing for Baseboard Molding Styles
Baseboard moldings can be either stained and varnished or painted, depending on the material purchased. The finish is best applied before the moldings are installed. If using hardwoods, a stain and varnish finish will enhance the wood of the baseboard, adding highlights and bringing out the wood’s natural grain.
If the baseboard molding style is a wood composite or MDF, painting would be an excellent choice for finishing the baseboard. Whether you are using varnish or paint, applying the finish before installation, and applying it to both sides to prevent warping, is highly recommended.
An additional touch to painting baseboard molding is to add a special glazing to highlight the grooves and accents of the molding. This will give the baseboard molding style a special accent adding to the molding’s décor and elegance.