A friend of mine is looking for a house and recently invited me to check out a potential place. It was a cute, three-bedroom Victorian with bright, spacious rooms and warm hardwood flooring, but one thing struck me as particularly strange: all the baseboards in the living and dining rooms had been removed, leaving an unsightly gap between the drywall and the floor. Basically, it looked like a face with no eyebrows — something was definitely missing. It got me thinking of the myriad ways that my friend, who doesn't like a lot of fuss, could use baseboards to add character to the house. Here are five options:
Sometimes simple is best, like the painted white square-cut baseboards in Bonnie Brooks' understated urban loft.
Similarly minimal but much warmer, designer Ashley Botten and her photographer husband Christopher Wahl recessed hardwood baseboards into the wall for a clean but casual look in their home. The reveal above the baseboards is particularly sharp.
Traditional, unpainted wood mouldings will never go out of style.
Stylist Sasha Seymour faced her kitchen cabinet toekicks in brass, doubling as vintage-looking baseboards. I like how the metal shimmers against the herringbone floors.
See our Painted Trim photo gallery for even more inspiration.
1. House & Home November 2011 issue, photography by Virginia Macdonald
2. House & Home June 2011 issue, photography by Christopher Wahl
3. House & Home June 2011 issue, photography by Stacey Brandford
4. House & Home May 2012 issue, photography by Angus Fergusson
5. House & Home September 2011 issue, photography by Michael Graydon