If you want to improve the appearance of a room, new trim and molding is perhaps one of the easiest ways to do so. Many home stores have moldings you can use for drywall repairs or dressing up your walls and ceilings. Trim moldings are used to hide imperfections, gaps and joints on the surfaces. While wood continues to be the most popular material used for trims, light weight, high-density polyurethane foam and medium density fiberboard (MDF) are becoming increasingly popular. The following five combinations are most commonly used molds for drywall repairs.
1. Crown Trim Molds
A type of decorative trim, the crown molding is used to line that part of the wall which meets the ceiling. It adds style and elegance to a room and can also be used to hide certain imperfections.
2. Baseboards Trim Molds
This is another type of widely used molding. You can choose between narrow and wide trims. Like crown molds, baseboard molds are used mainly as a decorative piece to add style to a room. They’re used to line the gap between the bottom of the walls and the flooring of the room. While they’re more popularly used to add style, they can also hide gaps and holes.
You can purchase the baseboard trims in custom-made shapes or simply buy basic pre-determined shapes. The most widely used baseboard trim is shoe mold trim, also sometimes called the quarter round trim. Bear in mind that the material should be of superior quality so that a part of it does not get chipped off easily.
3. Case Trim Molds
Case trim molding is used to hide or cover gaps that appear around doors, windows, spaces between jambs, doorways or archways. You can choose from many one-piece case moldings available in home stores. Case moldings should be chosen keeping in mind the aesthetics of the room as they’re one of the most visible parts of trims. These come in wood, MDF and polyurethane materials.
4. Chair Rail Molds
Chair rail molds are common in dining rooms. Dining chairs placed too close to the wall could cause scratches. Chair rail molds protect the walls from such scratches. You can choose a one-piece style of mold or build it using two or more differently styled pieces to add to the overall decorative effect.
5. Corner Bead Molds
The corners of the walls, especially the edges, need protection to prevent plaster chipping off. Corner bead molds help here.
When you choose a trim molding you must decide whether you want moldings that can be painted. Some specific wood moldings and most of the MDF and polyurethane molding types may be painted.