Alternatives to Baseboards

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Baseboards are used to hide the ends of wood flooring, carpeting, and tile at the wall of a room. Baseboards also help to hold down wall-to-wall carpeting. They can enhance a room by outlining the floor color with contrast, or blending the flooring in with the wall color. There are many different alternatives to baseboards besides the ordinary wood materials that are generally used.

Living and Dining Room Baseboards

In the case where carpeting is being used in a room, molding by itself can be used. Molding is smaller than regular baseboard and will help make a living or dining room look larger.

Where wood flooring is being used, 1 inch by 2 inch or 1 inch by 4 inch pieces of lumber can be used for baseboards. The lumber can be stained the same color as the flooring, or a shade that is lighter or darker to blend in with the flooring. For a rustic look, use wooden posts or logs that are 2 to 3 inches in diameter instead of the lumber. Logs would be particularly attractive in log cabin setting.

In a living or dining room with tile, glue tile that matches or coordinates with the floor to 1 inch by 4 inch boards and use the boards for the baseboards. It will make the tile floor stand out.

Bathroom and Kitchen Baseboards

There are many different types of materials that can be used as baseboards for both kitchen and bathrooms.

Creative baseboards from mosaic tile can add bright colors to a plain white bathroom.

Porcelain tile is perfect for baseboards. Use the same tile that is on the floors or a contrasting tile for the baseboards.

Tin tile, which is sometimes used as a backsplash for a kitchen sink can be used for baseboards both in the kitchen and the bathroom.

Baseboards for a Baby Nursery

Baby nurseries tend to always be bright and cheery, so the baseboards should reflect that sort of mood when you walk into the room. The type of baseboard you choose for a nursery will depend on whether the floor is carpeted, tiled, or wooden.

If the floor is carpeted, use molding around the floors at the wall and then add a border right above the molding that matches the colors in the room and has baby designs such as baby animals or use a border that has a design which reflects the theme of the nursery.

If the floor is tiled, glue plastic toy blocks around the edge of the tile at the walls. Depending on the size of the blocks, use two layers and put the second layer on top of the first layer upside down.

If the floor is wooden, glue two or three rows of wooden blocks on top of each other.