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Trim: A Subtle Design Element That Can Make a Big Difference

Trim: A Subtle Design Element That Can Make a Huge Difference

By Associates in Building + Design
Published August 10, 2017

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Unique trim and casingIn the homebuilding and design industry, challenging the status quo can create a ripple effect and influence interior design for decades. In recent years, something that has become a new trend is the evolution of casing and trim. Subtle changes to these elements of home design can, on a more focused scale, change the entire dynamic of an individual home.

In order to identify this trend, we first have to distinguish these terms by giving them their own definitions. Trim is the general catch-all term for all wall molding and millwork, while casing is exclusive to window frames and doorways. Furthermore, there are several individual pieces of trim and aspects of casing that should be considered when designing a home’s interior.

In terms of trim, the crown molding, where the wall mets the ceiling, the picture rail, about three-fourths of the way up the wall, the chair rail, about one-third of the way up the wall and the baseboard, where the wall meets the floor, are all elements of wall trim that determine a home’s style. Traditional-style homes could expect to see all of these styles of trim (except maybe the picture rail). Ornate or intricate designs could indicate a more formal home, which sometimes might even feature panels between the chair rail and the baseboard. In modern homes, baseboards are becoming extremely streamlined, and designers are beginning to ditch most trim work, including the crown molding, picture rail and chair rail, altogether.

For casing, the story is a little different. Designers are discovering that they can utilize interior casing to its fullest potential by matching the window frames and doorways to the baseboards more deliberately. Working in tandem with the other trim can allow the casing to make a beautiful visual statement while not overpowering the home’s design. Using separate pieces of casing for the tops and sides of windows and doors can allow a bit of variety in design that breaks the monotony of just another entryway or window. Additionally, adding larger, deeper sills to windows that can hold plants and other objects creates another functional purpose for windows. On the homes’ exteriors, window frames are beginning to deviate from the traditional white and black colors to include a wider range of colors that combine well with other exterior elements of the home’s theme and design.

ABD is actively searching for the newest trends in the market in order to produce the best designs that our customers will love. To get an idea of what we can do for you, take a look at our custom homes or our Trim/Casing Ideabook on our Houzz account. If you have any questions about our work, please call 970-225-2323.