6 Easy Ways Trim Can Transform Your Home

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The BIG home projects always have a BIG impact -- knocking out a wall, replacing flooring, painting kitchen cabinets, getting new countertops, etc. But there are some *small* projects that can also have a BIG impact. The top on our list of budget-friendly and easy projects that pack a big punch: adding trim and moulding… everywhere! Moulding (or inexpensive thin boards) won’t break your budget, and it doesn’t require a lot of fancy tools to make the basic cuts for most trim projects --  these basic tools will do (although  a nice saw is worth the investment if you’re updating trim for your whole house)! 

Ready? Read our top 6 ways to use skirting board moulding or other trim to give your home a new look, without spending a lot -- and #6 is even renter-friendly! 
Pair thin baseboards with a basic 1x piece of lumber for thicker baseboards. image: Remodelaholic
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Pair thin baseboards with a basic 1x piece of lumber for thicker baseboards. image: Remodelaholic

1 - Taller skirting board.

Most average homes don’t come standard with lovely chunky  skirting boards-- we get the wimpy little builder-basic ones. While taller baseboards are a worthy investment (in my opinion) -- you can get the same look by pairing a basic board with your existing mouldings, or inexpensive new moulding. [More details over on Remodelaholic(.)com.] You can use this same trick, with either flat lumber or carved moulding, to create thicker window and door trim, too.  
Thick curvy molding makes windows amazing! image: The Rozy Home
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Thick curvy molding makes windows amazing! image: The Rozy Home

2 - Frame those windows

Trimming out your windows, or adding wider trim to the existing trim, gives your windows so much more character and presence! Chunky trim looks great alone, or paired with a pretty window treatment -- my personal favourite is a pair of nicely textured  bamboo blinds, but there are lots of different types of  shades that look great flying solo in a trimmed window, while still giving your privacy and filtering or blocking light.
A framed mirror makes a large builder mirror look custom. image:Remodelaholic
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A framed mirror makes a large builder mirror look custom. image:Remodelaholic

3 - Update your builder-basic bathroom mirror

You can use 1x4s, or you can use trim -- both will give that large mirror some staying power and character. Renting? Build a simple frame and then use  removable adhesive strips (like 3M command strips) to hang it on the wall/mirror.  Read a step-by-step tutorial here for building your own mirror frame. 
A thick craftsman trim at the top of the door is clean and modern. image taken by Remodelaholic
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A thick craftsman trim at the top of the door is clean and modern. image taken by Remodelaholic

4 - Beef up the door trim

In addition to layering trim for a thicker moulding around the door -- to give your door a little more oomph, add a header/cornice to the top. A bit of trim goes a LONG way and makes even basic doors look like architectural features. Bonus points if you paint your door, too ;) 
Adding trim and a fresh coat of paint works wonders! image: Jenny McArthur for Remodelaholic
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Adding trim and a fresh coat of paint works wonders! image: Jenny McArthur for Remodelaholic

5 - Install wainscoting

This is, hands down, my favourite way to use trim (or inexpensive flat lumber). Whether you decide to install a  chair rail (with or without beadboard panels or a shiplap section below it), a taller board and batten style, a full panelled wall, or a more custom design like a trellis or a barn door style, wainscoting of any size or style will add character, texture, and a fresh look to your home. [Read a full guide on wainscoting styles and types on Remodelaholic(.)com, search wainscoting guide] 
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6 - Update furniture

Even if you can’t change the trim in your home (renting happens!) you can still update furniture with some moulding and creative trim work and a bit of paint. Try  these bold colours or  these classics for a fun new piece in your home.
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