Why you should care about interior mouldings

Special thanks to Metrie for partnering with me on this post. 

When I was just starting out as a young designer, I did not understand interior mouldings. Crown mouldings, baseboards, trim, chair rail- it was all very confusing to me. The vast number of options available when I would visit a lumber retailer would make me go cross eyed. I just found it really overwhelming.  

 
Fast forward a little while and I stumbled upon 90-year old company Metrie and their Then & Now collections. What they have done is reduced the overwhelm that can occur with making selections- and grouped their offerings according to style, making it simple for the designer and amateur alike to pick products with confidence. 
 
Following this crash course in interior moulding education I have fallen in love with the results that happen with gorgeous interior mouldings- and I think you will too. 
 
Here are a few reasons why interior mouldings make all the difference:

1. A TRULY CUSTOM LOOK

With interior mouldings you can design a truly custom look for your home. From French Country to Art Deco style influences, interior mouldings really define a space in the way furniture and art cannot. Mouldings can determine how casual or formal a space will be, and certainly leave the lasting impression of customized design. 

2. HIGH ELEGANCE FOR LOW INVESTMENT

In my own home, we applied crown mouldings, baseboards and very simple applied moulding in large windows in my master bedroom. The cost of the materials was inexpensive- but the results look like a lot more. Painted out all the same hue, it is incredible what a small amount of dimension on the walls can do to raise the elegance factor. Since we kept the moulding design fairly simple, we were able to keep the costs relatively low.

3. ADD POLISH TO UNEXPECTED SPACES

In my home gym, I wanted the space to feel polished and elegant- and not so much like a utilitarian home gym. We accomplished this by again using crown moulding, baseboards from the Very Square collection, as well as Metrie applied moulding, this time all painted out white to keep the space fresh and bright. The result is an unexpected level of polish in what could have been a boring utilitarian room. I also love if I ever want to swap this room into a bedroom for my growing family, the change will be fairly simple to make! 
 

4. ADD DETAIL TO THE 5TH WALL

I love accenting the ceiling- I have done so in the past with a painted stripes, wallpaper and contrast paint. But my favourite way to accent a ceiling is with gorgeous trim details. They sky's the limit to what you can do on a ceiling- from very formal, to very modern, to very whimsical. Interior mouldings are an excellent way to provide understated detail to the often neglected 5th wall.
 

5. THEY FINISH A SPACE

Even if it's just baseboards- interior mouldings are necessary to make a room feel complete. And always go big on baseboards- for 8' ceilings I prefer a 5" baseboard. 
 
As you can probably tell I am just a wee bit passionate about the impact interior finishes have on a space. If you are overwhelmed like I was, don't fret- start here. Metrie has even made it really simple by providing an online quiz to help determine your style.
 
Photos of my home gym and bedroom by Larry Arnal. All other trim detail shots provided by Metrie.

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