Baseboards are one of those final details that can really make or break a room. They are the bridge between the floor and the walls and can help to merge the two and give them a connected appearance. Some people choose not to include baseboards in their final designs as they believe them a unneeded extra, however they are a fundamental element in the finishing process of interior design.
There are no specific requirements needed when it comes to installing baseboards, as they will look fantastic in large and small rooms as well as unusually shaped rooms. They really help to frame the wall space and give a definite edge on the perimeter of the room. If you are trying to open up a smaller room then choosing lighter baseboards will help to dissolve the edge of the room slightly in order to give the illusion of a larger space. You can use a darker colour or material, but you run the risk of making the room look a lot smaller than it is, so it is also best to choose a material with a lighter colour. If you have a larger room, you have the option of either dark or light coloured material, so you can suit your baseboard with your current décor. However, if you have a very large room, it is always best to use a darker coloured baseboard as it allows the eyes to see the edges of the room, stopping the space from seeming too large and overpowering in size.Read more
There are a wide variety of different materials to choose from when selecting a baseboard for your interior. The most common material used is often wood as it is easy to install, very versatile and can be sculpted into different patterns with a variety of different bevels. Depending on how you want the end of your wall to finish, you can have your baseboard flush against the wall without any extruding parts or you can have a baseboard with a bevelled edge to help give more definition. If you have a smaller room to work with, then a flush and rather flat baseboard will help keep the space feeling as big and open as possible. You can of course go for the bevelled look, but this may close the space in and make it feel smaller than it really is. Why not try something out of the ordinary and have a baseboard created out of an unusual material? If you have a rustic styled house, why not try adding some trimmed bark to the edge of the room to give it more of a earthy and natural tone. If you have a very sleek and modern interior, try added some aluminium baseboard for a futuristic and slightly industrial feel.
The possibilities are endless, as all you need is some inspiration and a bit of imagination. Have a browse through our selection of images, and take a look at some of our favourite baseboard designs.