Combining my love of interior design with current pop songs makes for one ‘punny’ blog! Taking a cue from Meghan Trainor’s catchy song (that I find myself singing whether I mean to or not) today we are talking all about the base(board).
Baseboard is all about the details of design. Whichever base you choose, it should compliment the overall design aesthetic of the project. This can be an elegant way to stylize a room within the structure of the actual building. There are several facets of design styles; the discussion below highlights a beautiful detail of modern, contemporary and traditional design.
Designing a traditional structure, such as this staircase pictured here, without any base is a wonderful
fusion of style. This simple and clean detail enhances the modern take on a time-honored design. The pro’s of a no base approach will also save cost on finish materials, and create less areas to trap dirt and dust. The trade-off however, is that the base of the drywall is more inclined to damage without the protection of a traditional baseboard. Keep in mind the way you use your space and if small children and pets may be involved.
Stepping up to: Reveal Base
This Reveal Base can create a feel that the wall is suspended and floating in place. In this application
there is a small piece of metal channel or plastic that is placed between the floor and the base of the wall. A designer may play on the color to have it blend in with the wall or contrast to create a stronger shadow effect.
A elegant application is especially highlighter when it is used to separate different materials such as concrete and drywall or fir paneling and wood floors as pictured above.
Such reveals can be purchased in many different sizes and profiles. A few of my favorite quality manufacturers are Pittcon Industries, Fry Reglet and Trim-Tex. Custom reveals can be site fabricated from almost any material as well. (Source:Eric Reinholdt)
The base can be made of almost any material. Common ones are solid wood (for clear finish or paint) and MDF (medium density fiberboard) for painting. To prevent the joint from cracking, fasten both the finished wall surface and the base to the same underlying material, or substrate per detail drawing below.
By nature, flush details require more planning to execute properly, keep the finished faces aligned and prevent cracking over time.
You can absolutely achieve a sophisticated style by using applies baseboard. It is a cost effective and functional way of protecting the base of the walls as well as creating dramatic lines throughout the interior. Most spaces can be quickly updated by adding a larger than typical sized baseboard. My advice is to keep it clean and simple with not to much detail to the profile.