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23 Oct 2023

Guide to Wood Trim Molding: Types and Styles

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Wood trim molding could be on your checklist if you’ve been planning a home renovation or reconstruction. 

From simple to classic, trim and molding styles are decorative yet less expensive than other home decor arrangements. They reflect modern aesthetics when installed with door casings, ceilings, windows, and other home interiors. 

It will be fascinating to know that wood trim and molding are two different aspects of millwork. Home builders and interior designers may use these terms interchangeably in millwork shop drawing and engineering.

Can’t decide on the perfect wood trims and molding styles for your new home? Continue reading our guide on wooden trim molding to get a clear picture of how they differ from molding and their types.

What is Wood Trim Molding?

Wood trim molding is all about ‘trim work’ and ‘molding’ in millwork. They match up to both decorative and protective purposes of renovating interiors.

Trim refers to the material or strips filling the gaps around door openings, windows, or intersections between walls, floors, ceilings, and corners. 

On the other hand, molding is a type of trim that elevates the sense of elegance, detailing, and finishing with the home décor. 

Any molding is a trim, but not all trim can be molding. 

Homebuilders consider different decorative trim and molding styles for custom millwork to transform houses into homes. 

Modern baseboard, crown molding, beadboard (wooden paneling), coffered ceiling, wooden wainscotting on the walls, etc. are a few examples. 

Types of Wood Trim Molding

The types of wood trim and molding depend on the installation spaces. 

For instance, colonial-style crown molding and modern door casing for traditional and modern millwork are different trim molding types. 

The casing trim type is usually attached to the doors and window openings. In contrast, baseboards and crown molding designs adorn wall bottoms and ceiling corners. 

Let’s walk you through the types of wood molding and trim included in millwork:

Window and Door Casing

The casing is a type of wood edge trim used to cover open edges or spaces. 

Doors and windows use casings as frames to protect the edges. They also add architectural appeal, depth, and texture to the interiors. 

The most popular door casings or trims styles are farmhouse, colonial, craftsman, and minimal. Their installation covers the top and alternate sides of the openings between the door and wall. 

However, decorative trim or casing can be installed across all four openings for window molding and millwork safety. 

Baseboard Trim

As the name reflects, the baseboard is a molding component at the ‘base’ of the wall. 

The choice of material, designs, and colors for baseboard trim depends on you. Usually, interior designers recommend decorative wood trim molding to hide imperfections across gaps between walls and floors. 

If architectural millwork shop drawings have wooden flooring, then baseboard trim will be installed after flooring. 

Ceiling Trim Molding

Ceiling or crown trim molding is a part of custom millwork detailing over the spaces adjoining ceiling and walls. 

Crown wood molding adorns the walls and top ceilings with ornamental and detailed trim styles. 

Simple and neutral-colored wood trims are ideal for rooms with lower ceilings. In contrast, the combination of rustic and rich detailed crown moldings with high ceiling interiors looks impressive.  

Wall Trim Molding

The millwork and casework on walls and spaces other than ceilings and openings or corners of the roof come in this category. 

This type of wood trim molding looks luxurious and more artistic than functional. 

However, some designers add traditional chair rails and wainscoting with wall trim to protect walls from furniture damage.   

Even many millwork manufacturing companies work with picture rails or wall frames. They approach SolidWorks 3D modeling to finalize the dimensional and configurational parameters.

Popular Wood Trim Materials

One can finalize the wood trim molding needs under the guidance of home designers and millwork experts. 

But before getting into shop drawing details, it’s better to see the quality and type of wood trim material. 

Since wood is the most preferred trim molding material, let’s discuss the material options for wood trim installation:

Bare Wood

Bare wood is a perfect fit for showing its natural texture. This specific wood molding material lets you stain the trim to reveal your interior’s realistic wooden characteristics. 

Homebuilders use oak, fir, aspen, and pine as top wood trends of this quality. Each of these options brings a unique appearance to your interior trim structures.  

Primed Wood

It is a ready-to-install wood trim material, as this natural wood has been primed beforehand. 

Though no priming is required with this wood type, the installation process is more efficient, time-saving, and cost-effective. 

Wood composite

Wood composite molding material resembles natural wood trim. It is made up of wood fibers, resins, and wax. 

It’s a cheaper alternative to natural wood and can be used for interior and exterior millwork. 

Interested in Wood Trim Molding? Choose BluEntCAD for Custom and Detailed Millwork Shop Drawings

Wood trim moldings add a more polished finish to interiors. From floors to ceilings, they conceal peculiar edges, corners, spots and elaborate other architectural highlights. Millwork drafting informs designers, contractors, manufacturers, homebuilders, and other stakeholders about the process. 

If you’re embarking on home renovation, getting professional woodwork shop drawings for wood trim millwork is highly recommended. BluEntCAD is a trusted Millwork Drafting Company with a team of highly skilled millwork and SolidWorks 3D modeling engineers.

Our service offerings are focused on woodworking companies, casework service providers, custom furniture builders, interior designers, home builders, cabinet makers, and millwork shop manufacturers. 

Other highlights of our expertise are Construction Drawings (CD), 3D Rendering and VR, Shop Drawings, Building Information Modeling, CAD Conversions, and more.

Want to outsource your millwork shop drawing project? Contact our experts. Read our case studies for more information. 

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