Creative Baseboard Ideas

How frequently have you thought about baseboard design? Most likely not very frequently. But if you’re remodeling your house, little things like baseboards and other trim can create a well-thought-out design that will make you glad you made the initial investment.

No matter your design preferences, take a look at these 20 baseboard design options.

Modern And Minimal Flat Baseboards

Let’s begin with a baseboard design that is lovely in part because it is so straightforward.

Contrary to the usual idea of a rounded, curving baseboard, flat baseboards have a fully flat surface.

This design suits homes that have a modern bent without being completely minimalist. Flat baseboards give the walls a sense of richness and maturity without being fussy. For a sense of weight while being so thin, this style works especially well with baseboards that are tall—at least 6 inches tall and possibly much higher.

White Baseboard Contrasts with a Medium-Dark Wood Floor

In front of a curved staircase in this foyer is a light-colored wall with a basic white baseboard. The wood of the foyer floor and the staircase’s treads are both medium-dark in color. On a wooden table with some books nearby, dried branches protrude from a vase. The staircase’s white balisters contrast sharply with the wood banister.

Round Out Fully-Trimmed Walls in a Victorian Dining Room

This space is the perfect fusion of elegant design sensibilities and elegance. Nothing is more elegant than white walls with the luxury of real wood grain. The bronze ceiling and the bronze light fixtures are complemented by the hardwood floors, which also allow for the creation of a dreamy environment.

The Victorian baseboards perfectly complement this lovely dining area and provide a sense of grandeur. They go perfectly with the window and door casings, chair rail, and paneling that have all been masterfully built. The designer of this stunning space made effective use of the allure of understated grandeur.

There isn’t a finer illustration of how to accentuate a design aesthetic than Victorian baseboards. This dining room is a great location for hosting a formal meal or commemorating a significant accomplishment.

Tastefully Tailored Rectangular Baseboards

Rectangular baseboards employ clean-lined shapes without any rounded edges, much like the previous concept, but with a little more complexity than the entirely flat design.

Simple stepped baseboards like this one (with one or more changes in depth as it rises up the wall) or rectangular baseboards with thin groove features are less austere than totally flat baseboards but still carry a highly modern sense that works well in contemporary and transitional rooms.

The rectangular baseboards in this illustration are combined with a textural wall treatment and some old finishes (parquet floors, an antiqued mirror), which easily harmonizes modern and traditional components.

Grey Sculpted Baseboard with Herringbone Wood Floor

This hallway’s white wall and light-colored wood herringbone floor contrast with the grey sculpted baseboard. A large round lamp is positioned in the corner below a small round end table. To the left of the black radiator, a gray door hangs. To the right is a stairwell that is light grey.

Create Tall Baseboards with Various Moulding Elements

The typical Victorian baseboard isn’t often tall enough. Although not all baseboards are created equal, you can personalize them in a variety of ways thanks to modern technology. You’re in luck if you feel the need to enlarge them.

Why not combine your Victorian baseboards with more moulding and trim to make them taller? Do you want them to climb to the windows? Try it out! Wish to construct a chair rail? Nobody is preventing you!

When dealing with baseboards, trim, and moulding, your possibilities are virtually endless, so go with your gut. Be the first; don’t compromise your vision because it hasn’t been done before! Designers that follow their impulses and push the boundaries produce the most avant-garde and opulent designs.

Eye-Catching Built-Up Baseboards

While exceptionally deep baseboards (12 inches and greater) are sometimes found, a similar appearance can also be achieved by cleverly fusing thinner strips.

The idea is to use a base strip and a top strip, but leave a section of wall exposed in between so that when the region is painted out, it will look like part of the baseboard.

White Baseboard in a Sitting Room

A wall with pinkish shiplap is topped with a short flat white baseboard. A white sill surrounds two sizable windows that are surrounded by medium-dark wood. Above the window, black curtain rods are suspended. The sitting room’s warm wood is covered with a white rug. Between the two windows is a little white bookshelf.

Curved Victorian Baseboard to Ground Classic Wall Paneling

Wall paneling is frequently used by designers to add intriguing depth and accent wall décor. The panel moulding and lovely Victorian baseboards were combined in the stunning space seen above to offer more drama and intrigue.

The clever use of color is the choice that really sets this design apart. Of course, there are the vibrant shades of blue and yellow that we enjoy. The baseboards are white, which shows great design skill, but there is grey panel moulding and door casing as well.

To make the color blocking stand out, the designer framed the paneled wall between plain, white Victorian baseboards.

Gleaming Glam Metal Baseboards

Here’s an unusual but awesome idea. Baseboards made of stainless steel and other metal sheeting are practical and give some shine to your house. The concrete floor and the metal baseboard in this picture work nicely together, picking up on the room’s gray hues and industrial, architectural flare while repeating other subdued metallic details for a sense of rhythm and consistency.

Small White Baseboard with Light-Colored Wood Floors

Short, flat baseboard in the hallway against an off-white wall. The light-colored floor is covered with a beige patchwork rug. Behind an arched aperture in the far wall, there is a Christmas tree with a wreath on the wall behind it. On a dark table, there is a potted pine tree.

Extend the Baseboard Look with Chair Rail

We’ve already covered a little bit of the topic of raising your Victorian baseboards. We decided to provide one more outstanding example because there are so many various ways to modify your designs with moulding.

Chair rails are a classy method to divide your wall into several areas and to give a light, unobtrusive dimension. Use it to stretch your baseboards, break up patterns, create color blocking, or any combination of the three!

The interior designer in this shabby chic space used a grandfather clock, weathered furniture, and stunning asymmetry to create a genuinely distinctive wall décor. This space not only needed, but earned, the subtle touch of elegance added by the skillful use of white moldings and Victorian baseboards.

Architectural Yet Inviting Taupe And Gray Baseboards

A room can sometimes feel rich and inviting by way of architectural elements like door profiles and window trim. The fascinating shapes and silhouettes are what you notice when you paint your baseboards and other trim a subdued neutral tone because it draws attention to these elements without overpowering them.

Three Styles of Wood Floors in an Entryway

With a plain white baseboard, this entryway features three different types of wood flooring. A warm wood floor may be found to the right, beneath a white couch and rug. The living area is finished with a rich blue wall. A chandelier with pearl-colored beaded details hangs above a light herringbone wood floor. An arched door with a white side table resting on a light-colored floor lies directly ahead. The geometric wallpaper over the table has a stag’s head on it.

Black and White Shiplap Bathroom With Decorative Baseboard

This farmhouse bathroom has a vertical shiplap wall and a contemporary black and white tile floor. In the corner is a little vanity with a round mirror and gold hardware. Along the base of the wall is a white baseboard with a scalloped edge and quarter round show molding.

Bold And Artistic Painted-Out Baseboards

Those who dislike deep color should probably avoid this style. The color should go all the way to the floor rather than being broken up by a white or neutral baseboard if you really appreciate a vibrant color for your walls. This produces a creative effect that defies control.

In this illustration, you can see how the baseboard, crown molding, and ceiling are all painted in the same pearlescent pink hue.

In fact, this one-color statement makes the pink color somewhat less noticeable so that the even more vibrant artwork and furniture can draw some attention.

Long Modern Hallway with Flat Baseboards

Along the wall of the white hallway is a flat baseboard. Two rows of black photo frames are hung on the wall. The kitchen on the right can be closed off by sliding a glass barn door with a black frame. The hallway is entirely floored in light-colored wood. At the end of the hallway, there is a potted palm tree. On the left side of the hallway, a wooden door is closed.

Vintage Patterned Bathroom with Scalloped Baseboard

In this charming bathroom, a retro sink with metal legs is placed beneath a rectangle mirror. There is a sizable marble walk-in shower and a floor with patterned tiles. A white baseboard with a scalloped edge surrounds the base of the wall.

Solid As A Rock Stone And Tile

Stone and tile baseboards have been popular in many homes in hotter climes for millennia. The design is most prevalent in kitchens and baths in American houses, but it is beautiful and practical enough to work in many other spaces.

To protect your wall from mold and water damage, a tile baseboard can offer a higher level of protection than wood and wood goods everywhere you might anticipate the occasional spilt liquid or muddy footwear to strike the wall.

Additionally, the material is less likely to be scratched and dented, so it can maintain its good looks for years without needing to be replaced or repainted.

Cottage-Style Living Room with Sculpted Baseboard

This cottage-style living room has a warm wood floor and a white baseboard that is carved. The far wall is lined with two sizable windows, each with an elaborate white frame and a wood inner trim. Each window is partially covered by a paisley window shade. Between the two windows is a white cabinet with elaborate carvings. On top of a light-colored checkered mat is a white couch.