Hello! One of my favorite things about our new dining room is the moulding that we added to the walls! We’ve done quite a bit of trim in our new home and it is something I’m learning I can’t live without when it comes to interior design. It seriously makes such a difference and you could even say it makes all the difference!
We worked with the Metrie brand for our moulding and I couldn’t be more pleased with the results. We went with a classic, traditional style when choosing our trim so that it would flow with the rest of our home, and it really is seamless. I chose moulding and chair rail from the French Curves Collection. It’s got beautiful detail to it and is truly the same look that I loved when we were in Europe last year!
I’ll be sharing more about how to install the panel moulding in your home in another post, but today I wanted to share a few quick tips for choosing and ordering moulding or trim for your home.
Tip 1 >> Trim and other interior finishings are definitely an important part of interior design and should be thought of very early in your design or renovation process! Of course, you can definitely always add moulding to any room at any point, but it’s much easier to create a cohesive look (and it’s also easier logistically) if you make it a priority from the beginning!
Tip 2 >> Choose moulding that creates a look or feel that’s in sync with your design style. Just like any other finish, there are lots of styles of trim, so take your time and pick carefully. You’ll want it to elevate the style or look you are going for, as opposed to choosing something that doesn’t quite flow with the overall feel of your home. Metrie makes this step pretty easy because their mouldings are grouped together on their site according to style and they have a lot of image examples so you can get a good feel for each collection before ordering.
Tip 3 >> Measure twice, order once! If you are ordering moulding for the first time or going the DIY route, it’s helpful to at least talk to someone who’s done it before or even get some help with measuring and ordering. Something I didn’t realize (which now seems obvious) is that you can’t just measure the total linear length you need if you are doing panel moulding (sometimes also referred to as picture frame boxes) or applying the moulding like we’ve done in our dining room. That’s how I measured the first time and we came up short, big time! The reason why is because the trim comes in certain lengths and you want the sides of your frames to be full lengths of trim. So for example if you need a piece that’s 7′ long and the stick length is 8′, that leftover foot of trim is basically unusable. You wouldn’t want to try to create a 7′ length with all of your leftover 1′ pieces. So you have to figure out all of the different size complete lengths you need and then figure out what you can get out of each stick of moulding, and then that will help you determine how many total sticks you need (as opposed to just adding up all the lengths). Sounds a little technical but you can draw it out on paper and that will help too. And then of course always order a little extra just in case.
A big thank you to Metrie for working with us on our dining room makeover! All opinions and thoughts expressed are my own and we truly couldn’t be happier with the products and service!