I hate trim – let’s just be clear right off the bat. If I had my way (which obviously I don’t otherwise I wouldn’t be writing this) ALL of the trim in my house would be used for firewood and target practice. Trim, in my opinion, has little place in the modern or contemporary home. I even, on occasion, put it in the same category with glass block – a heinous and disgusting material that should be abolished by law according to Bob Borson.
Trim, in historical terms, was occasionally used for a purpose, like to hide the counterweight cavity to either side of a hung window frame. But mostly it was used to hide stuff that you didn’t feel like taking care of, like plaster returns at openings or the termination at a ceiling/floor. These details were foregone in favor of a “cover-up”, a piece of wood moulding that has no function other than to hide something unsightly or unfinished. That bugs me.
Today however we have all sorts of wonderful little pieces and doo-dads that can be used to create wonderful details out of these transitions. Something as simple as a casing bead at the top and bottom of a gypsum board wall, set off the adjacent surface 1/4″ with backer rod and sealant can give a very clean and refined detail that just makes me smile. 🙂
Take a look at these details published by Build, LLC (these guys are my friggin heroes).
Now, honestly, aren’t these simple details a much better alternative than the hardware store trim that is clogging up your home like the image below? I know which way I’m going from now on. How about you?