Occasionally, your exterior home design needs that finishing touch to make it look complete. Three design tools you can use to reach this goal are decorative trim, molding and columns.
Dress Up the Exterior of Your Home with Trim and Molding
If you adding molding and trim to the outside of your home is like wearing a perfect pair of shoes or a great pair of earrings: It can make harmony and add a nice touch of elegance.
Choose trim and molding that complements the architectural look and style the exterior of your home. There are many types of decorative exterior molding and trim you can use, for example: gingerbread trim, dentil molding, brackets or a gable pediment, including exterior crown molding and a pediment used over a front door flanked by columns or pilasters bring a cohesive and attractive entry for a classic, formal-style home.
Molding and trim products not only available in wood, now come in synthetic materials (including composites and cellular PVC) that are require less maintenance, long-lasting, lightweight and easy to shape, mold or cut using standard woodworking tools. The installation process and price depend on the type of trim or molding you choose. You can pay less than $10 a foot for dentil molding in a synthetic material, or pay $50 a foot for molding with an intricate design. Replacing exterior brick trim can cost $15 to $20 per square foot, while Replacing exterior wood trim can cost around $5 to $12 per square foot. Costs vary by material and sizing.
Calculate the time you want to spend on the project and any upkeep the material might require when deciding on the right molding and trim for your home. And most importantly consider your budget too. Something as simple as selecting a screen door with decorative trim can have an impact on the look of your home and require no additional installation.
Exterior Molding and Trim Ideas with Pictures
Here you can find many ideas about molding and trim for the exterior of your home as you can see in the pictures below: