I am trying to achieve a modern, minimalist look in a carpeted
bedroom. The builder has recommended having no baseboard molding at
all, with the carpet just running right up to the wall.
In the other rooms in the apartment, I've got hardwoods with stained
quarter round, and stone tiles with 4" tile as a border, so really no
other painted moldings to speak of.
Is having no baseboards at all a viable option, and will it look
I used to do work for a designer years ago and in his own home he had no
baseboard molding at all. As I recall I don't think he had any molding
anywhere and the place looked fabulous. He had hardwood floors. Of course
he had the talent to make it work. I like the look of no baseboard molding.
One of the purposes of a baseboard is to absorb the impact of things like
vacuum cleaners, chairs, and the like.
If you're careful, that shouldn't be an issue.
As to your question: try it. If it looks weird, or if your guests can't stop
giggling, you can always retrofit something.
Story: back when I was doing the bathroom remodel, I supplied the vanity, sink,
mirror, etc., contractor the rest.
Well, I got a vanity and counter that was too deep :*)
No problem - my contractor cut the vanity back and the counter down to fit. But
the little backsplash on the back of the counter was cut off. He worried that
it would look weird. Against the half-way up tile that was also put in, it
If the decor is a modern style and the walls and carpet are finished properly
and one is careful; I agree - so what if there's no baseboard. If there are a
lot of mouldings elsewhere, it may look 'off', though.
i don't have any baseboards in my house. it's all either carpet or tile.
i've noticed that most custom houses in my area in the past N years have not
had it. it does mean that the rock hangers have to know about this and do it
The carpet and walls are in very neutral tones, in the taupe family.
The ceilings are high, and I'm going for a minimalist, architectural
kind of look. So it looks like no baseboards is a viable option?
It is a lot harder on the carpet guy and the painter/drywall guy. Hard
to get a clean straight edge on the joint. If you really wanna do this,
recommend you have the drywall guy hold the wallboard off the subfloor
half an inch or so, and use J-channel on the bottom. That will give a
crisp edge, and provide a crevice for the carpet guy to tuck his loose
ends in. Expect to pay extra- this is fussy detail work. And unless you
flush in the door casings and have a no-trim inset for the window, the
effect will be a little jarring, making the room look half-finished.
Also note- the bottom edge of wall will be hard to keep clean and
undented. Carpet guy with kicker, vacuum cleaner, furniture, etc. will
all be prone to leaving marks.
Personally, I'd go with thin square-section baseboard and door casing,
with eased edges, in the same hardwood as the rest of the apartment. No
On Mar 19, 10:23 am, email@example.com wrote:
The look strange part is only your concern, no? Doesn't matter what
anyone else thinks.
The baseboards, as others have noted, protect the walls from bashes
and bangs. A vacuum cleaner will leave marks on drywall. One way of
dealing with the impact is to use something harder as a baseboard
that's flush with the surface of the drywall. You could use 1/2" MDO
or MDF and paint it. The top edge could be taped to conceal the seam,
or you could use some vinyl trim to create a reveal.
Baseboard also allows clearance so furniture isn't banging up against
the wall (floors flex and walking would make the nightstand, or
whatever, vibrate against the wall leaving marks. The clearance also
helps so electrical outlets and plugs don't get so much abuse.
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