Don’t settle for outdated trim on your old house. With baseboards, crown molding, window casings, and more, there’s plenty you can do to help increase the value of your home while making it look fabulous. After all, many experts say a sleek and polished look is the key to selling your home quickly, and trim is a relatively easy way to enhance your home’s look and feel.

From baseboards and chair rails to crown molding and more, there are plenty of projects you can undertake to increase the value of your home. Don’t forget to start simple and work your way up. Trim is meant to be a finishing element to your overall design, not the star of the show.

Finding the right trim upgrade is about discovering designs and styles that complement your home’s overall theme. For example, if you’re going for something modern, you wouldn’t want the same trim as an old colonial.

1. Baseboards

Baseboards, long flat boards which edge the bottoms of walls, play a significant role in wall protection. They serve as a barrier against daily objects like shoes, furniture and vacuums. Baseboards also have the aesthetic purpose of hiding the unsightly seam where the walls meet the floor.

Baseboards come in a variety of styles, including:

  • Plain
  • Vinyl
  • Back-profiled
  • Rounded
  • Sculpted

Choose a style that ties in with the rest of the trim in the room. It should all have similar proportions and detailing. Baseboards tend to be less ornate than other types of trim, like crown molding, since they are less visible. A more streamlined design will collect less dust and be easier to paint or stain.

2. Wainscoting

Wainscoting, also referred to as wainscot, is the piece of material covering the bottom part of the walls. The original purpose of this design was to protect homes from lack of insulation during cold weather, with the design particularly popular in English mansions during the Renaissance period. Today, wainscoting is primarily a stylistic choice.

Most designs apply wainscoting about one-third of the way up the wall. The most traditional style is the raised panel, which uses a combination of pieces to form a decorative design. Recessed panels, which are flat and have cleaner lines, are easy to install and can add to a minimalist design.

3. Crown Molding

Crown molding, trim that hides the seam between the wall and ceiling, is a classic interior design piece that adds a sense of completion to any room. It’s one of those nondescript details you only notice when it’s missing. If you plan to install crown molding, keep in mind it comes in a variety of materials, each with a unique installation process.

The most common materials used in crown molding include:

  • Plaster
  • Wood
  • Polyurethane
  • PVC
  • FLEX

Plaster and solid wood require specialized tools like a nail gun and miter saw to install. PVC can be even trickier to put in place, as you need to apply paint to the material during installation, which is difficult on the slippery surface. One of the easiest crown molding styles to install is peel-and-stick, where you peel the product off the tape and stick it in the desired spot.

4. Door and Window Casing

Door and window casings are a great way to cover up gaps and imperfections while adding a sense of cohesion to your overall design element. Tightly sealed trim around window and door frames—both interior and exterior—also works to block out cold air. When looking for casing for your home, remember there are several different types available.

One of the most common types of casing is low-profile, which lies flat against the side of your house or walls and ties everything together visually. High-profile casings are more ornate and can surround either the entire window or outline the ledge above.

5. Chair Rail

The chair rail, also called the dado rail, is a decorative wall element that looks exactly as it sounds: a long piece of material—often wood or plaster—placed three to four feet above the floor. Long ago, it was fashionable to place your chair against the wall, making the dado rail a necessary element to prevent damage. Today, the design merely enhances a space’s look.

In the past, placing a chair against the wall was the way to determine how high to install the trim. Today, since the element is meant to be decorative, there’s more flexibility with design. In rooms with lower ceilings, around eight feet, you can get away with placing a dado rail 30 to 48 inches from the floor. Ceilings higher than eight feet can feature the rail up to 48 inches high.

Installing trim is an easy and affordable way to give your home the clean, finished appearance buyers are looking for. Experts even say installing trim in your home will lead to a faster sale. So what are you waiting for?