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How To Make your Baseboards Bigger without Replacing Them

We are in the throes of a primary bathroom makeover and our main goal is to make this small space FEEL larger! One way to achieve this is with taller baseboards to help give the illusion of a larger space, but did you know there's a trick to make your original baseboards look bigger without ripping them out and replacing them?! Did I just blow your mind???

A black dresser atop a marbled tile floor.

Why are tall baseboards important?

Adding any type of trim or wall treatment to a space helps to add depth and dimension, which makes a room feel more luxe and BIGGER. Taller baseboards, in particular, help to draw the eye upward giving the illusion of a taller space.

Bathroom with sink and light blue wall
short, 3" baseboards

How Can I Make My Baseboards Bigger without Replacing them?

By adding another piece of trim or moulding above your original baseboard and painting both pieces along with the wall between them all the same color, you create the illusion of a larger baseboard!

A man with power tools working on a baseboard.

We chose this trim to add to the wall above our small baseboards while leaving a 3 inch gap between the 2 trims. You can go as thin or thick as you like with your extra trim - just make sure it coordinates well.

A woman outside working on a baseboard.

After first painting the new trim the color Retreat, we tacked it up using our brad nailer and a level.

A man working on a wall.

We then patched the nail holes, sanded, and painted both trims and the wall between Retreat. It looks like one tall piece that helps the room feel larger!

A person applying plastic wood to a baseboard.

Try this trick anywhere in your home or even around your door and window casings to give the illusion of a larger space without demo!

A baseboard against a dark blue wall and marble tile flooring.

For more tips on how to create the illusion of a larger space, don't miss these posts!

xoxo, L

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Oct 13, 2023

Love this idea!

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