Is Shoe Mould really necessary or merely an afterthought?
Obviously, without it, there is typically a gap between the trim and flooring, which is not only unattractive but makes it extremely easy for dirt and debris, including moisture, to build up under the base trim.
Shoe mould is also one of the last items installed or even remotely considered because crown, casing, and base moulding tend to be the main focal points of a trim package. In its place, we commonly see commodity shoe tacked on, which often diminishes the overall appearance of its trim counterparts
But what if shoe moulding were considered from the beginning?
Beautiful crowning details! But this pretty room is sadly missing the shoe mould.
To ensure architectural continuity and seamless transitions throughout the home, consider shoe moulding at the forefront of the trim design process versus the end. Whether you live in a house from centuries ago or are building a brand-new one, it is a critical element to achieving a well-designed trim package and "shoe matters."
Based on your home's architectural style, consider using one of the following ITC Millwork stock profiles or consult with one of our millwork professionals for custom options. We look forward to assisting you with your next project.
2793 CWP paired with 4825 SHM
Coreena Harbison, Senior Designer White River Hardwoods
There are so many design choices when it comes to doorways and openings. Straight, Arched, Smooth, Cased, Paneled, Columned, and in this instance, a combination: arched, paneled, with a square column. How do you successfully combine these different aesthetics? It takes a lot of forethought and careful planning to make sure you’ve accounted for all thicknesses, widths and any existing job-site conditions like outlets, switches and vents. Things can get especially tricky when dealing with curved mouldings, but we’ve broken down a recent project so you can see how all the individual parts come together to make a large and exceptional statement.
White River’s Design Department worked from job-site dimensions to accommodate crown moulding and baseboards previously chosen by the builder. The width and height of the columns and panels needed to match on both openings and work with existing jambs.
Front Vestibule Opening
Underside of the Jamb
Because the homeowner was painting and not staining, they chose to use a combination of MDF for the recessed panels and poplar for all the stiles, rails, and mouldings.
Back Vestibule Opening
Underside of the Jamb
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