Examples of baseboard molding styles include Colonial, Neoclassical, Victorian and Arts and Crafts. Baseboard molding, also called baseboard trim, covers the joint between the wall and the floor and comes in a variety of styles.
The Colonial style of baseboard molding is simple and narrow. It features few details or complex designs. This style originated in the 17th century when American homes were small and most homeowners had little disposable income. The Colonial style baseboard molding features a small base cap and casings that measure 2.5 inches to 3.5 inches.
The Neoclassical style of baseboard molding started in the mid-17th century and continued into the mid-18th century. At this time, American homes were growing in size and homeowners had more money, so Neoclassical baseboard molding is extravagant and wide with ornate designs.
Victorian baseboard molding is wide, deep and suited to large rooms. The Victorian baseboard molding style was popular during the mid-19th to early 20th century when the Industrial Revolution caused a massive increase in home decoration.
The Arts and Crafts baseboard style, also called the Craftsman and Mission style, is plain with mostly straight lines and few decorative features. The Arts and Crafts style focuses on more basic features such as wood grain and natural finishes.