Want to take that builder grade door trim to the next level? Adding plinth blocks and rosettes to your door casing will turn your door from average to amazing!
I’ve been writing The Handyman’s Daughter for almost three years now, and my most popular post by far is the one about installing plinth blocks. Who knew? These small architectural details are easy to install (no mitered cuts!) and can solve a tricky transition problem. I’ve rounded up a variety of different ways you can use plinth blocks and rosettes to update your door trim.
What are plinth blocks and rosettes?
These decorative elements can be found at the bottom (plinths) or top (rosettes) of door trim. You can use one or the other, or both! Windows only use rosettes in the top corners. These details are typically found in more traditional homes, but I’ll show you examples of more contemporary or rustic looks as well.
Plinth blocks are a great way to fix an awkward transition between door trim and baseboards. When we turned a window into a sliding glass door, I tried to find a similar style to the existing trim. But it turned out to be much thinner than the baseboards.
To solve the problem, I used plinth blocks that are slightly deeper and taller than the baseboards. You can see how I installed the plinth blocks here. The result is a much cleaner look that fits perfectly! My next task is to caulk and paint the shoe moulding the same color as the baseboards so it looks like one piece.
Here’s another example. The tall baseboards line up with the top of the plinth blocks, which then line up with the door trim. A simple plinth block breaks up all those lines and keeps it from looking too busy. The recessed detail in the block echoes the paneled door, and everything is painted a gorgeous dark gray for a cohesive look.
Fancy trim would look out of place in this bathroom. Instead, they used 1 x 6 boards and a rectangular plinth block stained the same color as the vanity for a rustic look. Note that they didn’t even use baseboards, so the plinth blocks are purely decorative.
Rosettes are the cousins of the plinth block, and are found at the top of window and door trim. If you are struggling to get the mitered corners to fit just right, this is an easy solution. Rosettes tend to be more ornate since they’re close to eye level. Check out these fun options!
Here you can see the rosette detail on both the door and window trim draws your eye around the room.
Rosettes don’t need to be confined to the indoors! This San Francisco home brings these ornate details to the exterior windows. Just make sure the materials are suitable for outdoor installation if you go this route.
Combining Plinth Blocks and Rosettes
I hope these examples have given you some great ideas for updating your own door and window trim. These small details can make your home feel like a million bucks on a tiny budget!
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