Now that my floor is done and looks fantastic, it's time to think about base molding. While the apartment's floating walls create a more modern aesthetic, the edges have not been wearing well and dirt has been getting trapped in the gap. It's a problem and I want to eliminate it. I called my friend, William Clukies, who works at the firm MR Architecture + Décor here in New York. Check out their website, www.mrarch.com to see some of their work. I asked his advice as I have always admired his clean, modern look. He suggested trying a detail that they have used before at the firm that approximates a “gallery reveal”. It's simply a ¾” by ¾” square toe bead. He said they usually try to match the toe bead to the floor finish so it is made from the same wood as the floor. In my case, Wenge. However, a paint grade wood could also be used to create different look. William also recommended having a few pieces of the molding mocked up first to see if I liked the proportions. I contacted Craig, my flooring expert at Haywood-Berk, and asked him to make up some samples of molding in a few different sizes, both paint-able and in the same finish as the floor. I decided to try the 3/4" x 3/4" size as well as a 1/2" x 3/4" size. Now, I just have to decide which one works best.
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