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Can I put in baseboards with low windows?

The question: I want to put new, more decorative baseboards and window casings in a few rooms of my house. The problem is, some of the windows are only four inches off the ground - which means there won't be room for both baseboards and casing. What do I do?

The answer: Before installing any baseboards, I would run the casings on both sides of the window(s) all the way to the floor. To accent the casing along the top and sides of the window, choose a substantial backband moulding that is wider than your baseboards. (A backband moulding is added to the outermost edge of casings as embellishment.)

Next, fill in the space between the floor and the unadorned bottom window casing with a complementary piece of trim thin enough to abut the casing. There are some rules of thumb when doing all of this, such as aligning the tops of all the window casings with any door casings. By having the casings go straight to the floor, windows take on the proportion of doors, making them look tall and elegant - much like a man in a Brioni suit.

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Follow architect and interior designer Dee Dee Taylor Eustace, president of Taylor Hannah Architect Inc., on Twitter: @ddtaylordd. Have a design dilemma? E-mail style@globeandmail.com.

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