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Should Wood Floors Match Trim

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When getting wood flooring, whether matching your trims with the floor is a good idea will linger in mind. Your trim, especially the baseboard, should seamlessly blend with the floor. But the million-dollar question is; should the trims and floor have the same color for a seamless blend?

It is not a requisite for your hardwood floor to match your trims. However, matching your floors with trims can be visually appealing in many cases. Therefore, you will have to understand the visual effects brought about by your painted or stained trims to decide the best option. This article will look at some of the common pain points of hardwood flooring and trims.

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Floors and Trims: Do They Have To Match?

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Most people believe that the baseboard, trim, and woodwork should match the color of the hardwood floor. This is usually a misconception, because you can paint the trims in colors contrasting to the floor to make the color of the floor pop and be more vibrant.

Hardwood Floors and Baseboards: Should They Match?

The blend between the baseboard and your hardwood floor will go a long way in creating your interior impression. A baseboard that matches the bottom will bring out a cohesive blend, such as the baseboard will appear as part of the floor. As good as it sounds, this might create an impression of a wall going up or one that is part of the floor.

A matching baseboard will create the illusion of a larger floor. This can be an enticing point, especially if you have small rooms. You can make the appearance of baseboards painted and matched in the same instance by using a quarter round of trim at the brim that matches the floor; whether you like having double trims that do not match or not will be another issue.

Very few eyes will note whether your floor does not have baseboards, provided they do not intersect anywhere. This is unless you often have designers over at your house. They will definitely notice!

You might be wondering what impression a hardwood floor that does not match the baseboard creates. Well, a baseboard that does not correspond with the floor brings out the effect of defining the architectural space of a structure. The contrast can outline an area effectively and attract attention to the design.

Additionally, a baseboard contrasting with the floor creates a clearly defined boundary between the floor and the wall. The effect is usually appealing in most cases. This is usually an easy choice if you are unsure about what is ideal for your space.

The process of house renovation with changing of the floor from carpets to solid oak wood.

Trims and Baseboard: Should They Match?

Your house is likely to have other natural wood trims. It might be a good idea to match the trims with the baseboard. This will result in a general consistency mood around the room.

The wood elements will supplement each other throughout the room. Albeit the appearance of a floor climbing the wall, the hardwood floor may largely appear to be part of the décor or the overall wall design other than an anomaly.

Trims and Walls: Should They Match?

Trims that match the walls ultimately blend with them, causing an effect of walls that appear to be bigger. The result may be a good one, especially for tiny rooms. Aspects of architectural design are also blended to a great extent. This is usually useful, since it draws attention to other aspects of the house.

Using a minimal number of colors on the floor and the walls attracts increased attention to both. The floor is highlighted and more attractive, especially if you have a beautiful hardwood floor. 

How Should You Paint Your Trims?

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You should try as much as possible to create the same effect from room to room by painting the trims with the same color in the main areas of the house. Additionally, you may be creative in your personal spaces, such as bathrooms and bedrooms, and try out different unique trim and wall color combinations.

It will be important to color the trims in a room in the same way unless you wish to bring out an emphasis on the elements. Another idea may be painting door frames and windows white while painting the baseboard with a different color.

It would help if you did some basic testing before starting the painting job. Get a little paint and test it on board. Try holding the poster board against the wall and try to see how they look together. This will save you if you don't like the appearance before you start painting.

A gloss or semigloss enamel will be perfect for window frames, door frames, and doors. This is better than a flat finish as it brings a more elegant appearance. Also, glossier paint has added advantages such as high durability, high quality, and the ability to play up shadows and light.

The Perfect Trim for Your House: How to Choose?

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The perfect trim for your interior may not be an easy one to make. There are many options, and the selection will go down to your preferences. Here are some tips for selecting the interior trim for your house.

  • Make sure you use trim consistently. Consistency of the trim works for your house would bring out the best appearance for your interior. You should ensure that the trim work has a consistent architectural style.
  • Ensure that the trim elements can go together. There are different choices of trims within any style. Make sure your application of the styles blends seamlessly.
  • Make sure the craftsmanship of the trims is top-tier.
  • Ensure you keep everything to scale.

Final Remarks

Whether your trims should match your floor is a matter of preference. Both have their sets of advantages and disadvantages. However, trims that match the floor might largely create a monochromic effect. Also, a baseboard that matches a floor appears to be an extension of the floor. Therefore, it would help if you did not settle on the same color for your trims and wooden floor.