moulding Q&A's

March 2, 2008
A dragged paint finish accentuates the beautiful trimwork that frames a kitchen
A dragged paint finish accentuates the beautiful trimwork that frames a kitchen pass-through.

Dear Debbie;


    I have noticed on all the design television shows that the baseboards are being painted a colour, even with a very strong wall colour. I have strong red on the main floor, and the hall and upstairs rooms are basket weave yellow. What do you suggest I paint the baseboards, and where do I start and stop?


Mavis

 

Dear Mavis;

    Generally I am an advocate of white trim. It always makes a room feel fresh and is a unifying factor throughout the home. If baseboards are small and uninteresting, you can continue the wall colour to the floor so that they blend in. If the baseboards are higher, 4 inches or more, you may choose to highlight this architectural feature. Traditionally, these are either stained wood or painted white or off-white. Alternately, paint the baseboards a darker, richer tone of the wall colour. 

Note: You can create height and interest to existing baseboards by adding moulding. Nail the new trim about one inch above what’s there, then paint the entire section including the space one colour so that it will appear to be one solid piece. Another simple and inexpensive alternative is to tape off one or two thin stripes above the baseboard over the wall colour you have chosen. Paint the stripes and baseboard white.
 

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