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Baseboards? Option 1 or 2?
mghncnnllyhpt
February 4, 2013 in Design Dilemma
We are remodeling the downstairs of our house. The new floor will be a natural shade of cork that has some great designs in it. The walls will be painted a pale grey as will the entire upstairs, which has original 1940 hardwood floor. The downstairs has a decent amount of natural light, but the ceiling is a bit low. The upstairs has white baseboards that are comprised of 3 pieces of wood all the way around. Overall, the decor of the house is industrial chic. The downstairs is a TV room, office and walk in closet/utility room. Question....which baseboard option do you think is better? 1) White baseboards to match the rest of the house or 2) Simple baseboards painted the same color as the walls.
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courtneysal82
Option 1
February 4, 2013 at 8:59PM     
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momsie8
I agree. Option 1 to match the rest of the house.
February 4, 2013 at 9:03PM   
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lefty47
HI --Option 2 - but only because it is the basement . If you painted the baseboards the color of the walls then that would help with the low ceilings look , and also painting the ceiling the same color as the walls. If you don't notice where the ceiling ends and the wall begins then you won't notice how low the ceilings are.
February 4, 2013 at 9:18PM     
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Melissa Doan - Weidel Realtors - New Hope
Gorgeous original floor and nice comfy carpet... spacious closet - great cozy space! I'd stay traditional with option 1. .. can't go really wrong with traditional.
February 4, 2013 at 9:36PM     
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Jayme H.
Option one...I like the look better and it will flow with the rest of the house.
February 4, 2013 at 10:05PM   
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princess_q
I would go with Option 1 because it will unite the upper and lower space. Doing something different shows that you did the house in stages.
February 4, 2013 at 10:15PM   
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JWinteriors
Option 1.
February 5, 2013 at 12:02AM   
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mghncnnllyhpt
Thanks for voting everyone! My initial thought was to do the white baseboards to match the rest of the house, but this space is very different. Upstairs has a vaulted ceiling with exposed beams. Also, I was thinking that the wall color, fixtures and decor would tie the house together enough. What do you think?
February 5, 2013 at 8:10AM   
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bojaby
II really like the idea of using the wall color for the baseboard, walls and ceiling. This will draw the eye up without any cut-off lines that would draw attention to the low ceiling. I am in the process of remodeling my basement and thank you for the idea. II have light grey walls through the upstairs and love it. I am sick of the tan, cream and taupe walls that are everywhere. Grey is a neutral and gives a very different feel to a room.
February 5, 2013 at 8:23AM   
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Jayme H.
Wide baseboard goes well in rooms like the pic u posted. I think either would work. I have a thing for wider trim...I have seen it used in new construction and think it just adds character to a room.
February 5, 2013 at 9:02AM     
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pitbulls
OPTION 1. PRETTY SPACE!
February 5, 2013 at 9:22AM   
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mobwife
option 1 and i wouldn't paint the ceiling the same color.
February 5, 2013 at 9:35AM   
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Dirt Digger
Since the area is completely separate from the rest of the house and the ceilings are low, go with baseboards painted the same color as the walls and do a white ceiling...white painted baseboards definitely do not say "industrial chic".
February 5, 2013 at 9:45AM     
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Paulson's Construction, Inc
Option 1
February 5, 2013 at 10:00AM     
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decoenthusiaste
Can you wait and see? I'd want to put a sample of each up and see what the visual effect is? Does it lower the ceiling to use white and draw a distinct line? Does the ceiling seem higher when all is painted the same? I think I'd do all but install the baseboard, to determine which is best.
February 5, 2013 at 10:03AM   
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Interiors International, Inc.
I guess 1 but your room moldings do not look or sound like industrial chic in the least.
February 5, 2013 at 10:10AM     
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lefty47
HI -- I see most of the comments are for the option 1 BUT seeing that the basement is very seperate - it does NOT need to be like the rest of the house . I have painted ceilings the same color of the walls and it looks great . It's a common trick if the ceilings are low or the ceiling line is not even or if it's a small room like a bathroom . I have done this in my basement and my main floor bathroom and my master ,and having the baseboards the same color as the walls is a more modern look. You can then have the industrial look with your furniture and not with the house features .Once you get your furniture in place , nobody is going to be looking at your base boards anyway and even less so if they don't stand out .If your space was an industrial loft or a modern house lets say , it would probably not even have baseboards .So try my ideas , and later if it doesn't look or feel right to you after a while , then you can paint whatever white . But I bet you will like it though ! Ceilings and trims now don't always have to be white - that's just old fashioned thinking .
February 5, 2013 at 11:06AM     
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judianna20
Option 2 because it is a basement; because it is more contemporary in feel.

February 5, 2013 at 11:13AM     
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mdm Design Logic
Option 1 - match the rest of the house. Baseboards are trim, which means they should be noticeable, not camouflaged.
February 5, 2013 at 11:16AM     
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mobwife
absolutely, i agree with mdm design logic
February 5, 2013 at 12:03PM   
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kmarsek
We have a small baseboard trim running throughout our modern townhouse, no window trim or crown molding. I originally thought to match the color to the walls, but then I'd have to repaint them anytime I change a room color. I want to avoid baseboards that become caked with paint. Also, we're using oil based paint on the trim, and I don't want to have to deal with oil paint if I decide to change a wall color. Therefore, we're painting the baseboards, door trim and doors Benjamin Moore White Dove OC-17 semi-gloss throughout. We're also painting the stairs. The only room that has a different color baseboard is our media room, which is painted a very dark brown. I thought it would look funny to have white dove baseboards in that room. It's the only room on the lower level, so I think it'll be fine.
March 5, 2013 at 8:47AM   
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Grace Reed
I know it's unusual, but I'm going to against the grain and vote for option 2 and lefty's suggestions. Plus, do I hear a hint of this being your preference also? Bottom line, do what makes you happy.
March 5, 2013 at 11:35AM     
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groveraxle
I think lefty nailed it.
March 5, 2013 at 11:57AM     
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