Should Baseboards Match Door Trim Color?

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Has the time come for you to change up your door trim? Are you thinking of switching to white trim? Maybe you’re going to touch up what you already have with the same color!

Whatever your plan is, you may be wondering about the dos and don’ts when it comes to matching your door trim with other elements in your rooms.

Baseboards

If you’re not sure what a baseboard is, it’s typically made of a wooden or vinyl material. Its purpose is to cover the lowest part of a wall. This way, it hides the transition from the wall to the floor.

Door Trim

Door trim is also used to conceal something. Typically, door trim is used to conceal any aesthetically-displeasing gaps or mistakes that might have been made during the time of construction.

Make A Plan

Matching Colors

Although you don’t have to make sure that your baseboards match with your trim and any specific wall, it can make a room seem disjointed if your elements aren’t the same color.

If you want your house to feel classy and/or elegant, you shouldn’t feel free to go wild when it comes to choosing a paint color or looking into a trim style.

For this reason, most rooms and installation guides will recommend that you choose a white trim. Or that you choose a scheme that will allow for all trims to be the same color.

What Is the Aesthetic of the Room?

Although there isn’t a right or wrong answer when it comes to choosing the color and style of your baseboards and trim, deciding on a theme or aesthetic for your room can go a long way towards deciding a plan for you.

For example, if you’re shooting to have a room that looks like it would be a minimalist’s dream, you’re likely going to want to make sure that all the trim elements in your room are the same color.

This means that you must make sure that all the trims – window trim, door molding, crown molding, flat baseboard molding, etc. – are the same color so that they give off the same sense of design and pull the room together.

Alternatively, if you’re going for a more rustic or lived-in look that might feel cozy, you will have a bit more freedom when it comes to your design choices. You can truly make a statement by switching up the colors of the trim and each baseboard, but there are still limits to this.

Unless you’re truly trying to court chaos, you should probably stick to more neutral colors that won’t be searingly bright when people come to visit your house. You’d be surprised at how often you or your guests might look at each baseboard – if it’s a wild color, it can detract from the room’s aesthetics.

Another thing you must consider is the color scheme of the rest of the room. For example, if you have a very dark room, adding additional dark colors to the crown molding and the door trims can serve to make the room feel even smaller than it is.

Alternatively, if you have a dark color scheme and a dark door, adding a white trim or using a lighter color on the crown molding or the door casings will open up the room and make it seem roomier.

When it comes to choosing the best elements to work together, you have to prepare yourself to play the interior design game. You must look at your door frames, door casing, room’s accent color, baseboard style, and the shape of the room to help make your decision.

For example, if you have minimal features worth highlighting, you can do so by choosing specific colors. However, if you want the room to feel like a singular unit, you might end up going with basic white paint for your chosen paint color.

Styles

When it comes to choosing crown molding, baseboards, and door trim, you also must consider the best style for these design elements. Additionally, if you’re installing the baseboards, you should also consider what tools you have on hand if you’re up for the DIY task.

If not, you should seek out a certified professional to help you choose the best baseboards and door trim.

They can also help select different styles and different paint colors to make sure that whatever room you’re painting will match your personal taste and pull together your floor plan.

For example, if you have a house filled with small spaces, you might decide you want to use lighter colors for the trim and the door to make the crown molding match with everything else.

Using lighter colors and combining them with a darker aesthetic such as a dark wood flooring or oak flooring finish can open up the room and make it seem larger than it is. Dark colors tend to make rooms feel smaller and lighter colors tend to make them feel larger.

If possible, use a mix of all these colors in your rooms to make your house and rooms feel as big or small as you want. If this means that you have to switch your tile up with stained wood or if you have to consider getting a new door frame, there are options out there to help you make your rooms feel as perfect as possible.

You can make it even easier on yourself by trying to fit your new style with whatever flooring you already have – assuming that part of your remodeling project doesn’t involve redoing the floors.

When it comes to baseboards and trim, you can look into vinyl baseboard styles. These are types of wood trim that are sturdy and easy to install. Because this wood trim comes in so many styles and colors, you can find a version of it that will match your dream vision, no matter the color.

There are other baseboard styles as well, such as ones that have stained trim, oak trim, or other types of trim that will introduce high contrast into your room if that’s what you’re looking for.

The size of the baseboard can also be a style factor. Do you go for a mid-height baseboard or something taller? What height works best for your room when it comes to base trim? Are you trying to add or detract from a specific focal point?

You can also choose an aesthetic that profiles plain baseboard styles. Plain baseboards allow you to paint and customize them to chase your perfect image. (When it comes time to paint trim and install every baseboard, read our other article to make sure you’re prepared.)

House Flow

Another thing to consider is how all the rooms flow together. When it comes to choosing baseboards, styles, and coloring, you may not want to go from one room with muted colors to the next room if it primarily uses a bold color.

Vice-verse, you probably don’t want to paint every room to be pure white, as that will strip away any defining features and make your whole house feel like the same room.

Ask yourself if the trim needs to match the door in all of your rooms, in some of your rooms, or in none of your rooms, and start considering paint colors.

It’s a particularly good idea to have a plan in mind before you begin your project, else you might find yourself defaulting to making every wall a gross color that you might eventually hate.

Next Steps

There’s no right or wrong answer when it comes to deciding whether your baseboards should match the door frames, trim style, and other trim colors.

No matter the room – from the dining room to a generic sitting room – the best thing you can do for yourself and the aesthetics of the space is to come up with a plan and stick to it.

Then, select your paint and get to work. That trim isn’t going to paint itself!

Soon enough, you’ll have matched the wall, the floor, and every baseboard (or not, depending on what style you’re going for) so that each room is aesthetically pleasing.

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