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Do baseboards and window trim have to match?

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Initial post: Aug 5, 2009 7:12:26 AM PDT
Do baseboards and window trim have to match?

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 5, 2009 7:16:16 PM PDT
D. Burke says:

Depends--I don't think anything is absolute. We need to have room for creativity.

On the other hand, generally I think they do. I've never painted woodwork and window frames two different colors, nor can I think of ever seeing it done--though I'm sure it has been by someone, somewhere.


Posted on Aug 6, 2009 3:18:57 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 6, 2009 3:24:10 PM PDT
Matthew H. says:
Understandably, it isn't the norm. Just like D. Burke, creativity is everything! The only problem is: using two different colors splits the room - top and bottom, or bottom and middle. Baseboards and window trim allow for a great opportunity to add a little 'flare' into your room and usually join the windows to the rest of the room - rather than having them 'floating' in the middle of the wall. I would suggest, if you indeed decide to use two different colors, INSTEAD: use two different shades, rather than colors. For example - using a lighter vanilla for the window frame and a darker vanilla-chocolate for the baseboards(with a deep yellow-vanilla wall paint/wall paper.) The main key to decorating a room is to make everything flow. One someone walks into a room the first thing they usually see - are the windows. A nice transition(light vanilla and a dark vanilla for example) from the windows to the baseboards would be a nice combination - using a darker shade on the baseboard that is. The darker baseboard would attract the eye down ward. This is true with all rooms, but with every room it all depends on what you do with everything else. Just get some paint tabs, lay them in there respective places, with tape of course, and take a step back. Finally, I wouldn't suggest using completely different colors, especially if they don't compliment each other. Good Luck!

-Matthew Henchey

Final edit:
Just keep the two colors similar. If you stray to far apart, it may look silly. Like I suggested above, get some paint tabs - tape them to their respective areas - and step back. I could be wrong, it's all a matter of taste.
Good Luck and Have fun!!

Posted on Aug 20, 2009 1:25:33 PM PDT
Trisha Gray says:
Can you have wood window casings and have painted white trim?

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 20, 2009 2:36:49 PM PDT
Matthew H. says:
It all depends on the stain and type of the wood. For example - a cheap-looking wood with a white trim may look... well, cheap - not very fashionable. Unfortunately, white paint and dark mahogany wood don't really play well together, in my opinion. It tough, combining paint and natural wood. If it were up to me I would do both wood casing and possibly a different shade of wood trim. Try out a sample first, see how you like it.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 20, 2009 5:30:51 PM PDT
T.E. says:
Yes - uniformity of trim color in a room is more aesthetically pleasing and makes the room look larger. If not matched, your eye will always be looking at the difference in color.

Posted on Aug 22, 2009 11:59:04 PM PDT
H. Doherty says:
My husband is a master carpenter and says that while the actual trim (wood pieces) of the baseboard and window casings often don't match
in high end homes, the paint color is practically never different. However, you might have a situation where the window trim is hidden behind
the window coverings, so in that case it might not matter so much. Personally, I paint with a lot of bold colors but mostly have a "white" trim,
which is actually pure white semi-gloss with a couple drops of black added and mixed carefully. This still gives a dramatic contrast but is a little
softer (it's not enough to be grey).

Posted on Sep 3, 2009 1:18:59 PM PDT
I like the idea of wood window casings and white floorboards/crown molding. A natural wood cased window stained would be quite lovely. Think of all the possibilities, from natural oak (gloss or matte) to an espresso. WOW! And since it would retain it's natural wood feel it might make the difference in color feel more organic and make it flow better. :o) Have fun. Sounsd like a GREAT project.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 3, 2009 3:50:40 PM PDT
eclectricity says:
You could try doing the trim in the same color as the walls instead of white, then you wouldn't be introducing a third color (white, wall color, and wood). Not so busy that way. If you have contrasting painted trim in the rest of the room, though, I'd just paint the window casings to match the trim.

Posted on Sep 7, 2009 10:56:38 AM PDT
J. Toney says:
When I have seen this done, the baseboard has been painted the same color as the wall, and the trim was painted a contrasting color or white. Where it was done was in a room with high baseboard, such as you would find in a Victorian house, and they wanted to downplay the 8" high baseboard.

It would look very odd to paint the baseboard a color different than the walls, and have the window trim yet another color. As one poster stated above, it would be very distracting and cause people to focus on the differences in color.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 7, 2009 6:42:50 PM PDT
tasso pappas says:
We have done it in our old house and now in the basement of our new house.

In the old house it was a fun boys room with mid cherry stained natural wood large windows and nice wood trim with a white base board. The walls were divided horizontally with dark blue on the top 40% divided with red thin, blue medium thickness, red thing and fine white strip with a greenish on the lower half of the wall. Actually with the colors chosen in the prints and boys posters it all played well.

In our current house the upper and main floor all came with white trim for everything, but the basement has a more modern design

The doors and baseboard and door trim are all just like upstairs. But the windows have a dark brown jam with the white trim. This plays well with the dark brown large leather ottoman, dark brown entertainment stand, dark brown contemporary bookshelves, and dark brown leather chairs all offset with splashes of burned orange, and light blues in the pillows, throws and the glass on the chandelier in the bathroom.

Posted on Sep 11, 2009 6:25:50 AM PDT
lifeb4kids says:
Elements to consider: Window trim is eventually often covered by drapes or blinds.
There is nothing pretty about standard base moulding and it takes abuse. It also may abutt a base board heater of metal somewhere in the floor plan. To keep continuity, paint out the base trim to match floor or wall as to not draw attention to the two different materials, nor the scuff marks it will take. Another tip is if you have stained wood & paint on trim in the same room - it takes some trail & error with color matching but you can paint trim a wood tone. This becomes useful in a kitchen to coordinate with cabinets & gives a rich & harmonious look.

Posted on Feb 9, 2012 7:24:42 PM PST
Daisydo67 says:
Help! I live in an old house (1942) and have the original windows. They have beautiful stained wood trim around the windows... So, here is my dilemma. I'm thinking about replacing the windows with light tan vinyl windows...due to cost, I cannot afford a darker color upgrade. Will this look bad having a light tan vinyl window and the darker real wood encasing/trim?

Posted on Feb 16, 2012 6:20:34 PM PST
A. Vee says:
I'm in the same situation. Just renovated/skim coated our dining/living/kitchen. Havent replaced baseboards, door trim, door , window trim or windows yet. We want to do all that in one shot. We wanted a dark espresso wood stain on the windows...but that wont work with white window trim. So I wonder if a espresso stained window trim matching the wood floors and windows would go with a white baseboard throughout.


Think...Black Wood Windows, Black Wood Window Trim, Black Wood Floors, with white baseboard (walls/doors/door trim will be white...maybe walls painted a light shade of grey later)

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 7, 2012 11:33:56 AM PST
Kevin Clark says:
I can't say that I've seen dark wood trim with white/tan window sashes, but more often the opposite (dark wood doors and windows with white trim). I would strongly encourage you too look at wood windows that are clad on the outside. Marvin's "Integrity" line is a good and economical window, that is made of pine (I believe), but clad on the outside. This would allow you to easily stain the inside of the window dark to match your casing. We've got some good examples on our website:

Posted on May 7, 2014 2:19:21 PM PDT
i will be replacing windows through out the entire house,all the wood in the home includeing wood floors,cabinets,window trim ,built in's baseboards are all in natural oak.all the windows that are being replaced are custom and very large.I'm thinking of putting a dark mahogney stain on all the new window trim,but I am concerned that the rooms will look too busy with the differance in color instead of all the wood to be matching.has anybody done this or seen it done
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