Painting walls and baseboards

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Are walls and baseboards supposed to be the same color when painting the walls white? I heard that one or the other (don't remember which) is supposed to be a little darker. Which is to be darker, baseboards or walls? Both will be painted white or off white.
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  • Maria Gonzalez Maria Gonzalez on Jun 02, 2014
    El zócalo es mas obscuro.
  • Sara Sara on Jun 02, 2014
    Generally walls are to be darker, baseboards are to be lighter, but really it depends on the effect you are looking for. A burgundy trim against a white/light background can be majestic.
  • Donna Surich Donna Surich on Jun 02, 2014
    You can paint them or stain them any color that you like.
  • Michaela Edwards Michaela Edwards on Jun 02, 2014
    if you paint go with a high gloss on the trimming and baseboards. It make it look allot better and it is easier to clean up. :)
  • Jane R. Jane R. on Jun 02, 2014
    Thank you for the suggestions but this doesn't answer my question because I really want to know about the color. Are they supposed to be the same or slightly different in shade?
  • Jeanne Williams Jeanne Williams on Jun 02, 2014
    I paint my trim and baseboards the same color as my ceiling. I don't use ceiling paint on my ceiling. My dad painted a lot of rooms and always painted the trim a contrasting color. I think it just depends on what a person prefers
  • Jennifer G Jennifer G on Jun 02, 2014
    The color is really a personal preference, not a rule. Most people paint the trim a lighter shade than the walls. If you have very small floorboards (less than 2"), it's easier to paint it the same color as the walls and then paint the door trim, doors and window trim a slightly lighter shade. If you have larger floor moldings, paint it the same color as the rest of the trim. Hope this helps :)
  • Marion Nesbitt Marion Nesbitt on Jun 02, 2014
    Trim, whether baseboards or window trim, traditionally are not the same colour as the walls, and are generally lighter than the walls. Or to avoid the decision, install wood baseboards and stain - these will be darker, will complement any colour you use on the walls, and will help ground the room..
  • Maria Gonzalez Maria Gonzalez on Jun 03, 2014
    AyTraditionally the sockets in the lower part of the walls are colored more darkbecause its original function is protecting the part low wall of dirt, to be incontact with the ground or floor is more easy that they become dirty when it comes to passing the mop on the floor.udar a responder a esta pregunta ...
  • Jane R. Jane R. on Jun 04, 2014
    @ Marion N. Thank you for the help.
  • Jane R. Jane R. on Jun 04, 2014
    Yes and thank you.
  • Diana Deiley Diana Deiley on Jan 21, 2016
    Your choice. One suggestion: walls eggshell or satin, baseboards in semi gloss, but same color. Have fun. It's only paint.