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Old 11-20-2011, 09:24 PM
 
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Default Should quarter round match walls/wainscotting or floor?

We've had hard wood flooring installed in our kitchen, along with quarter rounds. There are some places in the room that are wainscotted, and some where the quarter rounds are against regular wall moulding - plus cupboards that are a honey oak. Walls are white, wainscotting dark green. Should my quarter rounds be painted/stained for all three different uppers, or to match the floor?

Thanks,
Denise

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Old 11-21-2011, 05:54 AM
 
Location: Atlanta, GA
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It's been my experience that most flooring companies will stain the quarter round to match the floors unless you specify otherwise. I personally request that they paint them white to match the baseboards just because I feel like it gives a bit more weight to the baseboards that way (otherwise the stained quarter round makes the baseboard look smaller). It's all about aesthetics and if you have 3 different colors you may want to stain the quarter round to avoid weird transitions.
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Old 11-21-2011, 08:12 AM
 
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It's been my experience that most flooring companies will stain the quarter round to match the floors unless you specify otherwise. I personally request that they paint them white to match the baseboards just because I feel like it gives a bit more weight to the baseboards that way (otherwise the stained quarter round makes the baseboard look smaller). It's all about aesthetics and if you have 3 different colors you may want to stain the quarter round to avoid weird transitions.
I do the same thing. I think having the quarter round white to match the baseboards looks really great. I have an older house (1930s Arts & Crafts) which has about 6" wide baseboards + a trim so the quarter round really dresses it up. Although I have noticed that when the newish-wood floors (engineered or laminate) are put down, the quarter round typically is wood that matches the floor.
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Old 11-21-2011, 09:31 AM
 
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You want to leave to quarter round clear, or stained to match the floors.

Why?

Because if you paint it white, it will show every scuff mark when a shoe or vacuum bumps against it--leaving a little black smudge.

BTW, that quarter round is also called 'shoe molding'...for a reason: so your shoes don't leave a scuff mark on the baseboard.
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Old 11-21-2011, 03:26 PM
 
Location: Johns Creek, GA
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BTW, that quarter round is also called 'shoe molding'...for a reason: so your shoes don't leave a scuff mark on the baseboard.

No, QR is not shoe molding. And shoe molding is not QR. They are two very distinct millwork trims.
QR
QR
Shoe mold

QR is just that- a quarter(1/4) of a circle- notice the profile difference of the shoe mold.

I always did site-finished HW floors in my houses and the shoe mold was oak, and stained to match the floors. It holds up much better than paint grade- doesn't get banged up, chipped, and gouged.
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Old 11-21-2011, 03:30 PM
 
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You beat me to it!

The two are definitely NOT the same.
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Old 11-21-2011, 04:31 PM
 
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Thank you all for your responses.

I will be staining all quarter round to match the floor. I only wish our contractor had done this for us, then I wouldn't have been trying to figure it out!

I agree that it would look better to have the quarter round match the baseboard, but three different colors would be too wierd. That has been my dilemma.

Thanks again for all opinions - great forum!
Denise
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Old 11-21-2011, 05:44 PM
 
Location: Lexington, SC
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I have always had floor moulding painted the same color as the walls including the shoe moulding over hardwood floors.

Well low and behold in my past home sale two "visiting agent" comments were floor moulding and shoe moulding should be painted white regardless of hardwood floor nor wall color.

"de gustibus non est disputandum"

There is no sense in disscusing/disputating taste...or..to each their own....
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Old 11-22-2011, 07:23 AM
 
Location: Johns Creek, GA
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I have always had floor moulding painted the same color as the walls including the shoe moulding over hardwood floors.
I have seen that in the past- walls are flat, crown and base are high gloss. In certain scenarios I think it looks great. Of course, "today's" standard is white. May not always be right- but it's white!
...two "visiting agent" comments were floor moulding and shoe moulding should be painted white regardless of hardwood floor nor wall color.
Why can't RE agents just sell- and leave the design/decorating to the designers and decorators?
Vini Vidi Vici
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Old 11-22-2011, 07:45 AM
 
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[quote=K'ledgeBldr;21809480]No, QR is not shoe molding. And shoe molding is not QR. They are two very distinct millwork trims.
QR
QR
Shoe mold

QR is just that- a quarter(1/4) of a circle- notice the profile difference of the shoe mold.

I always did site-finished HW floors in my houses and the shoe mold was oak, and stained to match the floors. It holds up much better than


Yes, you are absolutely correct...but, the effect is the same, regardless of which profile is selected.
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