If a room has hardwood floors and baseboard molding, is it customary to
paint the quarter round toe kick the same color as the baseboard, or should
it be finished like the floor itself?
Or is it just personal preference?
Ah ha. That use of "toe kick" is confusing. Toe
kick usually refers to the space under a cabinet.
Yet the OP didn't say anything about cabinets and
asked if the quarter round should be the same as
the "baseboard molding." That two is confusing
since the proper term is just baseboard (it is
Anyway, since one doesn't normally use baseboard
in the toe kick area of a cabinet, the OP must be
talking about walls with a baseboard. If he were
talking about under a cabinet then quarter round
or base shoe the same as the flooring would be
The answer is that regardless of the number of
pieces and the names of the pieces used for the
floor trim, the pieces should all be finished the
same. Single piece baseboard is the most common
modern type, double piece that includes a "base
shoe" is probably more common that a double piece
that includes quarter round. Then of course there
are even more complicated wood trims that have at
least 3 pieces.
Actually, I probably should have said "shoe molding" (which is the quarter
round). And it is for walls, not cabinets. And there are actually three
pieces, the molding, and ogee cap and the quarter round shoe. Sorry for the
But then again, you should have said "too" instead of "two" ;))
Actually I did say too, my fingers just typed two;
my fingers often type homophones. Started about
3 or 4 years ago, age maybe, or the computer
switches it. I prefer the latter explanation. :)
However, shoe is a molding so the word "molding"
is redundant. But, shoe and quarter round are not
the same. Quarter round is a quarter of a round,
shoe is not, one flat edge is longer than the other.
The only style I have seen is q. round painted same color as baseboard.
It would be a little easier to paint that way - generally small gap
below quarter round that allows sliding something under it to keep paint
off the floor while you are painting.
Actually, they are the original 6" baseboards with ogee caps and hardwood
floor, circa 1920. A previous owner of the house carpeted over the floor
and up over the baseboards (believe it or not) to make a sort of "carpet
The carpet installer removed the original shoe molding to put the tack
strips down. Now that I'm liberating the original floors, I need to
re-install the shoe molding.
See, simple reason... <grin>
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