I am in the process of installing new cabinets in my bathrooms.
At first, I was going to put in opal oak (also called bleached oak)
as that is what I have now.
I had a cabinet maker here today, and he said I should upgrade (opal oak
is out of style now)by installing oak cabinets, as the cost would be the
same. He also said he is installing different woods in different rooms
of high end homes. I have always thought it looked best to have the same
wood cabinets throughout the home.
If I go with oak cabinets, will my white baseboards look fine, or do I
need to change those to oak as well?
Thanks for all feedback.
In a bathroom, I'd be inclined to use faux wood baseboards. The stuff
made from sawdust and old pop bottles, painted same color as the walls.
The real stuff soaks up the floor-level moisture, and seems to be the
first place the finish fails. If your existing white baseboards are in
good shape, I'd leave them be. Putting base and shoe behind the toilet
is a PITA, unless it is out anyway.
Unless there is a major color battle going on, nobody but you will even
notice them. Baseboards are a non-reportable event. Quiz your friends
after they come out of there- odds are they won't even be able to tell
you the color, or painted vs. woodgrain.
But I'm a guy, and therefore have no interior decorating style or skills.
The quotes around the term are deserved. Most 'pro' interiors I see
pictures of in magazines and sunday supplements look very annoying to
me. I think interior decorating is much like fashion design- the 'name'
people mostly make it because people/sheeple (mostly female) are
conditioned to think that is stuff in magazines is what to strive for,
and if their is something they wouldn't do, well, the artiste must be
smarter than us.
I'm more of a form follows function kind of guy. Anything that does the
job, without extra frippery that drives up costs for no added
functionality, is what scores best with me.
Nothing wrong with keeping the white if you like it. As for different
woods in different rooms, I have different woods in the same room. IMO,
there is nothing sacred about mixing and matching of nice woods.
You can't go wrong with white.
I just ceramic-tiled a bath and had a mess of tiles left over.
What the hell.
I used an angle grinder and masonary wheel to cut the left-over tiles into
six-inch strips, glued them to the wall, and grouted the gaps. Looks
Tile looks nice as a baseboard.
All this time I thought I was the only person with tile, instead of
wood or MDF.
My entire home _is_ tile as a baseboard. Various colors, sizes, etc.
The bride calls it the Tuscan look.
Best part is I did not have to install baseboard. The tile guy was
I like the way the linoleum floors in hospitals and doctors offices curve up
at the walls and go up about 4 inches. Then have a metal edge on them.
Seems to me that would be easier to clean. Plus I would bet that would
irritate your home decorator to no end if you suggested it! (If you just
want to have a bit of fun...) Like this...
Back in the 80's I worked out in the Central Pacific for a contractor
that bought potable housing units that were manufactured in Australia.
The seamless vinyl floors had a distinct curve up the walls in a tub
like manner. I assumed that the designers knew that construction workers
drank a lot and tracked mud into their housing. The living
quarters were built that way so they could be hosed out whenever a
drunk slob barfed all over the place. 8-)
Worth saying again-- it's your house, Kate.
Reminds me of the time 40 years ago when the mason showed up to build
us a brick hearth. 'How do you want the joints raked' he asks my
wife and shows her several choices. She asks how it would have been
done in colonial times, as that was her 'deco' goal.
"Well, ma'am, the mason would come out, show the lady of the house the
choices and she'd pick the one that pleased her."
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