Is it OK to have white & oak baseboards in the house? How do you make a smooth transition in an open design?

Question by RMB: Is it OK to have white & oak baseboards in the house? How do you make a smooth transition in an open design?
Our foyer, hallway, & dining room have oak baseboards and oak trim around the doors and the door frames. The problem is the house is an open design so the hallway goes into the kitchen and family room, sharing one of the walls. The baseboards and trim in the kitchen and family room are white. I want to keep the white baseboards in those rooms but I like the oak in the other rooms. Would white baseboards look OK butting up against oak door frames? If not, is there a way to make a smoother color transition on the shared hallway wall where oak goes into the kichen corner where the trim is white?
If I paint the trim around the door, would it look OK to leave just the door frames/jamb oak?
Any suggestions or ideas would be appreciated. I’m going to be putting in a new floor and when I put baseboards back up I want to do it right the first time.

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Answer by chiara
We have white walls and an open space concept as well. The exact same situation you describe. We opted to install white base boards where needed and we painted all the doors and frames white..or replaced existing ones with white ones. Our solution was much more expensive than leaving wood doors, frames, baseboards etc., but the final effect was very nice and well worth the money.

Note: We had professional painters work with all the wood and they removed each piece, door, baseboard etc. and did all the sanding, priming and painting with appropriate “type” paints.

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One Commentto Is it OK to have white & oak baseboards in the house? How do you make a smooth transition in an open design?

Is it OK to have white & oak baseboards in the house? How do you make a smooth transition in an open design?
  1. samanthad86 says:

    Our house is over 50 yrs. old and the doors are left unpainted (oak) and the baseboards and trim are painted white, we also have hardwood floors that we refinisihed. I never really noticed the different contrasts until we started doing work on our house- we just had our kitchen redone, we knocked down a wall and added a bar with granite counter tops, new cabinets and wanes-coating with trim around the bar and entrance way to the kitchen which we left unpainted. Then, we painted the floorboard along the bottom of the bar to tie in with the rest of the room and put up crown molding and paint that the same color as the ceiling. I think now it all blends well.

    I can send you a picture if you are interested in seeing it to get a better idea of what you may be looking for. As far as painting the trim and leaving the doors oak- I think it works well in my home and maybe it would in yours too :o)

    Good luck with everything, I know remodelling and updating your home is hard when you can’t really see it before doing it.

    Samantha.

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