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Do baseboards and window trim always have to be white?

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drewald

Hi again, I repainted my kitchen with pics in here but colors were Alexandria Beige for the walls and cupboards Manchester Tan.Right now my living room/dining room combo L shape (small) is in a creamy yellow.  It goes "ok" with the kitchen but I wanted to bring to a warmer tone.  Currently are baseboards are the original wood about 4in high, then same wood trim around the windows, and french door.  We had a new large window replaced and that trim and window ledge went, so I have raw wood waiting to be painted, but I don't know what to do?I'm not ready to paint the walls yet as one of the windows may need to be re-installed (different window contractor!) so I don't want the walls messed up!  Here's a couple of pics to give you an idea, oh, should mention, that this is before new window....no sheers now, ugly buffet is gone so furniture moved around a bit differently.                     Not showing the right color of course looking beigy to me but it's more yellow.  Thanks!   

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BellaMella

Crown Moulding is generally the same colour as your baseboards. However if it's the same colour as the ceiling, you are able to do the baseboards and the trim around the window and doors a different colour without offsetting the balance of the room.So you don't have to paint them out if you don't wish too.If you're still not sure you can always paint everything else and live with it for a day and if you don't like the way it looks you can paint them.Hope this helps :)

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drewald

Thanks so much for all the input, the walls are going to be repainted somewhere in the taupes family.Just to clarify when you're referring to painting the trim different, (perhaps in that Manchester Tan) is that pertaining to the curved moulding as well?

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BellaMella

You definitely don't always have to match everything. I'm finding that more people are starting to venture outside of the box and are getting more adventurous.  If you want things to stand out more you need to create contrast.  White will always be a classic look for trim and going darker on the wall makes them stand out that much more by creating definition, but you can also go the other way and make your trim darker for a change.The manchester tan is still fairly light and is a definite possibility for your trim, it may end up looking a little grey compared to the yellow on the walls. I may do a sample on a spare piece of wood or cardboard. Do two coats and let it dry then hold it up to your walls.Good luck !

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drewald

I'm wanting to go along the taupe lines for the living room/dining room, and I believe I have enough of the Manchester Tan to do the trim, if that's not too dark?So, the molding has to be the same color as the ceiling then?  Was just painted 3 yrs ago, ceilings are such a pain.Thanks so much for your input!

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drewald

I don't know what happened to these two pictures being so far apart, sorry about that!  I tried to edit but there's no option.Also I forgot to ask, after looking at the pic, about the curved molding at the ceiling, ceiling is white and obviously so is it, does it have the molding have to be same color as the ceiling?Looking forward to your ideas, as always!ThanksDonna

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