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Quarter Round / Base Shoe

Should the qrt round base shoe match the base trim or the floor?

A. Spruce
Re: Quarter Round / Base Shoe

Personal choice, IMHO if the base is painted, the shoe should match the floor. If the base is also a natural wood (but a different species or stain color), then it should match the base. In sweeping, vacuuming, and mopping the floor, you'll scuff and scrap the painted base/shoe with whatever implement you're using. Clear coated woods generally don't scuff and mark as easily as painted surfaces.

Re: Quarter Round / Base Shoe

{Golly gee, go out of town for a while and you become a newbie!!}

I personally agree with Spruce, I think that a quarter round that matches the floor gives an elegant look.

Be careful though if ordering the quarter round prefinished from the maker of the flooring. Ask to see a sample before you order. If you go oak, cherry, walnut, etc, they all have perfectly matching quarter round, trim, and threshhold pieces. Trying to be a bit trendy and try something in flooring more colorful, more currently vogue? BEWARE...select a bleached beech, or a silver maple? Order the prefinished quarter rounds sight unseen and what you will get from some manufacturers is prefinished WHITE clad! Sure, it's a nice tight finish but if you were not planning on having a white baseboard, it can be quite a surprise!

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