Should baseboards match floor?

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Q: I’m installing a cherry bamboo floor. Should the baseboards match the floor?

A: Not necessarily. I would paint the base and possible quarter round. It gives a nice contrast and doesn’t look like the floor is climbing the walls.

Webmaster’s note re should baseboards match floor: You can compare the somewhat old fashioned look of matching the two: https://www.google.ca/search?q=wood+baseboards&hl=en&prmd=imvns&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X
with a more modern painting of baseboards: https://www.google.ca/search?q=painted+baseboards+wood+floor&hl=en&prmd=imvns&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X

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