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Forum topic by Casey Jones posted 02-17-2014 12:17 AM 956 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Casey Jones

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02-17-2014 12:17 AM

I’m building my first built-in bookcase into an office. The bookcase will not be painted the same color as the trim in the rest of the room (bookcase is dark grey, trim is a tan color), and I’m having a hard time conceptualizing how to integrate and/or terminate the trim in the room (the room has no crown or baseboard yet) so that it looks good given the room shape. I’m going to do a 4” cove piece of trim on the bookcase up top and a 4” beveled baseboard trim on the bookcase bottom. The builder’s trim for the rest of the house is 6” crown with a 10” baseboard, and I’d like to use the same in the office if possible for consistency with the rest of the house.

My thought was to go wall to wall left to right on the cove and base trim for the bookcase. Then for the 6” crown and 10” baseboard for the walls, terminate with a right angle just outside the entry corner that the doors open into. This way I won’t be integrating mismatch trim sizes and colors between the walls and the built-ins. But I’m not sure if that will look good or not. I suppose another option would be to change the design of the bookcase so that it’s not floor to ceiling, although I’d love to keep the original design if possible.

I’d appreciate any guidance from trim carpenters or cabinetmakers who do this every day. If the images attached aren’t descriptive enough of what I’m looking for advice on, I am happy to send you the Sketchup file which is to scale. Also if it helps, bookcases are 163” wide, 20” deep at the center, 108” tall (floor to ceiling). Thanks in advance for any help.



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Kryptic

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#1 posted 02-17-2014 12:53 AM

Dont complicate it. Run the same crown around the whole room, including bookcase/desk.

And get rid of those silly lights

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#2 posted 02-17-2014 01:03 AM

Kryptic, lights were chosen by interior designer (two independent designers from different firms), so are staying. If I do the same trim around the entire room, I—a) have to use the smaller trim that the bookcase will use which makes the office trim different from that of the rest of the entire house, or b) have to use the larger trim that’s in the rest of the house on the bookcase and I give up a massive amount of storage space on the bottom due to the 10” base (and I have to scrap my face frames and drawer fronts that are already completed). I want to use matching trim only as a last resort.

If I were to match the trim, what do you suggest I do about the paint color difference? That’s something that absolutely can’t change. I think it could look really strange terminating one line of dark grey trim from the bookcase into tan trim around the rest of the room.

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#3 posted 02-17-2014 01:14 AM

You can put 20 people into a room, give them 2 options, and the majority will pick the wrong option, just look at congress : )

Put fillers at either end of the bookcase/desk, have the tall baseboard butt up to, and die into it.

I have been in many a multi million dollar home, and often, the office, is both painted differently in colour, and the trim is wood, and not painted but stained and visa versa.

Good Luck

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