My h and I just went to contract on my dream home in Philly. It was built in the late 19th century. You know… charm to burn with super high ceilings, fireplaces and these amazingly gorgeous windows with really dark wood trim.
Here’s the problem. I’ve been trying to plan colors and BTW, I got your new paint collection and the palettes with the boards and boy is it ever fantastic! But what I noticed is that nearly every board has painted trim. That’s fine. That’s what I want.
Well… the other night, I was showing h some of my ideas. In our past home, he let me do whatever I wanted and was happy. When I told him that we had to paint the dark horrid trim, all of sudden, he was very unhappy.
No wait. That is a tremendous understatement. We had one of the biggest fights we’ve ever had and believe me, we rarely argue. He’s normally a very sweet, kind man. But, he was adamant that we are not to touch the trim.
It’s soooo dark and I want light and lovely– airy and not that much contrast between the trim and walls. In addition, there’s one room, where the entire thing is brown. It’s definitely a library or office.
I just don’t want to live in my dream home that’s marred with the darkness of wood trim.
Oh, and I’ve looked a bit at homes of our vintage and I see plenty with painted wood trim!
I don’t need to have every room be white or light, but I just want my home to be bright and fresh looking.
If you could write a post about this, that would be great. I’m not expecting free advice.
PS: I have looked online for some ideas and everything I came up with was pretty bad.
It’s the day after the election and all I can and will say on the blog is that I am very grateful that I had this post to write. And I’m grateful for all of you!
Faye’s problem is one I’ve heard over and over.
If you missed the above, I have written about paint colors that look great with stained wood trim. And here’s what’s funny. I too, struggled (at first) to find some photos online that weren’t already in that post!
But, with time, I found some wonderful interiors with many examples of gorgeous rooms with wood trim.
Before I get to them, though… An interesting question was raised in Faye’s note.
Can you, should you paint stained wood trim, especially in a late 19th century historical home?
As far as I’m concerned, sure, why not? It’s wood. It’s historically accurate to paint or have the wood stained. Although, in Victorian times, the stained wood was more popular.
It’s a fact of genetics, (sweeping generalizations aside) men LOVE stained wood. It’s not that they don’t like painted wood. It’s my experience that once it’s painted, they like that too. But wood that’s already stained needs to stay that way.
I see it as a change of color. It’s like saying that all trim needs to be white and if you paint it some other color, it’s sacrilege.
Of course, you are free to disagree with me and yes, there are some situations where it’s probably better to leave the wood trim in it’s stained state.
So, let’s just jump in here. Most of these photos are from homes built in the 19th century or at least look like they are.
But this first one is more of a craftsman style home. I think the white looks very fresh here. But the room does get a good amount of light and the photo is a little over-exposed. That’s cheating, but what can you do? lol By the way, please check out the link above. This home is very pretty!
I love the simple furnishings and black chairs which look very stylish here. Mixing in a modern pendant is just the right touch for this style.
Sometimes, the mouldings and doors are a combination of painted and stained.
Above and below, the wonderful work of Sheila Bridges. I love the combo of the painted mouldings with the stained doors and light gray walls.
One of my favorite rooms ever by the immensely talented Barbara Westbrook for the Atlanta Symphony Showhouse 2014. I hope that mural is removable!
From the same showhouse by John Oetgen. Fabulous windows!
And another showhouse bedroom from Tish Mills.
Layering and drapes softens the wood trim so that you barely notice it.
Love this blue and white toile wallpaper with the stained wood trim.
Originally from My Domaine, but there’s a lousy ad (grrrrr) covering up the images, so easier to see below.
This photo and the next three are from an amazing home in Brooklyn, NY.
How fabulous is this kitchen? It reminds me of an old-fashioned apothecary.
Love how the wood trim cuts through all of the cool elements in this wonderful bathroom.
I like how they chose a deep gray shade which is great for a change. Very handsome!
While this is a gorgeous home, I have to admit that here, I would prefer it if just the front door was stained and the rest painted. Another option is to paint the walls a color so that the wood trim isn’t so prominent.
In this wonderful home, the wood trim is distinctly part of a dark chocolate-brown and white color scheme.
If the trim is a little lighter, then the walls can be a medium tone that also helps the mouldings to blend in more.
This room doesn’t have stained wood trim, but the over-scale mirrors do. I love how they expand the room and bring in a lot of light.
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