(Closed) New house dilemma

posted 9 years ago in Home
  • poll: What to do?

    Keep the wood!

    Paint the trim white!

  • Post # 17
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    I think you should definitely paint it. It makes the house look a bit dated as is.

    Post # 18
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    I would stain it darker, rather than painting it. Wood is so beautiful naturally, and honestly, it looks more expensive in my opinion. I’ve never thought wood looked cheap.

    I would stain them a different color or shade perhaps, but let the grain show! Or, I would paint the walls a different color. I agree with a PP that it just looks muted right now. Washed out.

    Post # 19
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

    I’d paint it white. It’s similar to the wooden trims we have around the house, but ours is thinner. I’ve been meaning to paint it but just haven’t gotten around to it.

    Post # 20
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    keep, stain darker, and do a creamish color onthe walls

    Post # 21
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: August 2011

    I would definitely paint it white and do a cool, light color on the walls, (like a very light gray or mauve).  If the space was bigger you could get away with staining it darker but I think that will close in the walls.

    Post # 22
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

    I think painting white will flow better with the ceiling and make it open. I used to live in 1920s apt with crown molding painted white and loved the look. Agree with pp the wood trim makes it dated.

    Post # 23
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2011

    I agree with many of the other PP; paint it white.  IF the trim were original 1940’s trim and nice and wide, it would probably look lovely.  This, on the other hand, looks very 1995 to me.  

    Post # 24
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: November 2006

    We swapped out all the wood trim and cabinetry in our house for white enamel. It makes every room look so much crisper and not “death by oak,” as my neighbor once said. (Nice, huh?) It’s so ’90s!

    Post # 26
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    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    We had the same problem with our house.  Some of the rooms had the trim painted already, and the rest that didnt we left the natural wood since its so hard to go back.  I tired to pick wall colors that look really nice with the wood trim – sage green looks great with it.

    With the grey though, white will definitely look better with it imo.  I did a grey blue in the master bedroom and left the trim wood… i REALLY want to paint it white but hubby doesnt want to.

    Post # 27
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2010

    It seems like wood trim is coming back into style (and white is going out), so I’d keep it! I’d paint the walls something else though – a nice light tan or a sage green. I’d stain them a little darker though… medium-wood is kind of outdated.

    Post # 28
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: May 2010

    @Lorge28: Hi Lorge!  I’ve missed you!  I’m so happy to see pictures of the new house! 

    We also purchased a home with wood trim, slowly we have been working to transition to white trim.  Instead of painting the trim though, we actually are just putting new trim down.  The cost is a bit more, but we had really cheap 3″ baseboards that didn’t have much style and were pretty basic builder grade from the 80’s.  We put down new 5″ ones when we put in hard wood floors and it has totally changed the look and feel of the room!  

    If you do paint, I would suggest trying to find a painter to do it for you!  Its a pain and a lot of detail work! 

    Post # 29
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: May 2010

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    @Lorge28: Also, we used a paint color from Lowes called Victorian Creme or somethign like that.  Its very close to white (no yellow) but not so bright white that all the dirt shows!  

    Post # 30
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    Definitely paint the trim white as it will look more updated. You can always add crown moulding and paint the walls a warm grey colour! Instant update!

    Post # 31
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: March 2010

    OMG don’t paint it! It looks beautiful with your floors, doors, baseboards, and honestly, I think if you just change the wall color you’ll love it.

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