09:48AM | 10/01/02
Member Since: 09/30/02
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Hi, I need a professional opinion. We have natural oak wood floors, our walls are white, our furniture is navy blue leather with chrome legs. Are lamps are chrome with white shades. The trim on the ceiling and on the floors is white in the living room. We recently broke out some walls making the living room flow into the dining room and kitchen. We added trim to the top and bottom. They are close to the original design of the trim in the living room. Should I paint them white to match the other trim in the living room or should I stain them to match the natural oak floor?
The reason why I'm asking is that the walls are also white so that by painting them white, it makes me wonder why we have trim at all?


10:47AM | 10/23/02
Member Since: 10/22/02
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First off, my opinion is from just another home decorator, but I'm not a professional. I think white trim throughout the home is the most classic look. Often the walls are flat white, and the trim is a glossy white. Even though the finish (gloss vs. flat) is subtle, the details are noticeable and very rich looking. Good luck.


12:38PM | 10/25/02
Member Since: 10/15/02
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White as rich looking? ICK. White to me is cold and unfinished. Adding color in the way of stained wood work helps break up the white and that makes it look rich, not the other way around. white wals and woodwork, ICK.


04:06PM | 10/29/02
Member Since: 11/14/00
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You seem to be asking for "the rule," here, and there is no set rule to follow, only suggestions and opinions. I tend to prefer painting trim an accent color, especially if you have only one color paint in that room or area. Doing so can often be the unnoticed highlight that makes or breaks a color scheme. If you have different colored walls such that one wall is already painted an accent color, then it becomes less necessary to paint trim an accent color. Four or five different colors should be the maximum you use in a room unless you really know what you are doing or don't care if it looks gaudy.

Trim, however, is not there just to be painted a different color. It serves a purpose. It is there to hide the seams when carpet meets wall, wall meets ceiling, door jamb meets wall, etc. Without trim, your would have rough edges all over the place. Sometimes trim is placed in the middle of a wall to make a purely cosmetic transition, but along the edges of the walls, doors, and ceilings, it has a functional purpose. Trim thus is more of an easy way to cover seams than it is a decorative aspect that requires new color.

The upshot is that you can paint trim any complimentary color you want in any given room, or you can paint it the same color.

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