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keep wood door with white trim or stain everything
martha0425
February 13, 2013 in Polls
Have wood stain trim and doors with matching wood blinds throughout our whole house. Not a big fan of all the wood trim work but the doors are solid wood and don't have the heart to paint them white. Also don't, want to replace the matching wood blinds. Therefore wondering if a mix of white trim with wood doors look okay.
We tried it in our master bathroom and need opinions
white trim with wood doors
stained trim with wood doors
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Cheryl Hannebauer
Have you thought about painting out the trim & baseboards the same as your wall colour at all?
February 13, 2013 at 8:35AM     
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martha0425
No because we want to carry the same look throughout the house.
February 13, 2013 at 8:40AM     
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veganpaw
Paint the door white. There is something dingy and dark about all wood doors.
February 13, 2013 at 8:51AM     
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martha0425
I just hate doing that to a solid wood door. And if i do that i still have stained wood blinds on every window
February 13, 2013 at 9:34AM     
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onthefence
Those doors appear to be really beautiful and i agree about not painting them.
February 13, 2013 at 9:37AM     
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redheadedwmn
Love to hear input on this too... we are replacing all our old wood windows with white vinyl and will be doing all the window trim in white. Our doors are a honey oak color and honestly I just don't want to do the work to paint them all. So question is, is okay to have both? Wood doors/blinds with white trim??
February 13, 2013 at 9:43AM   
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Blinds Direct Canada
Agreed if you planning on keeping everything the same white is the way to go definitely you can never go wrong with white . You can add color in with other decor.
February 13, 2013 at 11:49AM   
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Interiors International, Inc.
I like it either way. Though it is less expensive to have painted trim. It looks like you have pre-primed trim.
February 13, 2013 at 11:55AM   
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martha0425
That's the crazy thing. We have all stained wood trim and doors. Therefore i m wondering if we are making the home look cheaper by painted the wood white? But once again the stained wood doesn't look great with dark flooring or some paint colors. So because we have stained wood blinds we were thinking of doing a mixture.
February 13, 2013 at 12:18PM   
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martha0425
Question for interiors international. Do you see or have done homes with white trim work with wood doors? Or is that something that is out dated?
February 13, 2013 at 12:22PM   
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Interiors International, Inc.
I have done them and quite recently. They are most definitely not dated.
February 13, 2013 at 1:04PM     
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martha0425
Thanks so much. Its just so hard to decide on this. I have to say I never seem this done in other homes.
February 13, 2013 at 1:25PM     
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kristaspada
paint the door black
February 13, 2013 at 1:37PM   
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Linda
I have done that recently in a house where portions of the house had painted trim and others had original antique woodwork. All the doors in the house are a dark stained 6 panel pine and no one has disliked it enough for any such comments to reach our ears. It's hard to get honest opinions out of people, face to face, but extreme opinions usually get to us through the grapevine.

I like the look. Painted white doors look great until the fingerprints, dirt spots, dents, dings and chips start to show up.
February 13, 2013 at 4:34PM     
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audrey1978
The doors look good I wouldn't paint them either
February 13, 2013 at 4:39PM   
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martha0425
Very true. Can you post some pictures so i can get more ideas.
February 13, 2013 at 4:41PM   
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SBT Designs
I would have the door architrave and skirting painted to match the wall colour in a 1/2 shade. It will have a more subtle and elegant feel to the room and make the door stand out as it's own feature.
February 13, 2013 at 4:42PM     
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wyndyacre
I like the solid wood doors left as is with white trim. I have doors done that way in my 1926 schoolhouse home. But my opinion is the trim could stand to be more substantial with that large of a door.
February 13, 2013 at 4:49PM     
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martha0425
Here are a few more pictures with the vanity
February 15, 2013 at 4:22AM   
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feeny
White trim with solid wood stained doors is a classic and very traditional combination. Our house, which dates from the 1920's, has white trim throughout with solid mahogany doors and stair rails. This is original to the house, and most of the colonial and georgian style houses in our 1920's neighborhood have this classic combination (the Tudors have wood trim throughout). Of course, it is also fine to paint your doors to go with the trim or in black as a contrast. It's entirely a question of what you feel will look best with the style of your house and your furniture as a whole.
February 15, 2013 at 4:29AM     
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n247080
I'd at least switch out the door knobs for something that blends more subtly with the doors.
February 15, 2013 at 4:39AM   
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DIAspoton
use a high quality dark wood furniture polish on the doors. live with them that way throught the seasons with the resulting changes in light and mood. you can always paint them next year if you don't like the look. throw a big white bathrobe or towel on the hook to break up the block of brown.
February 15, 2013 at 4:40AM   
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martha0425
Thats a great idea with the towel or robe. The doors are just stained without a clear coat on them. If i use the polish would that make streaks on the doors?
February 15, 2013 at 5:54AM   
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martha0425
Our home is more contemporary/ modern open concept style. Maybe the white and stain combination doesn't work in our home since it seems from other comments its more in traditional homes?
Any thoughts
February 15, 2013 at 5:58AM   
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norgor
If you and the folks you care about like it, is correct.
February 15, 2013 at 6:08AM     
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mameyerc1972
I have the same situation. I am thinking about gel staining my doors a walnut color with a nice bronze handle
July 4, 2013 at 5:30PM   
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diyher
we had solid wood doors we bought for our previous house. I stained and varnished all of them just a bit darker and warmer color than what Martha posted. At the time, we also replaced all the woodwork since it was the cheap clamshell. It looked great. Unfortunately that was 1990, and in 1995 sold our house. But all that work paid off because it sold quickly with that being one of the features. I wish I could at least do the stained wood doors in this house, but with 15 inside doors, closets etc, it would be a lot more pricey than our previous house with only 6 doors to replace.
July 5, 2013 at 10:23AM   
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