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Wood trim / door / cabinet color help!!
Nicki Garrett
February 16, 2013
So we are starting to redo our bathroom and bedroom, and before we can go much further, I need help with trim & the doors. We just refinished our bathroom cabinet and I love it! The granite looks good as well. The tile will be put up this weekend. Before I picked this color for the cabinets, I had been talking to my husband about painting all the trim in the house a white/off white color. So, I guess my question is, what about all the doors? Do I do them dark like the cabinets or light like the trim (that we are going to do)? The wood work in this house has been cared for and is in good shape, so my husband is having a hard time agreeing to paint the doors. What about around the balusters down the steps? I want the light trim to help lighten the house up. Thanks!!
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Carolyn Albert-Kincl, ASID
I would paint the doors and trim and baseboards white, but leave the stairs as they are.
1 Like    Bookmark   February 16, 2013 at 2:20PM
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Christine Bhe, Bhe Design LLC
If you truly want to lighten up, paint everything. If the doors are high quality solid wood and you can't convince your husband to paint them, staining them a dark color will update your look but you will need to do the frames and trim as well. Then, you may feel the need to repaint walls and lighten up other parts of your space. Either way, don't forget to replace the door hardware while you are at it. Good luck!
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Ironwood Builders
First time I disagree with Carolyn! I think the stained doors with white trim works fine. Paint the lower section of the stairs but leave the bannister stained. Practical reason for this is handling of doors and bannister happens constantly, whereas most people don't grab casings and jambs to swing around the opening (my son is an exception!). A darker stain will update the doors as will new hardware, but is not top of the to do list!
    Bookmark   February 16, 2013 at 3:27PM
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I agree with Carolyn.
1 Like    Bookmark   February 16, 2013 at 6:12PM
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Jayme H.
For the bath, I think the cabinet is too dark to work with the door...doesn't match well..I would do white at least there. But then u have the other side of the door to deal with, which then wouldn't match the trim outside the room??
    Bookmark   February 16, 2013 at 6:20PM
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Nicki Garrett
Okay, thanks for the comments. I really don't want to leave any of this "fantastic oak" color anywhere. I basically needed to know if I should go the really dark stain on the doors with white trim, or do all the woodwork white? I guess with the stairs I should do the darker stain? (Since I don't want three wood colors in the house.). Right? I'm willing to put the work into it. And the hubs will eventually do what I think looks best.
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Kari Palomo
I like contrast myself and have white doors, white moulding, and dark wood flooring. Here is a pic of white trim around a black door so you can get a feel for that option.
    Bookmark   February 16, 2013 at 9:14PM
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Tori Baker
Ok .... Professional advice!!! The look you are trying to achieve is clean!!! All doors, moldings etc need to be white!!! Your eye will get confused and it will look extremely choppy with dark doors! Your bathroom doors are not the focal pt of the room!!! Your cabinet is carrying the weight and focal pt! Use darker colors on front doors that make a statement!!! Trim work should follow the same color and style throughout the house!!!
    Bookmark   February 16, 2013 at 9:18PM
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Nicki Garrett
Thanks everyone. I will pick out a white and get going!
    Bookmark   February 17, 2013 at 9:05PM
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I agree with Carolyn and Kari.
My colors are very much like yours. Darker cabinets, somewhat lighter stairs, and all my trim (including doors) is Sherwin Williams Dover White. I think it looks great!
    Bookmark   February 17, 2013 at 9:15PM
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