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The Stained Wooden Trim Stays-16 Colours To Make It Work!



Pricey Laurel,

I simply discovered you on Pinterest. Nice boards. I used to be googling the most effective impartial wall shade with stained wooden trim and located you once more!

I’m determined. The contractors are coming Monday to restore the entire harm from many hellish winters in Massachusetts. The wooden is basically a medium oak stain in a Victorian in Brooklyn, NY inbuilt 1880.

My husband and I are getting a divorce, however I’m staying right here and need to make the place my very own. Lastly!


And no, it isn’t as a result of we fought over whether or not to paint the stained wooden trim or depart it stained.


I learn one other publish you wrote about stained wooden and laughed so exhausting as a result of this feels like my husband, soon-to-be-ex; what do you name yours? Wasband? haha! An excessive amount of, Laurel!

Really, I’ve come to love the wooden trim on this outdated girl, and many individuals have instructed me that portray it might be a mistake. However, I need to make this place wow. And BTW, I really feel so impressed by a few of your latest posts, significantly the one from the opposite day about Laura, who painted her music room, Jack Pine.


The opposite factor is that when the contractor gave me the quote to paint the entire stained wooden trim, I practically handed out. It made the whole job greater than double the worth. No can do!


It’s simply that the partitions are this type of bizarre yellow, and it’s not likely me, and it’s not wanting so nice with all of that wooden trim. However I need to really feel uplifted right here.

So I’ve my Benjamin Moore fan decks out, and in the event you may, perhaps level out a number of the greatest colours that may make my stained wooden trim sing!


Jackie Hardwood


Hey Everybody,

The observe is partly made up and partly not. However general, it’s based mostly on actual conditions.


On this publish, we’ll undergo a couple of issues concerning stained wooden trim and discuss a couple of colours. After which, I’ve made a chart for you of 16 of my favourite colours that look lovely with wooden trim.


After which, I put a tiny pattern of wooden subsequent to the chip on the chart to see how they give the impression of being collectively. Extra about that afterward.

The primary query many individuals have is:


How have you learnt in the event you ought to hold the stained wooden trim or paint the stained wooden trim?


That’s a superb query, and right here’s how I really feel about it. A lot of the time, it’s merely a matter of desire.

However, there are occasions while you shouldn’t paint the stained wooden trim as a result of the architect meant it to be stained. Plus, he’s a legend, like Frank Lloyd Wright, who’s well-known and deceased. And in the event you paint his pretty oak, he can be pressured to desert his grave and provide you with a giant whack throughout the knuckles together with his architect’s scale!


When you dwell in a house constructed by Frank Lloyd Wright, portray over the stained wooden trim can be like placing a mustache on the Mona Lisa. (Leonardo most likely would’ve preferred that.) ;]


The identical goes for a lot of architectural types corresponding to Arts and Crafts, AKA Craftsman Model, and typically Shingle Model. Though some Craftsman Model houses have been painted and nonetheless are.

Listed below are another causes you may want or have to hold your stained wooden trim



  • Just like the stained wooden trim.
  • Don’t prefer it however can’t be bothered to vary it.
  • Hate it however don’t need to spend the cash to repair it.
  • Your mom likes it.
  • Your husband likes it, and also you take pleasure in making him comfortable.
  • Or, your ordinarily candy husband turns right into a raving lunatic on the point out of portray the stained wooden trim!


Some issues aren’t value preventing over.


And, reality be instructed, I’ve softened my stance (slightly) about stained wooden trim vs. painted wooden trim, and this is the reason.


Though I invariably desire most issues to be painted, stained wooden trim CAN be lovely.


Now, let’s have a look at some examples of stained wooden trim vs. painted wooden trim.


Initially, trim, in the event you don’t already know, is something made out of wooden, together with window and door casings, crown moulding, baseboards, stair railings, panel mouldings, wainscoting, and cabinetry. Oh, and typically both coffers or beams within the ceiling.

Beneath is a New York Metropolis Brownstone. Fortunate Canine! I’ve seen these houses with stained wooden trim and painted as it’s under. I desire it painted on this case, however I’ve seen some lovely rooms like this with stained wooden trim that look pretty.



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The one under may be very heavy, nevertheless. I imply, I wouldn’t refuse to dwell right here, haha.



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Above is a painted Craftsman-style dwelling. Sorry, the unique supply is unknown.


Aesthetic-Interior-Columns-home-interior-design-Traditional-Entry-Burlington-Smith-and-Vansant-ArchitectsSmith and Vansant Architects

That is one other Craftsman by an architectural agency that I’ve lengthy admired. There is no such thing as a stained wooden trim apart from a door. And, that may be a authentic design determination. Often, within the nineteenth and 18th centuries, doorways have been stained a wealthy chestnut shade and never painted.


Nonetheless, under is a extra typical Craftsman-style dwelling that we regularly affiliate with stained wooden trim.



And this.

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Properly, okay. You’re proper. These are classic craftsman houses. Whereas I admire them, it wouldn’t be my desire.

If in case you have any one among these and also you’d like to color it, I don’t have an issue with that. If that you must hold the stained wooden trim, that’s cool too.

However, What If Your private home seems like this?




Or This?


That is true. When you dwell in a house constructed publish Battle and have wooden trim, you possibly can most likely paint it except it’s an ultra-modern home. And also you’ll most likely have to add extra mouldings for curiosity except the house is strictly within the fashionable type.


Getting the bones of the house proper is essential.

I promise you that you’re going to get the cash again on the house sale.


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The primary one feels unhappy to me. However, it’s additionally necessary to keep in mind that any comparatively plain, painted room gained’t absolutely come alive till the furnishings are again in.


Beneath is a superb instance of an outdated dwelling with lovely stained wooden trim and a turning into paint shade.


Atelier-Chesterfield-2Anthropologie (1)Frederick + Frederick

A beautiful kitchen with a mixture of stained wooden trim and painted cabinetry.


james-thomas-fabulous-library-stained-wood-trimJames Thomas

This dwelling with tremendous customized millwork can be one which I might not paint. Alterations

Attention-grabbing, above one room has stained wooden, and the one throughout is painted trim.


house-of-ruby-interior-design-portfolio-interiors-contemporary-craftsman-traditional-living-room-family-roomMelodie Rubin

The gorgeous colours and furnishings look nice with this stained wooden trim.


David Giral Photography - stained wood trim - Benjamin Moore Racing Orange red

A shade chances are you’ll not have thought-about however seems nice with stained wooden trim is a heat, wealthy crimson, like Benjamin Moore RACING ORANGE – 2169-10

In reality, many colours within the orange household look improbable with wooden trim. Right here’s a publish stuffed with nice orange colours.


Are you able to paint partitions white with stained wooden trim?



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Sure, I feel so. Though, I desire a extra basic moulding as Gil Schafer has in his beautiful brownstone.

Or, the superb Greek Revival dwelling of Gerald Bland in Dutchess County, NY.


Properly, Laurel, what if my trim shade is yucky, and I don’t need to paint it.


It is best to most likely seek the advice of with an expert, however they are able to go over the trim to deepen it. You possibly can’t lighten stained wooden trim, however it’s typically doable to make it a deeper, richer shade.

There’s a product by Minwax known as Polyshades. It’s stain and poly in a single. You may want two or three coats, nevertheless it may be value it to get the wooden wanting pretty once more. Nonetheless, in the event you can’t afford a professional, I might experiment first.


staircase-before-centsational-girl-wood-trimCentsational Woman took her staircase from this…



To this!

She didn’t use polyshades however another strategies that didn’t require whole refinishing. You possibly can learn extra about that within the hyperlink underneath the primary picture.


Let’s have a look at extra colours that look nice with stained wooden trim.


Really, most colours are acceptable. Cool colours with grey in them at all times look good. Many of the Laurel House Paint Assortment colours are terrific, with stained wooden trim.



This can be a awful photograph, however this could possibly be a really fairly room with the appropriate wall shade.


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I like that they painted the spindles white which provides fairly a refreshing observe to this dwelling.

The primary shade is…




There are such a lot of fantastic greens. You possibly can see a few of them right here and right here.


kitchen3blog-dark-wood-trimThe cupboards on this superb kitchen by Frederick + Frederick Architects look to be Benjamin Moore.

NANTUCKET GRAY HC 111 – which is a heat, very muted inexperienced.


Impressive-Wrought-Iron-Chandeliers-decorating-ideas-for-Dining-Room-Rustic-Smith-and-Vansanat-Architects-Shingle-style-Craftsman-Style-painted-trimSmith and Vansant Architects

Gold is one other lovely shade with wooden trim. A few of my favorites by Benjamin Extra are:



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STRATTON BLUE HC 142 is a pleasant gray-teal

It’s barely bluer than JACK PINE that Laura did in her music room.


One other glorious shade with wooden trim is a heat deepish brownish purplish shade. However not PURPLE! Certainly one of my favorites is ELEPHANT GRAY 2109-50. This can be a refined shade, and a shade that gives much less distinction seems elegant with the mid-tone stained wooden trim.


making-it-lovely-brown-wood-trimMaking It Pretty


FYI, the paint shade is Benjamin Moore BLACK BEAUTY 2128-10

BLACK?! LAUREL? With wooden trim?

Certain. Why not? It’s actually cool. When you don’t know the weblog above, please test it out. Her house is stuffed with wooden trim, and each room just like the one above is cooler than cool!



Picture By Bieke Claessens

A brown-black with a black ceiling! I’m positive that if I solely had one dwelling, I might by no means do that, but when I had 2 or 3 houses–undoubtedly!


breakfast+room.4.bp.blogspot-dark-wood-trimFrederick + Frederick Architects


The pale blue-gray is a refreshing change with this wealthy mahogany stained trim. Like it with the wicker, which knocks again the formality refreshingly.

This shade seems like Benjamin Moore SHORELINE 1471 that I’ve in my outdated rest room.


Beneath are 5 favourite and/or widespread wooden stains from Minwax.


Please observe that these are approximations of the colour because it’s stain, and relying on the colour of the person items, it could change the colour a good quantity.


Minwax Gold OakGolden Oak


Special WalnutParticular Walnut


Minwax Cherry Stain



Minwax English Chestnut StainEnglish Chestnut (my favourite)


Jacobean or dark walnut wood stainJacobean or darkish walnut.


Beneath is a graphic to avoid wasting to your Pinterest boards for reference. These are 16 of the 144 lovely colours within the curated Laurel House Paint/Palette Assortment that comes collectively in two volumes bought collectively.


16 Gorgeous Benjamin Moore Colors that will make you fall in love with your stained wood trim


A few of these wooden colours, in fact, are interchangeable. However, a number of the combos, I feel, are significantly good.


As for a way this all interprets into one’s dwelling?


Ahhh… there’s the rub. And I say this as a result of it’s not simply wall and trim shade that one should contemplate.

For this reason one must create a plan, and there must be a jumping-off level.

For Laura, her jumping-off level was wooden trim and a pipe organ. She instinctively knew that to make all of it work collectively, she wanted a hunky shade.

When you can’t work with a design skilled and don’t have already got my two-part paint information of 144 paint colours and 40 paint palette boards, and much more, you may discover it useful.



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