Mixing Painted Wood With Stained

January 22, 2013

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Are you looking for ways to update your home’s stained trim and doors? Have you felt at a loss on how to work with your stained trim to refresh and update your home’s look?

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Have you ever thought of painting your crown molding or baseboard white or cream and leaving your doors and windows stained?  I have seen quite a few beautiful rooms where both the stained trim and white painted trim are used together:

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That room above is gorgeous, isn’t it? A modern, rustic look. It looks so cozy and comfortable as well as updated and fresh.

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I think the new look may be the solution for a lot of homeowners that are tired of their stained look but do not want to paint all of the woodwork:

The most common combination of the two I see is a stained door and/or window with painted crown molding and/or baseboard:

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Other creative ideas I have seen is painting the trim another color than white:

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Or leaving just the door stained and painting everything else:

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I think that dark stained doors work well with a painted trim, as long as the stain is consistent with the rest of the wood work in the room. For example, if you are mixing different wood materials (doors, beams)  the stain should be matched to look the same.

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Do you have to repeat the same look throughout the home? If the rooms are open to each other, I would say yes, the baseboards, doors and crown moldings should be the same. If not, I would start with one room or a hallway and see how you like the look to determine if you want to continue in other rooms.

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Do you like the look of the stained with the painted trim? Have you tried combining the two finishes in a room? I think we will be seeing a lot more rooms with the combination of the two!

I would like to thank Houzz for this amazing collection of pictures.

 

104 comments

  1. Hi Kelly,
    My 2 story colonial style, built in late 90’s, home has all oak trim, kitchen cabinets, doors and front door. Hardwood floors in same color in Family room, Kitchen and Hall. It is a warmer, orange-ish color stain. Wood plantation blinds in same color as oak on all windows. Paint color on main floor is a warm tan color. Furniture is brown leather with accents of blue, green, cream and a little pop of orange.My question: I want to put trim on flat panel doors and will probably need to paint them. What color would you suggest? Cream or a couple shades lighter than wall color or should I do white? The hardware will likely be bronze. PS I have been toying with painting the main level, LR and DR Behr Sage Gray and the Hall, Family Room and Kitchen Behr Granite Boulder. Thank you for your help!

  2. Hi Kelly,
    My 2 story colonial style, built in late 90’s, home has all oak trim, kitchen cabinets, doors and front door. Hardwood floors in same color in Family room, Kitchen and Hall. It is a warmer, orange-ish color stain. Wood plantation blinds in same color as oak on all windows. Paint color on main floor is a warm tan color. Furniture is brown leather with accents of blue, green, cream and a little pop of orange.My question: I want to put trim on flat panel doors and will probably need to paint them. What color would you suggest? Cream or a couple shades lighter than wall color? Or should I do white? The hardware will likely be bronze. PS I have been toying with painting the main level, LR and DR Behr Sage Gray and the Hall, Family Room and Kitchen Behr Granite Boulder. Thank you for your help!

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