Design Dilemma - Painting Wood Trim

I was at a client's house the other night and suggested they paint their old, dark gum wood trim in their 1920's house. You would think I asked them for their first born child! It has been a challenge since the day I started designing to convince people that painted wood actually enhances the detail of the trim and gives the home a whole new lease on life. It freshens and makes a home more current, without losing the character people covet in older homes. I know there are always exceptions to the rule, and there are situations when it would be a crime to paint over wood trim or panelling. Honestly, it has to be in amazing shape and absolutely gorgeous for it to take precedence over painting it, in my opinion. As for my clients? Knowing the positive feedback I get from people who do paint their wood trim, made me press on. I told them to paint all the casings, baseboards, etc. and leave the doors stained for now. It will still look 90% better than leaving it all wood. They thought about it for a minute and agreed it will add interest to their quaint home and give them the updated look they desire. I know they will be thrilled! Maybe they will paint the doors in the future…or maybe not.

paint trim 1Designer Paul Corrie's row house

paint trim 2Designer Blair Harris                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               

Here's an example of wood that should be left as is. Gorgeous!

hotelPalácio Ramalhete Boutique Hotel in Lisbon

Disclaimer: I know this is a touchy subject and people are very passionate about their wood trim. No hate mail please. xo