What Wood You Do?

Wednesday, January 04, 2017

The house we've been living in for the past couple of years is small, but it has a lot of charm. It was built in 1890, and has a lot of vintage touches, such as push button light switches and the original woodwork.

The woodwork (window trim, door trim, and baseboards) is beautiful, but I have a slight problem with it: the color is a bit problematic to decorate with (at least for me).

It's a dark reddish brown, and it doesn't seem to go very well with many colors. If I had to approximate it (our house has horrible lighting, and the proper color is never truly captured), I'd say it's similar to Minwax's Sedona Red, except I'd reverse the wood grain so the darker parts were more prominent and the red parts are the thin stripes.

It's very, very warm. And I am very much the kind of girl who gravitates toward cooler colors. And I am at a complete loss as to what to do. Painting the wood is not an option.

This wood is in every room of our house, and there are six different wall colors (three in the living room alone). Only two actually look decent (a light blue and a rich purple); the others are what I call "Naked Barbie Beige" (aka the WORST paint color), bright orange, a weird sage green that has a terrible (clearly unintentional) texture that rubs off the walls, and a buttery yellow that somehow manages to be the most dingy buttery yellow of all time. I wouldn't be opposed to light blue, but I'm not sure which shade would look best, and there's no paint color information anywhere around here.

Any suggestions as to what wall colors might look nice? Ways to keep the wood from overwhelming the room? Ways to go with it and not fight it so much? Anything? Bueller?


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