I had to be resuscitated a few times within our own home... I am absolutely no expert on the subject of designing around wood trim and cabinets, but I have personally lived with it and have been getting quite a few questions lately.
Here is the most recent one now: Jen, I have been following your blog, along with other interior/DIY type blogs for about a year.
Proper steps make for a long lasting paint job.” – Donna A. “My grandma had the cheap, fake “paneling” (a grooved sheet with a woodgrain pattern).
“Or fill the lines with joint compound and then texture mine looks great! I painted directly over it with Behr’s Ultra paint (whatever it’s called with the primer in it). It is now beautiful and lightened up my whole life.” – Donna S. “We just did the dark paneling in a house we bought 3 months ago with one coat of primer and two coats of quality paint.
It nicely frames out a room and allows everything to pop. Although I think oak has the potential to be beautiful, I also think you have to work with it a bit more to really achieve a happy, light and airy space.
But the problem is I need to use what I have, which is pretty basic traditional style furniture and even several dark wood pieces.Is that even possible or is it going to look too dark and dreary? BHG Most of us have to work around furniture we already have, which is not necessarily a bad thing!But if your furniture is dark or traditional and you want a lighter more cottage-y look, are there ways to lighten up your style without painting everything or tossing your furniture to the curb? If you have some great quality classic pieces, I say KEEP, USE, and ENJOY them!For example, if you rent, you may not be able to paint, so now you have to find ideas that are focused on white walls. I am on the white trim bandwagon, but that is definitely not the norm in our neck of the woods.And if you reside in Wisconsin , you live with oak trim. But I have to say, it does seem that pretty white trim has because this gold standard in homes. Around here, you don't see a lot of the pretty white trim . And it's not usually just within the trim, it's also the cabinets and the doors..even the furniture.