I have white trim throughout my home. My kitchen cabinets are
called Opal Oak which is a pinkish white color. I will be replacing
them with a medium cinnamon-oak colored cabinet.
I am at a loss as to whether I should keep the trim white, or just make
it a medium oak color in the kitchen so it matches the bottoms of the
In a way, I think the trim (in the kitchen) will look odd being a medium
oak color because my family room is part of the kitchen area and it will
has white trim now.
Would white trim look bad if my kitchen cabinets are a medium oak color?
Any feedback if greatly appreciated.
Are you really sure you want to base your decision on answers from folks
on an online forum, sight unseen? First of all, it's a pretty subjective
choice, one you'll ultimately have to make yourself. And it's pretty
hard to "see" Opal Oak, "medium cinnamon-oak colored" or any other color
(especially a subtle shade) in a text-based forum.
I'm just sayin' ...
(I do sympathize with you: as a handyman, I'm often asked such questions
("What do you think would look better?"), which I usually try to duck,
explaining that I'm not the one who's gonna have to live with the choice.)
The current state of literacy in our advanced civilization:
You have a good point - I am the one who will have to live with it.
I think either way will be OK, but I always like different opinions.
I need to bring in friends, and not online folks who can't see the total
Thanks for your input.
And it's nice to get trusted opinions that agree with one's own :o) I
probably would have trouble deciding, even with good photos of the
rooms...one thought I have is that contrasting trim tends to cut up the
room, rather than blend into a whole. Several of the paint companies
have websites where you can upload pix of a room and play with the
colors in your image to try them out.
And remember that friends always don't have a designer background. My wife
used to be in charge of interiors at the old Sands Hotel in Las Vegas. She
can explain that "you need to have light/dark colors in this situation, need
to have lateral lines to accentuate the room, need to use patterns to break
up the angularity", things like that I have no idea what she's talking
about, and neither would the normal person. I am in my third remodel now in
ten years. At the time, I gripe about changes, and some of her ideas, but
when the job is done, I have to admit that all three have turned out really
nice. We have had builder friends over for dinner, and they ask, "Where did
you get this? or "What gave you this idea?"
Normal people just look at the overall effect, and if it is in their
favorite colors, they like it. Finding someone with a little design
background gives you the in depth answer you are seeking, and most often
than not, there's someone like that at even the Home Depots and Lowe's who
can show you some options you might not have even thought of. There's a
lot more to it than colors.
1. You can't go wrong with white. I may not be the best, but it's certainly
not the worst.
2. If you have the skills - or want to gain them - take a picture of the
existing setup. Then manipulate the picture with graphics editing software,
applying the various colors to the target areas. Print each choice.
Are you building this for yourself, or for the satisfaction of friends,
neighbors, and your lovely in-laws?
Some people like white trim with wood colored cabinets. Others don't. It's
all up to you. YOU go find some at an interior decorator shop or HD, and
look at it and see if it looks "bad" to YOU. Remember, like bathroom
floors, spend a little more because you're going to be looking at it for a
long long time.
"Bad" to me would be some combinations of puce, lime, and yellow with a
little industrial red and blue thrown in for effect.
Heart surgery pending?
Most but not all of the decorators I worked with over the years thought that
trim should be one unified color throughout the home. Exceptions were made
for a man cave paneled study but otherwise they held true to that .
My personal take is do what you want.
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I am leaning towards keeping the white trim. I have medium oak vanities
in my bathrooms and they have a white trim around the bottoms.
I guess I never noticed it before because you don't see the trim unless
you are in the bathtub or shower. It really does look nice.
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