If you like painted woodwork, and your spouse likes stain - here we'll show you ways to compromise!
And if you're wondering what color stain to use for woodwork and beam ceilings, we'll show a variety of stains, from golden honey to darker stains.
Perhaps you are considering painting white over your dark woodwork? People often fear they'll hurt resale value, so here we'll share the feedback we hear from clients the majority of the time.
The vast majority of people tell us they prefer a bright, light look, as opposed to a dark room with extremely dark wood stains. This is especially true for baby boomers, or those whose eyes makes it harder to see in a dark room. The exception is males versus females. Often men prefer stained woodwork.
If you like painted woodwork, and your spouse likes stain - here's an example of a compromise!
Here are 4 questions we recommend you ask yourself to help with the decision of whether to paint over woodwork and beam ceilings:
1) Is the wood high quality, obviously you'd have to think twice before painting over expensive cherry or mahogany!!
2) Are you going to a lodge look? Or a masculine look? Or for a light look filled with white or color?
3) What rooms do you gravitate toward? When you gather photos on Houzz or Pinterest or designer blogs and Websites?
4) Will it cause a chain reaction? Will you have to paint the wood in adjacent rooms?
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It's personal preference whether to paint beam ceilings and woodwork, you can go three different routes to make your room brighter:
- Paint some of the woodwork, instead of all of it. Perhaps the window trim and mantle but not the beams on the ceiling?
- Use a light bright color or white on the mantle, the walls, and fabrics.
- Refinish the dark stained woodwork in a lighter tone, like the top photo above.
Your home should be a space you enjoy, so whether wood stains or white trim are your preference, if you'll be there awhile it's good to go with what makes you happy!