mixing white crown and stained oak baseboards and trim

keagan77January 4, 2010

I have an old 1919 home with great 7 inch oak baseboards and door/window trim. However, I am starting to laminate the plaster ceilings with new drywall and I want to put up Crown. I like the look of white crown and I think wood will be too much wood in the house. Plus I hate to paint the wood in the home, I think it looks good, but in moderation. Anyone ever done this? Have any photos?


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In my old house I had several rooms with mixed trim. All of the trim was white but the window panels and the door panel were oak and it looked really good. I also had a room that everything was white except for the baseboard that was solid oak. We put that baseboard ourselves intending to paint it but it was so beautiful (and darn expensive) that we decided to keep it and it looked great. In the area I live there are a lot of older colonials and I see mixed trim very often.

    Bookmark   January 5, 2010 at 9:07PM
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We have wood baseboard, trim & (crown molding in three of rooms)everything is stained. In the rooms with the crown mould, it would look inappropriate to put up painted crown mould. (Although I think painted trim is beautiful). Maybe start with one room the way you have envisioned it & see how you like it.

    Bookmark   January 12, 2010 at 3:04PM
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Heres the thing - historic crown molding was plaster and was always painted. depending on the period it matched the wall, or the ceiling or was even striped fantastically (see some of the crown moldings on the Bradbury & Bradbury wall paper site)

The purpose of the crown molding (or cove as it was commonly referred to) was to ease the transition from the vertical wall to the horizontal ceiling, not to trim out something which the window and door trim does

Put up your crown molding and paint away !!

    Bookmark   January 21, 2010 at 10:15PM
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Not sure if this is what you wanted to see but I painted crown,baseboard,trim and one door white in my remodeled bedroom, leaving the entry door the orignal fruitwood (?) shellac (in other words,not painted);it opens into the hallway and part of the house that also has shellac or stained trim. I wasn't sure about how it would look, but I like it. Most people probably wouldn't.

    Bookmark   January 22, 2010 at 10:18PM
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I like it!

    Bookmark   January 22, 2010 at 11:46PM
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What schoolhouse said. To be honest, when I think what it would look like to have the crown moulding wood, it looks all weird in my head. Here white crown moulding and wood window trim and baseboards are very common in old houses. In my house the crown in one room is Wedgewood blue to match elements in the frieze while all the trim and baseboards are white to match other elements in the frieze. Everyone thinks it looks great. I don't think there's a law that says the crown has to match everything else :-)

    Bookmark   January 23, 2010 at 6:14AM
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I was reading the newspaper awhile ago and it suddenly occurred to me that maybe I should share what I did in my library room back in 1990. In this room the crown molding was stained as was the baseboard and trim (my dad insisted on staining the bookcase oak however(!)). I tried to take photos that would show the paint colors more clearly. Ceiling is yellow ochre as are the two end walls. Side walls in the room are a deep green. The wide border under the crown molding was one of those "got to have it" moments. It lowered the ceiling some, which wasn't my intention, it was just so beautiful I had to use it. ha.
Anyway, just wanted to show that the crown was not painted the same color as the ceiling and turned out alright (to me).

    Bookmark   January 23, 2010 at 11:21AM
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My trim indining room is a country red,with tung oiled horizontal random width boards,beautiful.

    Bookmark   January 27, 2010 at 8:21AM
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