Major Dilemma, Should I Convert to White Trim or Keep Original?
We (boyfriend and I) been in our "new" old house for a year now, and finally have gotten comfortable enough to start the major renovations we talked about when purchasing. He loves super modern, white, clean looking designs, and I'm more of a natural wood, dark colors fan.
The house we have is full of potential, but has been poorly looked after and suffers from cheesy color schemes. My largest dilemma right now is whether or not to paint all the trim white. The boyfriend is a huge fan of this, claiming it will bring the house to a more modern appeal. I do love some examples of houses I've seen with white trim and a complimenting wall color, but this old house is just loaded with beautiful old wood, albeit in drastically different finishes, styles and colors.
To make matters more interesting, the previous owner went wild with green paint on some of the beautiful moldings in the downstairs hallway, painted the entire master bedroom light purple (including the trim and old door) and painted a beautiful french door bright blue. This makes painting everything white seem easier than restoring the former wooden glory. Not to mention I would have to have all the trim in the entire house match stains color wise, and that will absolutely prove tedious and exhausting.
There are several rooms with wainscoting (some painted, some not), a beautiful (but dirty) exposed brick chimney in the living room, gorgeous old staircase (that I will NOT be painting), and miles and miles of trim and molding to consider.
I've added several pictures below, please tell me what you think. Should I take the plunge and go white? How can I keep white trim everywhere and still maintain a few wood features (Staircase, doors, etc.)
ps. Please ignore copious amounts of pet hair in pictures. Three beasts are in full blown spring shed right now!