Too much oak in the house- how do I fix it?
I would really love some opinions. My husband and I are buying a new house (yay) and it needs some serious love and updating. Currently the home has oak kitchen cabinets and oak trim/moulding and doors throughout. In a few rooms there is cheap, poorly done, white trim mixed in with the oak trim and a couple of the doors are broken and need to be replaced.
Here is my issue: I hate oak colored wood! I also would like to install new hardwood floors throughout the whole house, and the last thing I want is to feel like I am living in an oak colored wood box.
My questions are these:
1. How do I handle this? do I need to make sure all the wood on the doors, trim, and floor have the same color stain?
2. If so, is it possible to stain the existing woodwork darker without an excessive amount of work ( like sanding it all the way down)?
3. Is wood trim and moulding considered dated, these days?
4. Would it be better to go with replacing it all with white composite? (Lots of the woodwork needs repair as the previous children used it as a medium for carving pictures and their names)
5. The windows are also the same color of wood, would it look strange if they didnt match the trim around them?
The home was built in '96 so its not like this is an older house with all that "charm" that the wood brings. I just dont know what the better use of my time and money would be. To refresh and harmonize the wood trim or replace all of it and the doors with white composite even though the windows will still be wood.
Thanks for any suggestions, advice, or picture examples that anyone has to offer. This seems so simple but has really got me hung up.