We're building a new house...

sheldongraberMarch 27, 2013
and the choice of woodwork s the BIG question! My husband really LIKES natural wood, he would CONSIDER painted (white or cream) trim, but he's pretty reluctant to do that. I am not seeing many houses with anything BUT PAINTED trim. Are we going to regret using natural wood trim???? YIKES! :( Can you help us decide? ~ellen
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My husband and I had the same conversation. Are you planning to do hardwood floors? Do you want something to match or break up the floors from the walls? How about mixing the two? I see that a lot now, it can be beautiful. Painted base and casing, then solid wood doors. The doors really stand out when doing this, so make sure to budget for beautiful doors.

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1 Like    Bookmark   March 27, 2013 at 2:55PM
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The great thing about natural trim is that it will never go out of style. Of course, it always depends on the space, but if you choose a more natural setting, you can always decided on furniture pieces that have a pop of color that you are looking for!
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architectrunnerguy
Are there costs constraints? Stained interior trim is a lot more expensive (the reason you see painted everywhere). From a material standpoint, can't use finger jointed material and from a labor standpoint, wood filler and caulk can cover up a LOT of sins when the trim is painted. With natural wood, a small amount of filler can be used but NO caulk. Basically it's furniture building only on a wall.

So, the question is probably a matter of $$$$$.
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Judy M
When you paint trim, you can use almost any species of wood you want, if you leave them natural, I think the quality of the wood is important. High quality wood will cost more so the cost could be higher to leave it natural.

As the previous poster mentioned leaving the wood doors natural and pointed out that the quality of the door will be important.

I would consider this in your decision. If budget allows and you like the wood, go for it.

My preference is painted trim, unless the room is a library or office, I like the stained wood in those cases.
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Toni Reno Colby
I am not a designer/decorator, but I had stained wood trim throughout my previous home. It looked nice, but I felt like I had to decorate around it and it was troublesome to me. When I decided to put hardwood flooring in the kitchen, I felt like it limited my options. The house we are building now will have painted trim with crown moldings, which I prefer.
    Bookmark   March 27, 2013 at 3:14PM
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Fenstermann LLC
What are doing for windows and exterior doors? I have some very nice solid Walnut windows/doors that your husband would love!
    Bookmark   March 27, 2013 at 3:18PM
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sheldongraber
I've appreciated the input from each of you. I think both my husband and I like a more traditional style, and I realize you can have either painted or natural wood trim to accomplish that look. By traditional I don't want "tired" and/or "out-dated" though, so it will be a challenge I'm sure. Hopefully we can keep it a FUN challenge! Thanks again for your input. If you have more advice, I'd love to hear from you.
    Bookmark   April 8, 2013 at 8:35AM
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tcufrog
The nice thing about natural doors and trim is that you can always restain them or repaint them for a change. You can't do that with painted trim and doors since these days since builders usually use cheaper trim and doors that can't be stripped and stained at a later date. If you can afford it I'd go with natural for that reason.
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Joseph F. Yencho, Design/Builder
If your going to go with stained trim, I have 2 suggestions. 1) pick out your cabinets and floors now- make sure your trim stain accents those choices. Nothing worse than after the expense of real trim -having it clashing with EVERYTHING else.(see tonette's comment) 2) The profile is really important. A good profile that accents the real wood but is not too busy, ( or pricey) is to have your trim carpenter take 1x4 stock, 1/8 radius the inside edge, then run a1/4" beading on the outside . Clean , and matches almost all style decor. GoodLuck!
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Having all natural trim is can be done real traditional or very modern it depends on material used and layout I always love natural wood.
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    Bookmark   April 8, 2013 at 9:51AM
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Stain grade carpentry, as suggested by architecturerunnerguy and others is more expensive. So too is stain grade material (note: we call it stain grade whether you stain it or not). Paint grade allows the use of mixed materials...MDF for wall panels, pine and poplar mixed moulding profiles, finger jointed materials, etc. Expect to pay 50% more for material and labor to do stain grade over paint grade work....more if the material selected as stain grade carries a premium...say Claro walnut instead of African mahogany or American Cherry instead of red oak.
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