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kristinnsmith 04-15-2008 12:30 PM

White vs. Off White
I am building a new house and my new cabinets were recently installed. They are gorgeous!!! They are antiqued and glazed with dark stained corners. The are kind of an white color. I am having trouble picking out a trim color. I first thought that I would just go with basic white trim and molding around doors but I think it kind of clashes with my cabinets. Should I paint the trim and all interior doors off white to coordinate? I don't want to stain the trim and doors. HELP! I need to paint soon!

DIYtestdummy 04-15-2008 12:42 PM

Can you take some pictures and post them? Maybe this would be better in the interior design section. What other colors are you working with (counter tops, floor, appliances, walls)? What style are you going for? What looks good through your eyes?

Paint is easy to change, but choosing the right colors can take a long time. Sometimes you have to make that mistake. Get some color swatches and tape them up, or get little sample cans of paint.

kristinnsmith 04-15-2008 12:51 PM

I am using a medium toned wood floor and the wall are already painted a sage green color. The appliance will be stainless and the cabinet hardware is bronze.

slickshift 04-15-2008 03:56 PM

I think your trim and doors are screaming for some deep burgundy myself, but that's me

I can suggest taking a little trip on over to and delving into the color tools they have over there

Look for and Explore Color and Understanding Color, and then poke around the other areas over there

I find the articles over there very informative, without getting too "heavy" on the technical side

rome778 04-24-2008 01:56 AM

i agree, i think you'd be more certain if you use paint samples to see their effects. but personally i think you trims would look great if stained although that would take longer. goodluck! post pictures when your done painting them :)

Dusty 04-27-2008 07:05 AM

How about painting them a slightly darker or lighter version of the wall colour? My concern with white trim and off white cabinets is that you will need to be really careful lest the white make the off white look dirty. Staying with a colour avoids the whole problem.

Otherwise, if you heart is set on white, see if you can get a sample for the cupboards and take it with you to a paint store and have someone who knows their colours help you out.

globeldesigns 05-19-2008 11:42 PM

I agree to all that much better if you post sample picture so that we give you advice which color that may fit for that.

Jay123 05-27-2008 01:14 PM

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These are from a basement we did about 3 years ago. I think the cabinets might be similar to what you are describing. We ended up using a high gloss oil in a bone color for the trim.


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