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Pin Away Wednesdays: Dark Woodwork and Stained Trim

Dark Woodwork and Stained Trim

Happy “Pin Away Wednesays!” Today I am sharing highlights from my  Dark Woodwork and Stained Trim Pinterest board. Five years ago we moved from our 1930’s cottage with all white trim and woodwork, to our current 1920’s home with original. unpainted woodwork. When we originally bought our home we had planned to paint the stained woodwork white, but after a few days we just couldn’t bring ourselves to do it since it had never been painted. Now after five years the woodwork is my favorite aspect of our home as it gives it such warmth and character.


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At first I struggled with decorating our home because I had never had dark woodwork before. It took some time to find the right colors for the wall, decor and furnishings. The original woodwork was a bit orangey, so we darkened it to a richer espresso brown using General Finishes Java Gel Stain. (affiliate link). In the end we chose a creamy off-white wall color and neutral decor and I love how it looks with our woodwork.


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As soon as we decided not to paint the trim, I created my woodwork Pinterest board for inspiration. Here are some of my favorite images from the board featuring various tones of unpainted and stained woodwork, trim and moldings. Pin away!


Inspiring Rooms With Unpainted Woodwork

Floating Freesource




I love the white against the natural wood trim. Very English.



Wood accents-good stain color and we could add more detail on the beams



The Stained Wood Trim Stays! What Colors Will Work With It? - laurel home

via Laurel Bern Interiors



crystal chandelier - house tour




The best paint colours to update dark or medium toned wood or walnut trim

via Kylie M. Interiors



Many homeowners have stained woodwoork in their homes. Give your home an updated look with some paint color ideas for stained woodwork.

via Evolution of Style Blog



Neutral Living Room With Beamed Ceilings. #home #livingroom #design #neutral #howto #kathykuohome

via Kathy Kuo Home



Love the banister, and the detail on the stairs!




Shabby Chic Bedroom

via Finding Silver Pennies




via Christina’s Adventures






Benjamin Moore BLACK BEAUTY 2128-10 The Stained Wood Trim Stays! What Colors Will Work With It? - laurel home

via Laurel Bern Interiors




I covet dark wood trim. Reminds me of our early 1900's home in Boston when I was little. Gorgeous, warm, and classic.

via Christina’s Adventures



Unpainted woodwork and stained trim is trending now!  Says who? We the decorators! In the last year I have noticed that...


I hope you have enjoyed seeing these photos of dark woodwork and stained trim. White woodwork and trim continues to be the most popular, but over the last few years stained woodwork has definitely been trending. For more inspiration take a look at my post, Original Unpainted Woodwork and Stained Trim. I still love white woodwork, but I am certainly glad we didn’t paint ours!


Dark Woodwork and Stained Trim


What is your opinion of stained woodwork? I love hearing from you dear readers!

Thanks for visiting today!



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  • Reply Maria | passion fruit, paws and peonies

    This is such a gorgeous post. I have a house that is over 130 years old and has original dark wood. It is so easy to make the house too dark so light paint colours is so important! Love these homes xx

    February 8, 2019 at 7:36 am
  • Reply Cecilia

    I’m not always a fan of dark wood, but I always love how warm and charming yours looks! Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm!

    February 10, 2019 at 5:20 pm
  • Reply Audra @ Renewed Projects

    Sometimes wood is too beautiful to paint and needs to keep its natural look. Seems like dark wood works best in rooms with plenty of natural light. Gorgeous collection of dark wood trims!

    February 10, 2019 at 5:31 pm
    • Reply J

      Painting original wood is a sin! I can’t believe anyone would paint wood to have the usual boring white woodwork . The paint is horrible to have to remove in the future.

      October 13, 2019 at 1:49 am
      • Reply Amber Lyon Ferguson

        Yes I totally agree! I do like white woodwork but after living with dark for a few years I definitely think I prefer the warmth and richness of unpainted wood.

        Thanks for stopping by!

        October 15, 2019 at 12:35 am
  • Reply Sandra @ Dinner at Eight

    I’m glad you didn’t paint your woodwork. Original stained wood trim in older homes always gives such depth to the design of every room, particularly deep, rich stain colors. Wood trim destined to be stained is higher quality/grade wood than that which is expected to be painted. Yours looks beautiful.

    February 11, 2019 at 9:43 am
  • Reply Melissa

    Thank you for sharing this. We purchased a 100+ year old home because of the gorgeous original woodwork, but I’ve been paralyzed with indecision on what colors to repaint the walls. They are currently all jewel tone but I wanted to lighten up the rooms, but trying to choose a creamy white has left me with more design paralysis.

    February 15, 2019 at 8:13 am
    • Reply Amber Lyon Ferguson

      Hi Melissa,
      The color we used on our walls is White Eagle purchased at True Value Hardware. Hope this helps!

      October 3, 2019 at 10:14 pm
  • Reply angie

    thanks for allowing us to visit such a beautiful place with lots of lovely woodwork and windows reminds me of the good old homes thanks for sharing
    come see us at

    February 16, 2019 at 12:00 pm
  • Reply Karren Haller

    Thank you for sharing on Wonderful Wednesday, it has been pinned and shared on Instagram.
    Please stop by and share again!
    Have a great week!

    February 20, 2019 at 1:28 pm
  • Reply Pamela

    I love your home. I always gravitate to dark woods and white walls or furnishing. I’ve tried other color combos in numerous houses but they never enveloped me. I LOVE looking at all the other combos and being in homes decorated all kinds of ways but I NEED to live in high contrast dark and light. Our latest home is all creamy white in the living-dining-family rooms including the trim and crown. But all our case goods are dark cherry or mahogany with dark rugs on oak floors.

    February 21, 2019 at 7:38 pm
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