Color Complement for Oak Trim in Entryway?

Color Complement for Oak Trim in Entryway?

Aaron Able
Aug 25, 2009

Q: I just bought this wonderful colonial in Englewood, New Jersey (built in 1915) that still has a lot of its original detail. I'll be moving in in a few weeks and wanted your opinion on the perfect color for the foyer.

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I want to create a warm and inviting entry space that is also open, bright and airy. The two front rooms (foyer and living room) get lots of light so I'm leaning toward a light color. The original oak floor and trims are what's tripping me up. I love it, but I've never painted around that much wood before!

I don't plan on painting the exterior anytime soon. The fire place, of course, is the focal point. The brink was painted or lacquered by the previous owned so I was thinking of painting it white (also toying with black!). Help! As you can see I'm all over the place! What color would work in this space?? I've gotten some Benjamin Moore samples and will spend a few hours at the house tomorrow painting squares on walls! Let me know what you think!

Editor: Working with the wood trim is key — testing colors is important in this type of space. Who has suggestions?

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