Good Questions: Paint Just the Ceiling Trim?

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Borboleta sent us a good question: I love the old character of this house...and although it seems everyone the world over would suggest to paint out all the dark wood trim to white, I refuse. However, the struggle is with brightening this very dark room. So here is the question....to paint the vaulted ceiling in the dining room and ceiling trim in the living room white or not?
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Both of these features are not original to the house and therefore I have no attachment to. However, would this look weird considering the rest of the trim is wood?

Please add your thoughts on whether to paint the ceiling trim or not to the comments below - thanks!

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