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Joined: Oct 24 2005

We are new Eichler owners and are in the process of painting. We've noticed that the previous owners have painted the molding at the ceiling the same color as the wall. Our beams are currently white and we will be painting them charcoal/black. I have always liked white trim/molding/baseboards but want to make sure I am keeping with the Eichler design and decor - help!
Also, we have some doors that were painted either the color of the room, the color white, or a few have been left as the original wood. I don't like the inconsistencies and want to do the doors all the same color throughout the house. Any suggestions?
Thanks for any input.

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Joined: Dec 14 2003

I only have molding at the top of the siding walls and mahogany panelling, not at the top of drywall walls. There is molding at the bottom of the drywall walls. My molding is mahogany, but if yours is only paint grade, I would be inclined to paint it the same color as the wall. Colored walls and white molding looks a little colonial for my taste.

My molding also has a simple, slim, rectangular profile. If yours is frillier, it's not original.

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Joined: Mar 25 2005

If you do a search on 'paint' you'll find a bunch of earlier threads regarding paint colors, trim colors, beams, etc.

Not sure that there is a right or wrong on the questions of color for your top molding, but we've also heard that many people (in Eichlers where sheetrock is in the bedroom wing) paint the top molding the same color as the wall. Some people believe that it makes the wall look 'taller' and that it is less busy than having an offset trim color.

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Joined: Mar 25 2005

If you do a search on 'paint' you'll find a bunch of earlier threads regarding paint colors, trim colors, beams, etc.

Not sure that there is a right or wrong on the questions of color for your top molding, but we've also heard that many people (in Eichlers where sheetrock is in the bedroom wing) paint the top molding the same color as the wall. Some people believe that it makes the wall look 'taller' and that it is less busy than having an offset trim color.

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Joined: Mar 20 2003

our walls were already painted when we bought our home. However we did repaint and I painted the top trim the same color as the walls. The floor trim was left mahogany so we of course left those alone. We also have black beams. I don't like at least in Eichlers the top trim to be different then the walls because as one poster said it's a little too colonial or frilly for this type of home. In regards to the interior doors that are already painted, I would paint them the same color as the walls and not left white. Again that would just make it look too busy in my opinion. Keep it all very simple and it should work fine.

Dana

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