Katy Elliott

A daily design journal about new england life, home decorating resources, and renovating a 257-year-old house in Marblehead, MA.

Dark Green Painted Wood Moulding

Posted on | October 2, 2009 | 18 Comments


We are slowly removing the paint from detailed moulding in our living room. After we have the paint removed we need to removed the ceiling because of major water damage. It’s a long story but let’s keep it short.

We’ve gone back and forth on what to paint the room. Cream moulding with green walls or green moulding with cream walls? Painting the wood green is very traditional and probably the original color used. I think it’s cool but afraid it might be too dark? I came across this library shot by Simon Watson on Bliss. The green looks amazing. I love that the window frames and the moulding at the very top were painted cream. Hmm what to do? See photos of the living room we are working on before it was stripped and now.


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18 Responses to “Dark Green Painted Wood Moulding”

  1. havilah
    October 2nd, 2009 @ 4:08 pm

    it depends on how much natural light you get into the room. if it’s not a lot, then i might recommend the cream walls. but painting with color is always fun too. just make sure the ceiling gets a light color!


  2. Mom
    October 2nd, 2009 @ 6:00 pm

    green wainscoating and cream walls would look amazing!! Have I mentioned that before? HMM…


  3. Yach
    October 2nd, 2009 @ 6:17 pm

    I love the pictures you posted above…that library looks gorgeous.


  4. Nora Ericson
    October 2nd, 2009 @ 6:20 pm

    My 1920 house has that exact shade of green trim, and cream walls. I had no idea it was traditional. The built-in buffet and a tiny trim line along the ceiling are done in a similar, but lighter and bluer, color. I think it looks quite nice and doesn’t darker the house too much:) My upstairs has low ceilings, though, and I was interested to see someone on Design Sponge try a light blue bead board ceiling treatment to lighten and heighten a room – though I don’t know what “period” that would be authentic to, if any. Awesome house and blog, Katy! http://www.designspongeonline.com/2009/07/sneak-peek-samantha-reitmayer-from-swoon-style.html


  5. erika
    October 2nd, 2009 @ 9:50 pm

    so cozy!!! lovely!


  6. AmyA
    October 3rd, 2009 @ 1:42 pm

    Is it wrong that I sort of like the look of the wood stripped? I like the way all the random paint colors have soaked into the wood. Maybe it just looks awesome in the photos and not in person? Anyway, I think it looks pretty cool without paint. ;)


  7. Rebecca
    October 3rd, 2009 @ 5:25 pm

    I love the green painted built-in shelves. That would look incredible in your home! Good luck… it looks like a lot of hard work.


  8. mopar
    October 4th, 2009 @ 10:14 am

    I have an idea: If you paint the woodwork green and the walls cream, you could also paint the trim around the windows cream. I don’t know, might tie it together.

    In general, woodwork that is darker than walls looks old fashioned and heavy, which might be exactly what you want.

    I’m sure whatever you choose will be beautiful. You have great taste.


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  10. Sara
    October 4th, 2009 @ 5:11 pm

    I left a message on the page with the stripped photos.. should have left it here!


  11. vintage simple
    October 5th, 2009 @ 8:33 am

    You’ve done such an incredible job of stripping that paint..! I kind of like it that way, too, but I hear that you want to paint it….so: I would go a green with some blue in it, and definitely on the lighter side. Those pictures you posted are lovely, but notice that the ceilings in that house are really tall, and so are the windows…and the windows are flanked by bookshelves, which makes light bounce around a lot. I think you’re spot-on as far as painting the trim the darker color and the walls cream. That is in keeping with the house’s age… But do keep in mind that your ceilings are pretty low… So what you end up doing will depend on what mood you’re after, I guess…


  12. Jennifer
    October 5th, 2009 @ 7:46 pm

    I love the green. The house I grew up in had green moulding in some of the rooms. It really made the details stand out.


  13. Barb Rock
    October 6th, 2009 @ 8:41 am

    I love your blog, Katy! Your ideas and enthusiasm are inspiring. I recently painted a bath with Benjamin Moore’s Salisbury Green and White Dove for the trim. Benjamin Moore is definitely pricey paint, but it is the richest I have ever worked with. I think my green would be a great match for your crewel fabric. Please go to their website and check it out! Good luck!


  14. Katy Elliott
    October 6th, 2009 @ 12:01 pm

    Thanks everyone for the great tips and advice. Once I get the ceiling removed I’ll see how much light and space I actually have.

    The green is pretty seducing!


  15. Jenny B
    October 8th, 2009 @ 10:50 pm

    …I reckon your room has a lot more in common with the interior of the Huguenot house you visited where the low ceilings create a very marked interior/exterior distinction, a ‘chiaroscuro’ relationship that describes perfectly the meditative source of light, the windows. In this sense, the light is shafted into sculptural form and inhabits the room as a living thing, meditative and illuminating. I like dark rooms with an absence of white (or cream) precisely in order to concentrate on the light from outside. Mirrors, in such a room, become exquisite jewel-like paintings.


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  17. Jane Flanagan
    October 25th, 2009 @ 5:55 pm

    Love this.


  18. annamaria potamiti
    October 16th, 2010 @ 3:09 pm

    Hi Katie, your blog is beautiful!Thank you for all the lovley things you share.
    As for the green-or-cream question…,
    the house in the photos has very high-ceilings
    which probably lighten up the heaviness of a dark colour on the walls.I think the size of your room should be a guide to colour choices as well.x


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