Let’s chat about how to decorate when your home has WOOD TRIM. Lots of older home’s around the Boston area have it and the first instinct people have is to paint it white. Now I get that, I’m a huge fan of white trim, it’s crisp and clean. Plus looks great with just about any decorating style. Dark wood trim has a reputation of looking older or dated- however I don’t believe that to be true. When you choose the right pieces for your style a home with original wood trim can be transformed into an elegant-classic vibe to an eclectic-boho vibe depending on your style.
I’m so excited for my sister and her boyfriend as they just bought their first home which is what inspired this pos! It’s a charming little bungalow that reminds me of the first home Ben and I bought together. AND it has… WOOD TRIM. Everyone asked them the BIG question “Will you paint the trim white?”. The wood trim in their home, as you can see in the photos below, is the kind that’s rich and buttery with details that tell a story of the way homes were once built. NOT, the kind of detail you want to smack some white latex paint over and call it a day. If you do- hey its your home totally do what makes you happy! I was very happy they decided to live with the trim as is for awhile. You can always decide down the road to paint it if you change your mind.
Living area looking into dining area. Look at the beautiful built ins!
All wallpaper is coming down and paint is coming up!
Dining area looking into living area. I love the columns. The wood is also not this orange-y in person its just the quality of the listing photos. Notice how beautiful the light flows in, which leads me to believe that lighter or even darker colors would work in either of these rooms.
With the beautiful old trim detail also came a TON of very old wallpaper. Old wallpaper + wood can REALLY skew ones perception and vision of how to achieve an updated aesthetic with wood trim. It’s been weeks of wallpaper removal and while I helped a little with that- I thought my time (and manicure 😉 ) might be better spent on helping them come up with a plan/vision for their new casa. Below I did two e-desisn’s, one for their living room and one for their dining room. First I’m going to share some tips on how to decorate when your home has wood trim.
To make wood trim look more current and fresh, I suggest staying FAR AWAY from any warm tone on the wall. Nothing is going to make your dark wood trim look more orangey or “dated” than choosing a warm color tone on your walls (yellow, tan, orange, red etc..). I prefer neutrals, off whites, nothing too stark white, light or dark grays (depending on how much light the home gets) or jewel tones in the purple/blue/green family.
Stay away from furniture that also has the same wood tone as your trim. I’d prefer to see metals, lacquered pieces, black, distressed woods, etc… CLEAN LINES- keep your furniture mostly modern in shape- a few sleek pieces mixed with some antiques or distressed pieces will give you that mix which will give the feel of an eclectic home.
Have fun with COLOR! I’m all about bringing some color into spaces with wood trim, I love jewel tones either in the pillows, or rug or artwork. I also love the cool tones like blues/greens or really subdued washed out tones in pink or peach.
If adding color isn’t your thing its totally fine to keep it all NEUTRAL just be sure to add interest with texture, greenery and patterns for a graphic pop of interest.
Be BOLD with LIGHTING take some risks with shape and the scale of your lights and their finishes.
Now to implement some of these tips into two e-designs one for their living room and one for their dining room. Here I would say for the walls keep it neutral with Classic Gray walls or go a bit more rich with Smoke.
I love green/blue undertones with the warmth of the wood. The sofa is something my sister already owns so I was working with that as a base- putting furniture in that has clean simple lines and then some more pops of blue.
I love when dining rooms are a bit bold- it can be a room that’s great for entertaining or sitting and enjoying a morning cup of coffee. I love these chairs and how they tie in with the wood trim tones but that the table is a bit more of a modern clean look. This light fixture is a bit of a statement but I think something with edge and personality would really liven up the space and make for a great focal point. Bringing in those cool colors again with the rug (CLICK HERE FOR RUG) and wall art and I always love a great bar cart or side table for nice spirits and bar accessories.
I hope you liked this post on decorating with warm tone wood trim. How many of you have trim like this in your home? Did you find decorating with it a challenge? Do you have any more questions about a design dilemma? Email me firstname.lastname@example.org I’d love to hear from you.
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I started my own Decor business two-three years ago and I’ve learned it’s the small details that make a business great! Over time I’ve been working more with client services like E-Designs and Home Consults (click here for more info), which is why I want to be able to send a quick and easy “thank you” at the completion of a project. I’ll admit that I haven’t been as detail oriented as I’d like, when it comes to sending out small gestures of gratitude. Are you like me and don’t always have time to sit down, write and mail a “thank you” card? I’m either juggling the kids or trying to squeeze in working time among other things.
Since I’m usually at my computer doing work, I’m way more likely to send a “thank you” via a website service. I know you might be thinking “where is the personal touch in a website service?”. Well if you are, you probably haven’t heard of Greetabl! Greetabl is a modern way to send someone happy mail. Sending a Greetabl is way more fun than just mailing a card. Greetabl is a combination of both card & gift in one. Over at Greetabl they make it so easy to mail a personalized “hello”, “miss you”, “thank you”, “thinking of you”, or “love you” sentiment and is a go-to gift for clients, family or friends!
Look how cute the packaging details are! The beautiful colors and cheerful text make this such a fun little surprise to receive!
To start, simply head over to Greetabl.com then choose a pretty patterned box, uploaded three photos for a client or a friend. I included my logo and some photos of a client project. Next choose a special gift, they all fit perfectly inside the box. I thought the face mask would be a nice treat for my client to use when she wants to relax. Lastly, the most important part, write a little message! So easy and under $30. Greetabl will now be my go-to gift for client “thank you’s”! Greetabl is also offering you guys a PROMO CODE, add JORDECOR at check out for 15% off your order! Let me know how you like it. I’m excited to include a special detail like this for my clients that choose to hire me.
Friends, thank you for stopping by the blog today! I hope this gives you a new source for sending out beautiful one of a kind gifts to your own clients, family or friends! I appreciate you guys. Especially for supporting the brands that help me support my family and keep this little blog running 🙂
Since living at the beach house for the last couple of weeks it’s becoming clear the things we need to finish up. Some of the rooms are so close to being done. The living room for example is looking great besides the fact that the builder is still yet to put the T.V. mounted in the wall. He built us a unit that will go inside the wall with doors so the T.V. can be hidden when no one is watching it. In our nice white and bright beach house who wants to see a big television screen? Not me!
We are hoping that project will get finished in the next couple weeks but in the mean time I’m ready to get some bookcases up on either side of the fire place. I’ve been going back and forth about the style. Do I want it open back or close back? Weathered wood or weathered gray wood? Metal rods on the outside or not? I know that our price range is on the lower side, we don’t want to spend a fortune on these bookcases.
The need for bookcases in our space is obviously for storage and to add balance on either side of the fireplace. But also to add some personal touches like family photos, decorative items, things we collect from the beach and so on. I thought it would be fun to search online for some low price bookcases that look high end! Isn’t that always the goal anyway? 😉
Since the room is painted white, all white bookcases are OUT… I want something that will pop off the wall, I love using weathered wood tones so I definitely want something in that family. Our light fixture and the stone tile has gray in it so I’m also opened to something with gray too.
Today I want to share some of my favorite Costal Farmhouse finds from Amazon with you guys, ’cause who doesn’t love shopping at Amazon? Ever since Ben started working from home my first thought was “crap I guess I can’t have boxes come to the house with out him knowing anymore” haha. This door mat is needed STAT…
(shop funny door mats here)
Seriously though, on the list of the most convenient things to ever happen, Amazon is up there with let’s say drive through restaurants and cell phones. When my kids were little mostly everything in the amazon cart was stuff for them, that I needed asap, but didn’t want to drag two kids out of the house to get. However there is so much more than kid related stuff, it’s crazy that literally anything you can think of is on that website. I’m not sure how often Amazon comes to mind when you’re thinking of home decor items but let me tell you, not only as it quick shipping time, you can also find some good deals and cool decor for your home.
This is our beach house pretty soon after we moved in, I still need to find shelving for either side of the fire place. Shelving will hold art work, pretty objects, and really just make the room feel more complete. In a couple weeks, once school ends for the kids, we will be heading to Cape Cod for the summer!! So I have coastal decor on the brain. It’s been a long wait for this warm season to arrive. I’m so excited to be near the ocean, smelling the salt air and living the beach life. When I think coastal decor I like to put my own farmhouse spin on it. I don’t like to go overboard with beach “y” stuff. I like a good mix of blue, woven materials, metals and glass accents. I wanted to share with you some of my favorite coastal finds from amazon. A few of which are already on their way to the beach house! Yay for convenience and for husbands that can’t see THOSE boxes 😉
What is your favorite? Do you often purchase home decor at Amazon?
Thanks for stopping by and checking it out friends! May your boxes go unnoticed 😉
Want to hear a home decor joke?? What do you get when you put a closet and an office in the same room? A cloffice! I really should be a comedian guys, I mean seriously I kid, I kid. I can hardly remember the punch lines to legit jokes. haha I shared this room makeover on Instagram a few weeks ago, back when my website was still a work in progress. I decided to post about it because I want to recap what we did with a once odd extra room, here on my blog. I know not everyone is lucky enough to have a random extra room to make something out of. However I believe if you have a space that you aren’t happy with, empty it out, purge and start from scratch. Really think about what your needs are for your living situation. Do you need more storage? A place to get ready/dressed? A place to exercise or work? Then go from there or contact me for an e-design!
Back in February we officially grew tired of the bonus room off our master bedroom being a useless room that served no purpose other than collecting random items from around the house. Ben was seriously thinking about starting his own business and working at home (which by the way has now officially happened so good thing I got the ball rolling on this). I knew that if he were to make that jump we would need a much more functional office AKA a space not at the dining table for him to work. At the same time our master bedroom closet was not functioning very well either. It was always a challenge finding our clothes. I was so ready for a closet upgrade 😉 I mean what girl isn’t. Below is a glimpse into the bonus room before the makeover. The desk was too small for the room and floating in the middle which just didn’t make sense visually.
Sorry for the poor quality of images, these are from my Instagram Stories when I gave a tour of what a hodge-podge room this was prior to my “cloffice” plan. You can get an idea of how it lacked a true style or purpose.
I came up with the concept to combine our two needs 1. A more functional office and 2. A big open master closet to access our clothing easier, into one space. I created a design board which alway helps me visualize my ideas. The key to making this double duty room work was to subtly divide the room in the middle with a pretty rug and bench. Like this:
The first step was to completely empty the room and to donate or sell items on yard sale sites. Next was to have a closet company come in and give us a quote on what I had in mind. After doing some research I called Closets By Design to come in and do a layout/estimate for us. I really wanted to see if it would be with in our budget. Luckily it was! With a promotion they had going on for 40% off plus free install, the quote ended up being less than what we anticipated. When does that ever happen?! So needless to say we said heck, YES! It took about 4 weeks for our custom design to be made, the actual install took only about 4 hours at the most. We opted out of drawers and cabinets and that really brought the cost down.
If you are wondering about that little door, it’s a crawl space into our attic. If we need to get inside we can take the clothes down from the bottom, middle shelf and pole off. Luckily that doesn’t happen too often so having this configuration didn’t bother us. So here is the after with all of our clothes and shoes. No long crammed into that dark small closet! I actually like that the clothes hide that random little door and the radiator too.
Can you believe what a different this made?! Before this was such an awkward wall I didn’t know what to do with it. Now compared to our old closet, this new design is so open we can see all our clothes at first glance. I’ve even started to wear clothing I haven’t worn in so long because now I can SEE it! It has made getting dressed every day so much more easier and quicker.
On the opposite side of the closet is a wall of equal width and due to its sloping ceiling is awkward to design and lay out. However a long his/hers desk is really perfect their. We made this amazing 12 foot two person work desk by purchasing 3 of these and two ready to stain wood panels from Lowes. They didn’t even need cutting. To be honest we haven’t even stained them because we liked the natural look of them for now. We also grabbed two of these floor lamps from Ikea. I love how the lamps also have that vintage glam look with the white and gold. The floor lamps work well as they don’t take up any desk space.
I chose this rug (click here) with soft the greens and corals to tie in with our bedroom color scheme and this bench I found at T. J. Maxx which was very similar to the one in the design board above. I love that it is open so you can still see the pretty rug design and it ties in with the black in the beautiful crystal flush mount light (click here) and “office” (click here) sign. This bench (click here) is almost identical to the one I have and can create a subtle division in a room or just simply act as extra seating. These neutral upholstered chairs (click here) are so simple, fun and comfy. I love that they have the lace up detail on the back because you see it right as you walk down into the room. They really dress up our “cloffice”. he he
What do you guys think of our two for one room? I love that a room can work so well together yet serve two entirely different purposes. I used to keep the door to this room shut all the time because looking inside made me cringe. Now I keep it open because I love seeing the twinkle of the chandelier and the pop of color from the rug. It’s a grown up space that makes us feel confident and efficient and that is something we could all use, right?
Thanks for checking out our “cloffice” makeover friends!