Currently we have woods beams in our living area. They are not really cherry wood, but a darker color. My question is do I match the trim and floor to it? We are going to be putting in wood floors and don't know how to match it? The same with the floor trim, as well as the trim around the doors. Should doors match? Do we find a different shade, but still in the color family? Any suggestions or pics would be appreciated.
It depends on whether or not you want the room to look prominent with the wood color or not.
A more modern room would probably prefer to water down the beams instead of highlighting them. Also remember that the darker the ceiling, the lower the room will look, (which can add to intimacy in a bedroom but be more claustrophobic in a small living room).
I happen to have beams in my Master bedroom. They were dark and distressed. They looked just fine with that color years ago because I was in country mode then. The woodwork was white and the floors were dark wood.
Now I have completely changed my taste and rather than spend the money to take the beams down I decided to minimize that look by painting them the same color as the ceiling which reflected the lightest color of the wall color swatch, so that my Master bedroom ceiling and beams are now a very pale grey-white because the walls are light grey to charcoal (on the headboard wall). Woodwork, trim and doors remains white. Floor is now carpeted grey (thanks to a DH who insists upon it!)
Hope this gives you a picture.
We also have wood beams (more natural cherry stain), same stain color on all trim (baseboards, windows, doors). Our ceiling where the beams are are a natural pine color (light). We will be replacing our ugly carpeting with hardwoods at some point also.
Here is what I know about living with that much wood. It's a lot of wood. I've been very tempted to paint our trim white to brighten everything up. It will really affect the paint colors you choose and the overall feel of the room. If you like the feel of wood, then go for it. I would keep the trim stain the same as the beams, but do the flooring another color - probably lighter. I can't imagine trying to match hardwood floors with stained baseboards - nightmare.
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