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erinalter
should the mantle match the wood trim?

I found what I think is the original fireplace mantle in my basement. The mantle has been painted white; the rest of the house's trim is all very dark wood. The floors are pine (medium tone).

My question is: if I want to add the mantel as an accent piece, should I:
1) leave it painted white
2) strip it and stain it to match the trim
3) strip it and stain it another lighter color

Any suggestions?

peterbouchard
Re: should the mantle match the wood trim?

can you simply bring the mantel up and see for yourself if you like it?

Painted white/off white with dark wood and light to medium pine both look fairly nice together.

I've seen painted doors with finished trim and it looks fine too..

ma2804
Re: should the mantle match the wood trim?

I agree with Peter. It's your house so there's no real right or wrong. Do what makes you feel good about it. You could look in magazines, websites, and books to get some ideas from the pictures. If you ultimately decide that the mantle should be dark, you can always strip the paint off it or paint it a complimentary darker color. Again, your choice.

Good Luck.

erinalter
Re: should the mantle match the wood trim?

Thanks for the thoughts. I guess I was wondering more about period faux pas. But since that doesn't seem to be an issue, I suppose I will just do whatever takes my fancy.

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