How to Incorporate Old Home Trim in Modern Interior Design

In this photo below, you’ll notice the second design challenge in my series on interior design for older homes. Here, my challenge was incorporating┬áthe existing, stained trim and molding into my modern interior design.

Since this is an older home, the trim is made of gumwood. Gumwood, which features a lovely, soft tone and a golden undertone, was once a common feature but is now a rarity, making the high baseboards and French doors works of art.
To preserve and complement the trim, the perfect color palette is key. The walls feature paint and Phillip Jeffries wallpaper in neutral shades of white, as well as a stark white ceiling in the living room.

The fabrics for upholstery and window treatments feature shades of gold, black and white. The result is a warm, formal look that neither overpowers nor contrasts with the gumwood trim.

Working with older homes around Boston with unique challenges is my specialty. Contact me now for a consultation at 617-699-9462, and stay tuned for the last challenge in my series on interior design for older homes.

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A red area rug adds a pop of color to the formal and sophisticated living room that works the old trim into the modern design. Source: Chrisicos Interiors.