aaron • June 3, 2016 • Comments Off on Deciding Whether to Paint or Stain Your Trim
At times it might be hard to decide whether to paint or stain your trim. It is always advisable to first of all make a decision on whether to paint or stain the trim because it is only after this decision that you will be able to narrow down to a specific choice from among the numerous decisions that are available. Painting is sometimes an expensive way of getting a look that you want and for this reason, it is always possible to use painted trim in some rooms and stained trim in other rooms. For you to achieve this condition of paint stain, just as you change the finish from one room to the other, that is the same time you make the transition as well. This mixed decision can be made by painting one side of the door and staining the other side depending on the decision of a professional designer. Take a look at the following comparison, it can really assist you in making a prudent decision.
A Look of a Stained Trim
A trim will take the stain in a different manner depending on the species of the wood. After selecting the species of the wood that you want to use, it is important to select the character and the type of cut of the wood. If you select an oak trim for example, the staining will be a golden stone. After you have made the decision on which of the stain color to use, you can now decide on the cut of the trim. Some of the choices of the cut that you can select include a quarter sawn, regular cut or any other that looks good to you. As the cut of the oak differs, the grain pattern shall also differ and this will result into a different look.
That is all about the staining but again there is a decision to make. You can decide whether to leave the oak free of any knots and blemishes or just leaving it free like that. Different decisions lead to different looks and by so doing, the prices also vary. Each species of wood will also take stains differently and this is why using the same color of stains on different wood species will always result to different looks.
A Look of a Painted Trim
The requirements for a painted trim sometimes is very advantageous. Painted trim is always very easy to maintain and that is why they are very common mostly in the new houses. Crisp white can be a very nice color in a room that is nicely trimmed out. A room like this will always have a tailored and a clean look to it.
Painting is advantageous because it allows you to use some materials that are less costly. Imagine having a fiber or a synthetic materials for trim in a room. It exactly gives an overall look of a painted trim.
Whichever the style you choose, whether paint stain, stain or pained trim, try to look for a trim that has a defined and sharp edges. The reason for this is to help the trim not to lose its crispness as some do after painting more than once. If still you are in a dilemma between staining and painting your trim, it is advisable that you hire a professional designer.