Decorating & Furniture/molding in Victorian


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Hello, We have an 1889 Victorian home outside of Boston.  The house has been almost entirely gutted/renovated.  In doing so, the previous owner painted all the woodwork, molding, window casings, doors, etc. white EXCEPT the mail entry, and main stairway to 2nd floor, living room, and dining room.  I feel that those areas seem so much darker than the rest of the home (even with all new lighting).  And, I wonder if it is awkward to have only parts of the first floor stained, while the rest is white?   Would you suggest painting white or leaving it stained?

Hi Erica,  The unpainted areas probably do look darker and not only that but it may even look like someone started a paint job and then left the job unfinished. I would suggest painting these areas out in white as well, doing so will create a flow through the home and and make the place look more uniform.   

I also offer an 'Ask the Decorator' service on my website. I would be happy to be of further assistance to you if needed.
Thank you, for your time.

Shamim Razvi
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I can answer anything in general about decorating, i.e. Space planning,colour co-ordinating, furniture placement, choosing the most suitable accessories,fabrics,lighting, window, wall and floor treatments. I cannot answer questions about structural or architectural changes.


I have been decorating for the past five years and running my own decorating business: The Eighth Haven,, for over a year.

I am a graduate of QC Design School, in the field of Professional Design and Decorating as a certified Interior Decorator and Professional Colour Consultant.

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