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We have recently got new oak cabinets in our kitchen.  They are a medium to slightly dark color. We are also replacing the trim on the windows and the floor boards.  Is it OK to have the windows and floor boards a light natural color while the cabinets are darker?  We will stain one window to match the trim and a bay window we will have to strip and stain.  The old wood color is very old and I want to lighten up the kitchen so all the wood is not so dark. Please give me some tips so we can make it look nice.  

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Hi Cheryl,

Thanks for selecting me as your expert.

There is no design rule about matching cabinets to window trims and moldings.  As a matter of fact, if there were a rule, it would be the opposite.

Trims and moldings, including built-in shelves, should be the same from room to room, i.e., all painted OR all stained.  

Moldings and trims are contrasting in color - by design.

Having said all that, I would paint the trims and moldings in a bright white which will accomplish all that you want.

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Jennifer Wojcik
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