We live in an old house that was built in the 1880's. It was originally a dog trot house that several people have worked on and done their own thing too. My issue is this: We have 12 foot ceilings so we have a LOT of wall space. Right now the walls are painted a neutral beige color and ALL the trim is white. I HATE white, maybe it's from all the years of working in nursing and having to wear white uniforms. Anyway, we couldn't for the life of us get the old wood stripped down to the original wood color. We tried sandblasting, stripping, sanding, you name it, the paint was 100 years old and probably lead based but it wouldn't come off. I have old mantels, a big entrance way etc... all painted white. I need ideas on painting all the wood trim in the house. Do I repaint the rooms the new color I want to, and them paint the trim a little darker shade? Or paint the rooms darker and paint the trim a lighter shade? I am just sick of generic beige and WHITE trim. Oh yeah, the trim comes up about 12 inches from the floor, so we have a lot of trim, AND we have like 9 foot windows, the old weighted ones that are huge, and they have trim all around them. I have thought about chair rail all around the room, but those [email protected] windows are always in the way. Somebody give me an idea on what to do. Thanks!! Oh yead, I have all the retro furniture and colors in the house to, so it is not modern by any means. I have antique furniture and my carpet is a neutral beige color too.