Re: To paint or not to paint my trim
You just need better lighting. There are old-time floor lamps that have one 200 watt bulb in the center (mogul-base) and 3 @ 100 watt bulbs surrounding it, with a four-way rotary switch. Put two of them in a dark room and it won't be dark at all. Think of a series of warm, highly-detailed and interesting rooms rather than a dingy dark room. It can be both dark and rich. It's all in how you decorate it and light it.
Remove not the ancient landmark, which your fathers have set.