Re: can I use stained and painted molding together
I would think that both could be married in the same room and still look nice. I've only installed stained crown a few times, and each time was over paneling, so everything blended nicely. My last house I installed hardwood floors and oak baseboards, but left the white trim on the doors and windows, again, it all looked great. If you're uncertain as to which you'll like better, spend $20 for a piece of stain grade trim and a small can of stain, and a piece of paint grade trim and a small can of white paint. Do up both samples and them tack them in place to see which you like better.
As a general rule, I think that painted crown is more elegant, unless it's directly against natural or stained wood, then of course matching crown would be best. I've had instances where white painted crown is used around a room, transitioned to stained as it passes across cabinetry, and then back to painted again.
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