For some time white was most favored, but now the range of choice has widened to include ivory, tan, sand, putty, and many tones of gray. Unconsciously white surfaces are often a strain on both eyes and nerves, a good reason for using other colors for interior finishing. The practice among the best decorators at present is to paint all the woodwork, including doors, the same color as the walls.1 Where the wall is papered, however, this is not always possible. Where the paper has a white or cream ground, cream is the best choice for the woodwork. With gray paper paint the woodwork to match, though sometimes white would have an enlivening effect. Where the color is rather intense, as, say, a blue papered wall of rather a heavy color, the woodwork would be better cream than pure white, as white makes a very strong contrast.
Tan, sand and putty, by their very neutrality, are delightful colors, and on the score of cleaning effect a compromise between light woodwork and dark.
Blue, green, yellow, or blue-green are sometimes permissible with ivory walls for the sunroom, or an informal breakfast room and for some bedrooms.....
.... A little experimenting along the lines suggested will open up infinite possibilities of variation in the use of color for woodwork. Generally a neutral and not a dominant tone should be selected for the large surfaces of the wood trim. Touches and accents of color, in the way of linings and stripings in the moldings, may be employed in the more informal rooms, the bedrooms, the breakfast room and the sunroom. In fact, in the finishing of these rooms it is quite permissible to vary our principle of finishing all the woodwork on each floor alike and if desired the wood trim of each room may be done in a different hue according to the color scheme being carried out.