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How to Mix Wood Stained Doors with White Trim (with examples!)

Can you have white trim with wood doors? Yes! See examples of stained doors with white frames and read our tips for executing this combination, beautifully!

We have a mix of painted white and stained wood trim throughout our home. Apparently, many of you do too, because mixing wood and white trim is the most popular post on my site. One of the most common questions I receive in response to that post is: “Is it ok to have stained wood door with white trim?”

So, today, I’m tackling that question specifically. We have wood doors with white trim in several locations in our home. I’ll show you those examples, as well as examples in other home. We’ll talk about the pros, cons, and what to consider when pairing white trim with wood doors.

can you mix wood stained doors with white trim?

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I love our home’s mixed trim colors. Often times, people are hesitant to mix trim colors, but it can be done, beautifully. I won’t go into detail in this post, but you can readHow to Mix Wood and White Trimfor all the tips and tricks.

When mixing trim colors, the doors can get tricky. What if one side of the door (let’s say, the hallway) has white trim, and the other side of the door (a bedroom, for example) has stained wood trim. What do you do with the door? Paint it? Stain it?

The answer is: It depends.

Interior Stained Wood Door with White Trim

Our dark green eclectic master bedroom has green painted trim. The bedroom door is located just off the entryway of our home, which has white painted trim.

In this case, there are several options:

  • Paint the door dark green, to match the bedroom
  • Paint the door white, to match the entryway
  • Leave the door stained wood
  • Paint the door white on one side and green on the other side

We chose the 3rd option. Leaving the door stained wood allows it to complement both the entryway and the bedroom.

Wood Stained Door with White Trim Door Frame

Neither a white door in our green bedroom, nor a green door in our light entryway, would have felt very cohesive.

I do not generally (see note, below) recommend the last option. Painting a door two colors is difficult and typically ineffective. If you leave the interior doors in your home open, it doesn’t make much sense to match the side of the door (when closed) to its corresponding room.

Note: I do make exception for exterior doors. For example, our front door is painted black on the exterior side; but is white on the entryway side.

Pros & Cons

So, now you know you can leave your door stained, even if you paint your trim white. But, you could also paint the door white. What are the pros and cons of a stained door – instead of a white door – paired with white trim?


  • Cleaning – stained doors don’t show dirt and grime like white doors do
  • Durability – stained wood finishes are more durable than painted finishes which can chip
  • Effort – if the door is unfinished, staining is (in my opinion) quicker and easier than painting
  • Labor – if the door is already stained wood, you don’t have to spend time or money painting


  • Price – if you are buying a new door, primed doors are cheaper than solid wood doors

Examples of Wood Doors with White Trim

Let’s take a look at 5 examples of wood doors with white trim. In this list you’ll find dark wood doors, light wood doors, solid wood doors, hollow core doors, antique doors, and more!

Dark Wood Doors with White Trim

This dark wood stained door pops against the bright white trim and walls. The wood stain ties in with the dresser and helps give this landing a modern, eclectic feel.

stained wood door with white door frame trim

Antique Doors with White Trim

In this photo from Young House Love’s beach house, there are tall, light-stained, antique doors with white trim work in a hallway. The wood doors add warmth and character to an otherwise neutral color palette.

hallway with white trim and stained doors

Hollow Core Doors with White Trim

While it would be nice to replace all our hollow-core doors with solid wood, that isn’t in the budget. You don’t have to install beautiful, solid wood doors in order to pair wood with white – hollow core doors can be paired with white, too!

Wood Stained Door with White Trim Door Frame

Light Wood Doors with White Trim

Unfinished, light wood doors look beautiful in this airy bedroom by Hello Lovely Studio. Made with alder wood, part of the birch family, the light color keeps the doors from feeling visually heavy – while still adding warmth to the space.

light wood door with white trim

Antique-Style Wood Doors

Not actual antiques, The Minted Vintage, made these unfinished wood doors look aged with her staining technique. The warm mid-tone wood finish looks lovely with black hardware and white trim.

Wood Doors with White Frames

Do you have stained doors with white trim (or any painted trim, for that matter!)? I’d love to see photos to share with my readers.

So often, people want to paint their trim white, but they’re hesitant to do so. It’s intimidating to paint trim white, when you think you have to paint all of the interior doors, too!

stained wood door with white trim

Not to mention, there are downsides to painted white doors (shows dirt, paint chipping, etc.). When you realize you don’t have to paint doors to match trim, it makes painting trim less daunting.

So, I hope this post has encouraged you. If you want white trim, but also like stained doors, then embrace wood doors with white frames!


Can you have white trim with wood doors?

Yes. Wood doors pair well with white door trim. It is not necessary to pain the door to match the trim.

Is it OK to have white trim with stained doors?

Yes. Stained doors are durable, timeless, and easy to clean. You can paint trim white and leave the doors wood.

Should door trim be the same color as the door?

It can be, but it doesn’t have to be. Either is fine! Both white doors with wood trim AND wood doors with white trim are great options. Wood doors look great with most trim colors.

Does white trim go with oak doors?

Yes. White trim goes with oak, pine, birch, walnut, etc. Both dark wood and light wood doors look great with white trim.

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Saturday 9th of September 2023

We have orangish stained hollow core doors that I’d like to redo-possibly re-stain. If the doors get re-stained with new stained trim, what about the doorjamb? Because of the labor involved with sanding and re-staining the doorjambs, would painting look okay, or not? Thanks!

Lora Green

Thursday 19th of October 2023

@Regina, if you are replacing the trim around the door, I'd be inclined to try to match the door jamb to the trim. However, I understand it might be difficult to sand and re-stain. If the new door trim will be darker, you could try using a gel stain on the door jamb to get a close match. If the new door trim will be lighter, you could try using mineral salts to remove the stain or simply lighten the stain on the door jamb. Try a small spot to test it, first. Good luck!

Lora Green

Wednesday 18th of October 2023

Yes, it would definitely be ok to paint the door jambs! They don't have to match the doors. I paint my door jambs to match the trim in a room, not the doors.


Monday 31st of July 2023

Thanks so much for this timely article, Lora! We priced out changing all our hollow core doors for new and because they would have to install pre-hung with the trim, the cost was over $10,000, way out of budget considering all the other projects we had! I am having my laundry/mud room painted now and had decided to keep the doors wood stained because it is high traffic and I know that they will chip quickly if we paint them. So glad to get this confirmation that it is okay!

Lora Green

Thursday 19th of October 2023

@Amy, wow! So much $$$! I'm so glad to here that this article and photos encouraged you to embrace your stained doors (while saving money and time, too!).