When we bought our bungalow the living room was DARK. When considering buying it, I had promised myself that I would not succumb to the Tyranny of the Original Trim if we did, having previously owned a farmhouse with gorgeous southern pine trim that demanded I keep it in it's original state lest I severely devalue my house on the real estate market. A proud White Trim lover, I found this demand to be excruciatingly painful to fulfill.
Sacreligious or not, our new trim had to go white or we were going to delve into a deep cave-dwelling depression and none of our friends would ever see us again. The carpet came up, the floors were redone, and voila!