I didn't get too much done on the building front today; it was clean and organize day instead. I did do a little research about Victorian wood trim. The information I go was all over the place. I know a lot of it was very dark and one resource said that often it was pine with a walnut stain and artificial woodgraining. I picked up a little can of walnut stain to try, decided it was too dark, and tried a couple of other stains I have around the house. Here they are laid out on my 'maple' kitchen table:
From left to right; walnut, Early American, mahogany. At first I found myself preferring the mahogany.
Then I placed the staircase and samples on some wallpaper. It wasn't the best way to tell, because I am not at all certain these particular papers will go in the house.
In the end, I think I actually like the walnut best after all; it gives a nice contrast. Perhaps a softer, warmer brown? Pecan?
There's still time to figure it out. Selecting colors always seems harder than it should. Why is that? Yeesh!
On the real-life mini front, the baby mockingbirds are starting to feather out nicely. They hardly fit in their nest any more!