The same thing happens when a designer (or perhaps a budget conscious owner) fits out an open kitchen in high-gloss green or red lacquer in a classic Parisian apartment. "Okay," I want to say to them, "I understand that you don't want to live in a museum, or with your grandmother's decor, but honestly, bright green?"
So I guess my philosophy of renovation is that while improvements must be made in the name of comfort and the health of the building, any original features with character should certainly be respected and retained - and they should not be painted in a color that would only be found in science fiction.
Likewise, the cupboard pictured above. It must be made out of some sort of wonderful hardwood like mahogany, because it seems impervious to the all of the wood munching beetles that so damaged the old wood floors. It has a regal aspect, as if it knows it was a point of pride for past owners, who carefully placed their ironed linens on its shelves. Maybe there was room for a few toys near the bottom.
We have not decided yet what to do about the second built-in cupboard. That one is downstairs in the living room. Its door may once have been the same magnificent dark wood color, but it has been painted white. And the inside - you guessed it - is a bright yellow green!