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6 Options For Painting Trim

Posted on Saturday, 31 December 2016

  There are so many decisions to make when you begin decorating a new home or renovating. Something as basic as what colour to paint the trim often causes homeowners hours of deliberation.  How about you?  What decision have you made about painting your trim work? 1.  White/off white This is  the most common solution to painting trim .  It works with every style and is fresh and crisp. 
 Norwich Architect Smith & Vansant Architects PC
Nightingale Design
Even if you have white walls your trim can also be white. Consider changing the paint sheen to semi gloss or gloss if you want to accentuate the trim in a white room.         2. Wood – natural  or stained  There was a period of time when many homes had natural or stained wood trim, but this trend has slipped a little in the last ten years.  When you have wood your decision is often to leave it natural or stain it.  When your floors are also wood, it can help you decide which stain option to go with.  Contrary to popular belief wood trim is not sacred.  If you want to paint it don’t hold back.  Interestingly enough it is mostly men who revere wood. When you choose this application your are making a decision to outline a room.  Make sure this is what you want to accomplish.
 Rebekah Zaveloff  In this space the trim colour is in keeping with the floor tones and is just a little darker.  

With light wood floors you always have the option to choose your trim stain  to work  with your furniture. I think the omission of crown in this space really works well to provide a lofty look and keep the viewer’s eye at living level.

 Gary Earl Parsons, Architect / Muffy Kibbey Photos
Your wood trim  doesn’t have to be dark to be effective.  You often see natural wood trim  in more modern spaces  where the walls are usually a  light colour  Hint. If you want to achieve a lofty look as in the previous room shown, paint your crown the same colour as the wall.
3.  Same colour  as walls
I often use this application in modern spaces or in rooms where there are too many doors.  When you do this a seamless look is created and the walls become the perfect place to display art without  all those lines you get with alternate colour trim. If you have a more traditionally styled home and modern furniture,  painting your trim the same as your walls will provide an updated look. 

Traditional Home
Wondering about chair railing or other paneled effects ?  Rather than removing it, paint it the same as the wall. 4. Colours 

If you are someone who loves colour, this might be the look for you.  It also works well in kids’ rooms.    Beware this application creates strong outlines in a room and can chop up your space. Some would say it adds energy because your eyes are always wandering.
Pink Wallpaper 

Design Crisis  
Centsational Girl
5. Darker Than the Walls This is a good solution in certain spaces. When you paint your trim darker, choose a colour that is roughly two values darker than the walls. This is a great treatment for modern spaces or commercial spaces.
Bernard Andre Photography
 Terri Symington, ASID
6. Black
This is a daring solution for trim.  When used with white/off white  walls it provides a crisp look that is elegant and serious.  Black looks equally good with soft gray walls.
 Architect Neuhaus Design Architecture, P.C.
If you have very ornate trim , black can really accentuate this sculptural element in your home. Don’t be afraid to use it. 

 Linda McDougald Design | Postcard from Paris Home

Lots of options….

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