We get it. We spend our days thinking about wall color, just as much as you do if you’re about to begin an interior design facelift. But what if we told you that you were doing your color choice a disservice by not focusing on the trim color?
The easy answer is to always paint your trim white—but is that actually the correct answer?
Let’s review some options.
Matching Wall and Trim Colors
There is a certain camp of interior designers who believe that your wall and trim colors should actually be the same. This is a trick that decorators and designers often use in small rooms, narrow halls with a lot of doors or rooms with low ceilings. The reason for this is because having a completely cohesive color on your walls makes the trim almost disappear, effectively elongating the space.
If you can’t bring yourself to forget everything you’ve ever thought about wall and trim paint, consider adding just a subtle bit of contrast with a slightly lighter or darker shake for the trim work. You can also play with paint sheens, like using a satin or eggshell on the walls, and a semi-gloss on the trim.
Choosing a Traditional White
White trim is actually less about being “traditional” and more about giving your paint the chance to truly shine. If your room has a darker wall paint, the white will lighten and brighten the space just enough, but also make sure the vibrant color stays in the spotlight.
Your white doesn’t have to be a stark white, either. You can opt for the lightest shade of your wall color, or even a cooler version of white.
Get Bold with Your Color Choice
Do you have some architectural features that must be highlighted in your home? If you absolutely love your tall, bright windows, or you have detailed carving work in your entryway, consider opting for a bold trim, offset by a more subdued wall.
Call us crazy, but it just may work.
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