When choosing a new paint color for a room, most people focus on the color of the walls. It makes sense because that’s what people will notice most when they walk into the room. But it’s just as important to pick the right color for your trim. Whether you have crown molding, wainscot, baseboards, or window frames, these accents really help to frame the space and make the wall color stand out.
COLORS AND COMBINATIONS FOR TRIM PAINT
When it comes to picking the right trim color, you have a few choices. Different color combinations can make different effects and bring attention to different parts of your space. You might want your trim to match the color of your walls, draw attention to interesting parts of the room, or make a bold contrast to add more visual interest.
COMBINATIONS OF PAINT COLORS
Using colors that go well together gives your room a balanced look and feel. In this style, the trim is usually painted in soft neutral colors like white, cream, beige, or lighter natural wood tones. By keeping the trim simple, you can subtly draw attention to the room’s textures and details while letting the wall color take the spotlight. This is probably one of the most common color combinations for trim, since it’s very classic and can be used in a lot of different ways.
If you want something a bit bolder and more modern, you could paint the trim a different color. This method works well when you want to draw attention to cool details, like windows, doorways, and fireplace mantles inside, or windows, doors, and high peaks outside. If your walls are painted in softer, more neutral colors, adding black or dark blue trim is a cool way to make the room more interesting. It also looks good with darker wall colors because it makes the room feel more dramatic.
The monochromatic look is another interesting combination. The idea behind this color scheme is to create a look that blends everything together. You can still see the interesting details in the room, but the trim is the same (or a similar) color as the walls, so it’s much more subtle. This is a common style in rooms that are all white, but it works well with almost any wall color. It feels a bit more modern than the classic option of white trim with soft neutral wall colors. It is subtle, but a bit unexpected. If you don’t want to use the exact same color as your walls, you can still get the same look by choosing a color that is just a few shades lighter or darker than your wall color.
COLORS FOR TRIM PAINT
You can paint your trim any color you want, but there are a few popular colors that are used both inside and outside. White is the first option. White might seem like a safe choice, but it can be quite a bold look, especially when it’s paired with darker or more vibrant colors. Also, there are so many different shades of white! You can go for a classic bright white, a softer shade with warm undertones, or something with cool undertones that looks almost like a soft gray. Think about the color of your walls and look for a shade of white that has the same undertones. (That is, cool white with cool paint colors, warm white with warm paint colors, or a true white for a contrasting look.)
You can also get a similar effect by using black, which is at the opposite end of the color spectrum. Even though black is often seen as a much more dramatic color than white, keep in mind that black is also a neutral color. For a sophisticated look, black shades are a great way to add contrast to white walls or a white exterior. Black also works well with darker colors to bring out details in a room without taking too much attention away from the room’s main color. Black also comes in a lot of different colors, from dark charcoal gray to shiny true black.
Of course, when it comes to painting trim color, you don’t have to stick with white or black! You can choose pretty much any color you want, but keep in mind that you’re always trying to make a balanced look. You can go for a monochromatic look by choosing trim that is close to the color of your walls, or you can go for a bolder, more modern look by choosing colors on the opposite side of the color wheel.
Bergen Rockland Painters can help you change the look of your room by painting the walls, the trim, or both. We can paint the inside and outside of your home, and we can help you choose the best colors for it. To get started, book your free, no-obligation estimate today!