Trim Painting Ideas

There’s a reason why interior trims are known as architectural details. They make a difference. In this context, spending a few extra minutes to brainstorm some smart trim painting ideas is totally worth it.

Let us set our record straight, before anything else. When we are referring to interior trims, we are actually talking about baseboards, crown moldings, door & window casings, wall trims, and similar moldings – like chair rails or picture rails – found in homes.

Trim Painting IdeasWe mention that to state the obvious: with crown molding, for example, defining the meeting point of ceilings and walls, the goal is to use color to make this boundary-point subtle, discreet, or loud. It depends on what you want.

Color can be used to either make trims stand out, as they deserve to do, or remain mute yet beautiful. How can you accomplish your goals? Let’s see.

·         By using the same trim and wall painting color, you make a mute statement. The trims are there but don’t stand out. The transition from one surface to the other – floor-baseboard-wall-crown-ceiling, for example, is soothing and subtle. One sole color for the whole room creates just that: a seamless look. Nothing screams.

·         The transition from one surface to the other is equally soothing and subtle when the hues used for the trims and walls are similar, like when you use different whites or when you use whites and cream shades.

·         Sometimes trims are used to make a statement. You can use accent colors to make them stand out. Another idea is to use accent colors only for a ceiling trim, like a rosette, and keep one color for all other surfaces in the room.

·         A bold statement is made when the trims are painted a contrasting color. As is often the case, the room’s ceiling and walls are painted the same color – white, for example, and the trims are painted a different color that would contrast white, like blue or black.

Let’s talk some more about contrasting colors. It’s bold to paint trims darker colors than those of the wall and ceiling. But it’s bolder to choose a dark color for the walls, like black or midnight blue, and white for the trims.

Beyond white trims

Trim Painting IdeasBlack trims look exceptional, especially when they contrast whites and other bold colors. Of course, you may opt for other colors too, anything from blues and greens to orange. Intense blacks and other bold colors look particularly nice in contemporary homes with light decorations. Heavy interior decorations combined with bold trim colors will make the atmosphere gloomy and classic.

Then again, if you love white trims…

Go for white trims. One secret to achieving the best visual effect is to use white undertones that will match the color of the walls. If the wall color is green, for example, look for whites with green undertones.

Going wild with room colors

Trim Painting IdeasIt’s safe to use whites, greys, beiges, and other neutrals for interior painting. But those who dare to dare may combine the most unexpected hues to create a pandemonium of colors that will certainly make the room noisy but also interesting. Consider the following pairs: yellow & orange, blue & green, lavender & orange, brown & orange, purple & white. You can mix & combine colors that look good together for all surfaces in the room, walls, trims, and the ceiling.

Best trim finishing options

By definition, moldings and trim work in interiors are meant to stand out. In this context, matte finishing options are not suitable for them. It’s always best to choose satin or semi-gloss finish coatings. It’s about trim durability too. Think of how many times things come in contact with baseboards, window casings, door frames, and other trims during the day. From shoes to fingers, there’s constant contact, especially when it comes to doors. Needless to say, doors are usually painted the same color as their casings. Glossy finishes are easier to clean. That’s helpful to remember too.

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