How Do You Take Your Trim?

Many of you may not remember but back in the 1990’s a very popular paint trend was white walls with very dark green trim. In fact, my husband and I painted the living room in our very first house that exact combination and I loved it. Of course way back then,  I knew nothing about color “flow” and in the adjoining room I painted the walls yellow and the trim blue.

Today though, most people seem to default to some type of white trim. Although white is perfectly fine (although which white?) there are actually 3 different ways to handle trim color.  So before you grab that can of white I hope you will give all three options some thought.


Option #1.  Light Trim with Darker Walls.



This is by far, the most common, and is a perfectly good way to paint a room. White or light trim gives a nice clean look that makes the wall color pop.


Option #2.  Darker Trim, Lighter Walls.



Looking for a little drama? Black or dark trim could be just what your room needs. Dark trim will make beautiful architectural features the show stopper in the room and if you live in house where the moldings are worth showcasing this might be the way to go.

Not quite ready for such a dramatic statement? How about a soft color on your trim? Although not as dramatic as black it will still draw attention to a beautiful room feature.





Don’t you just love the orange painted window trim as the one pop of color in an otherwise very white kitchen?





Option #3. Trim and Wall the same color.




Rooms with awkward doors or uninspiring trim can benefit by painting out everything the same color. The room will become more of a seamless box and the furnishings can take center stage. A bedroom is a great place for option #3 because bathroom and closet doors chop up the wall space. By painting everything out the same color, the bed can take center stage and the room becomes more relaxing and unified.



Even though this room below is a hot bright color, it still looks relaxing and almost reads as a neutral due to the fact that the entire room is all wrapped in the same color.



Can’t decide between option 1, 2, or 3? …maybe this photo below will be the newest trend in painted trim.






So how do you take your trim? Would you still default to white or are you an option #2 or #3 type?

Are you planing on painting in 2012? Please give me a call if you would like help choosing trim or wall color.

12 Responses to How Do You Take Your Trim?
  1. Nancy Alwin Reply

    Great post, hope you won’t mind if I share?
    Posting it on the FB page for the paint store I work at in Portland, OR. Thanks a million~Nancy

  2. kristie@thedecorologist Reply

    I must say I have never done Option #3 – I’ve always thought that to be a bit of a lazy look, but I can see how that might be a good option in some situations. I remember they did that a lot on Trading Spaces, and I think they did it so they didn’t have to bother taping off trim or painting it a different color! I love using other trim colors besides white, but I do find most clients are hesitant to try it. Great post!

  3. Kelly Reply

    Love, love the orange trim in the kitchen. So beautiful and fresh! That would be hard to convice a client to try- but look at the results! Gorgeous.

  4. Sheila @SZInteriors Reply

    What a great post, and the photos are beautiful. If I had the home, I’d take my trim black please! I love that one 🙂

  5. Jill Dippman Reply

    You have always had an eye for color and design ever since I have known you.

    I love that picture of the porch with the soft aqua trim. I don’t think I will ever tire of an aqua/white combination. Not too sure about the birch tree although the silvery white texture is nice. I really love your blog!.


    • Linda Holt Reply

      Jill, thanks so much and I really appreciate that you take the time to read my blog.

  6. Kris Reply

    I like #2, is that black or a very dark brown paint??? I have those same moldings and I’m looking to do something similar.

    • Linda Holt Reply

      Kris, the molding is painted black.

      • Kris Reply

        Thank you! I thought maybe it was a very dark brown… Scared to go black but it looks so nice!

        • Linda Holt Reply

          Kris, be sure to test it. There are lot’s of different blacks so try one out first in one area and live with it for awhile to make sure it is suitable for your house. Good luck!

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