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Does Interior Trim Have to Be Painted White?

Vanilla ice cream is tasty, but to many of us, it feels a little plain. We are much more likely to get excited about rocky road, chocolate chip mint, cookie dough, or another flavor with more color, texture, and variety. Is that what it’s like when interior trim is painted white? Is it a boring vanilla that leaves you longing for a bit more flavor and excitement? Or should we think of white as the vanilla ice cream that makes a perfect companion for brownies, for cake, and for all kinds of pies? How should we paint interior trim?

White is an excellent color for your interior trim, as we will discuss below. However, it is not your only option; there are many wonderful ways to choose paint colors for your trim, and we will explore those as well.

Interior Paint Color Ideas: the Case for White Trim

It is not because people are boring and uncreative that white became the standard for painting interior trim. Rather, it is because white trim has several significant advantages. First, white matches with pretty much anything, so you can use it as your trim color without worrying about clashing or visual chaos.

Because it works with all colors, white trim also creates a unifying effect between the other interior paint colors in your home. For example, if your kitchen is gray and your living room is blue, but they both have white trim, the two spaces feel coordinated, rather than disjointed.

A second reason for white trim is that it provides a pleasing visual frame to your space. When you use white interior paint for baseboards, door trim, window trim, crown molding, and/or chair rail, these details stand out crisply and they draw attention. It gives visual definition to your rooms.

Finally, white paint feels fresh and clean (as long as it is kept fresh and clean!).

Other Paint Color Options for Trim

In recent years, there has been a noticeable trend towards using black and silver-gray for interior trim. Because these shades are on the darker side, they work better with light colored walls. For example, a light gray wall looks very sharp and stylish with silver gray or black trim. Other very light colors will also work, such as white, light blue, cream, or light beige.

Another way to plan your interior trim colors is to use a different shade of the same color on your walls and trim. For example, if you have a sage green wall, you could paint the trim a darker tone of the same green. Another example could be if you have a medium blue wall, the trim could be a lighter blue.

Finally, for an even bolder look, you can use the color wheel. Adjacent colors are those that are next to each other on the wheel, like green and blue, or yellow and orange. These colors tend to make a pleasing pair. Another way to use the wheel is with complementary colors, which means hues that are opposite each other. For example, green and red, yellow and purple, orange and blue. These highly-contrasting colors provide a very bold pairing that can work well in some spaces.

Southington Painting

If you are thinking about changing the color of your interior wall or trim paint, or if you simply want to refresh your rooms, Southington Painting would be delighted to help! Our interior painting crews are dedicated to excellent customer service and exceptional painting. When you work with Southington Painting, you can be assured of a pleasant experience and beautiful results!

Serving Connecticut since 1979, Southington Painting offers interior painting, kitchen cabinet painting, exterior painting, carpentry, epoxy floor coatings, drywall services, and much more. We are happy to provide a free estimate for any kind of house painting services. Simply give us a call, or use our online scheduling tool. We look forward to hearing from you!

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