Who Said That You Have to Paint Trim White?

What color should you paint your trim?  White is easy (except when you go to choose between 240 white options, all with different undertones).  But don’t you ever wish for something different – something to add some punch and personality to your rooms?  Why not paint the trim in a COLOR?  You could paint the walls white/cream, then add your favorite color to the trim – like in this  cozy bedroom:

Domino

 

Afraid of choosing a color that isn’t as “classic” as white?  Go with black or charcoal – totally works with both traditional and modern interiors   My friend Leif painted all her thick baseboards gloss black, and her place looks like a New York penthouse!

The Lettered Cottage

 

via PaperWhiteJ

 

You could choose a color that compliments the wallpaper you’ve been dying to hang, like this:

via Shelterpop

 

You may have the fear that painting your trim a specific color (other than white) is too edgy or bold for you.  Or, that it “locks you in” to a specific look for the next 10 years.   Painting the trim a color can actually be a subtle way to add interest and highlight architectural details (like great trim). 

Too Yellow’s photostream via Flickr

 

When my family moved into Stonebrook 10 years ago, we painted the trim (and the ceilings) in several rooms on the main floor of the house in Benjamin Moore’s Prescott Green HC-140.   It is still Prescott Green, and I have never regretted it.  In fact, I’d love to paint out my kitchen cabinets in that color now!

Kristie Barnett

 

Have you considered painting your trim a color other than white?  Why or why not?

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Naturally Carol
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I love the black and white..the room still looks bright and airy because of all the white in between the black…loving it!

Kelly, Arte Styling
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Kelly, Arte Styling

LOVE colorfully painted trim. I wish more people would embrace it on their homes. Thanks for putting together this great group of images. Your Prescott Green looks beautiful.

Kelly
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I love to paint the trim when the architectural details are interesting and I really want to make them stand out and say ” Hey, look at me!” . Great post Kristie, as always!

Michelle @ Faith, Trust, and a Little Pixie Dust
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Hi Kristie, I’ve really been thinking about painting a closet door & trim an unconventional color. These photos are inspiring me to take the leap. And thanks for the cami tip on my blog.

Warmly, MIchelle

Ashley @ DesignBuildLove.co
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I totally LOVE the look, but have always been nervous to do this because I wouldn’t know how to transition trim colors from one room to the next…??? Looks great though!

Danielle@freshquince
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So true!!!

Lee
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very fresh! often this look reminds me of the Florida Keys – I like it!

Stephanie@cre8tive
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Hmmm… I like the idea of painting trim and molding another color other than white. But darn, all my molding and trims are white, I might need to rethink this idea.

A Creative Interior
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Great post! Wish more people would try this! So unique and very dramtic!

Deanne
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Deanne

Love this idea! Adding to my list of things to try…Very insipired!

Chez
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Chez

Wow I had never thought of having white walls and colored trim. Love that idea and the first pic (with yellow trim). Question though – should the trim be the same color through the whole house? Is it okay to have white trim in some rooms and cream trim in others (based on bossy hard materials like stone/tile in the different rooms)?

Karmin Brooks
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Karmin Brooks

I love your dining room. I am planning to paint a room yellow with green trim and was searching for examples when I found this. Could you tell me the color of yellow you used? I am wanting soft, historical looking colors not bright crazy ones. Thanks!

Vickie Daniel
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Vickie Daniel

I want to paint my trim in my powder room trim gray but I not ready to do that through the entire house. Where do I stop the color? Do I only paint (gray) want I can see from the bathroom with the door closed?

Vickie Daniel
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Vickie Daniel

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I want to paint my trim in my powder room trim gray but I not ready to do that through the entire house. Where do I stop the color? Do I only paint (gray) where I can see from the bathroom with the door closed?