Your Drywall is Like Hamburger, But Your Trim is Like Steak

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You wouldn’t put ketchup on your steak, now would you?  That would be treating it like a hamburger.

 

When you paint your architectural trim like drywall, it’s like putting ketchup on a steak.  It cheapens it – takes it for granted.  Here’s an example:  this is a “before” of a coffered ceiling in a client’s home.  It doesn’t look bad, but parts of it are painted out like the drywall:

Coffered Ceiling As Hamburger

 

We painted out the coffered ceiling completely in the existing trim color (white) and in the same finish (gloss).  The coffered ceiling now reads high-end, more sophisticated.  Like a nice, juicy steak.

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Coffered Ceiling as Steak

 

Do you need another example to convince you?  Ok, here’s an example of columns that were painted  like a hamburger – see the ketchup?

Columns as Hamburger

 

Columns should not read as drywall – they should read as architectural trim.  Painting them out like trim, rather than drywall is the right thing to do.

Columns as Steak

 

See what I mean?  For more advice about paint effects that will make your rooms look updated, read my article about treyed ceilings here, and creating a color palette that flows here and here.

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Andrea Brooks
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Andrea Brooks

Like always, you put it in words everyone can “get”!! I love it and I’m stealing it! 😉

Dana Tucker
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I love your analogy. Your visuals really made your point. I love how you take the time to show the importance of getting every single detail right in a room. Great post, as usual 🙂

Jacqueline
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What a huge difference, we have basic flat columns in our living room with no trim. They need something to make them a bit more interesting.

Noelle Warner
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Noelle Warner

I totally agree!

Heidi@warline.ca
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Kristie, this is great advice and one I will be sharing and using with my clients. Another great benefit of painting out the pillars in trim paint is how much more durable they would be. And washable. All those finger prints easily wiped off.

Thank you.

KHiles
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KHiles

I can’t wait to do this at our house! The columns in the entry way/dining room will look amazing and it will make the dining room look so classy. I’ll send you after pictures when it is complete!

amy@maison decor
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hah! love this explanation!

Allison
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Allison

Love it Kristie!!! What is that beautiful blue in the new dining room? I need to see if that color will work in my Kitchen!

Sheila Zeller
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Agree! As always 🙂 But with the befores & afters, you would have to be living on another planet not to!!! What’s to love in the befores, what’s not to in the afters? Have a great weekend, Kristie, and good luck with the closet project…

Ellen at Color Calling
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Kristie, unbelievable! You really showed them your stuff. Very nice work indeed.

Carol Standil
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Well done, Kristie — you win the headline of the week award (who wouldn’t be just a little curious to read this!) — and then you just tied it up in a bow with those great examples…

"Lucy"
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I agree with you. I have a coffered ceiling in my 20’s Spanish style home. It was painted an ugly gaudy brown. The first thing I did is paint it a glossy bright white. That’s my taste anyways. I do love people painting things that fit them. That’s important I think in making a house a home. So to each his own:)

Lisa Moon
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I totally agree, Kristie!! The only problem in our area is that most (no, almost ALL) homes have texture on their drywall, and it’s usually a heavy sprayed texture like heavy orange peel or Monterey. You’d have to refloat the areas in question, which adds to the expense and no longer makes it a DIY job. But I think you’re absolutely right, it’s so worth it!

LIsa

Linda
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Linda

Great post, great title and great content! Good job Kristie!

Linda Beam
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Great advice with a wonderful analogy! I love BM’s Imperial Gray. I’ve used in it many houses and it never fails to look amazing and ‘work’ despite the style of the house. Thanks for your great blog.

Barbara
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Barbara

That’s why people hire the professionals! Go go girl!

Nicole
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Nicole

You really have a gift for explaining design concepts in everyday language. I completely agree that the coiffured ceiling looks so much better in all trim color. Do you think this advice applies to the tray ceilings often found in master bedrooms? I am at a loss for what to do with mine, which is painted a combination on wall color and trim color.

Jen
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Wow, great explanation. We have a weird column in our home, too, and as I’m preparing to repaint the lower level, I have no idea what to do with the thing! This is definitely food for fault.

Hm, how much do you charge to drive up to Columbus? 😉

Holly
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Agree! But totally guilty of slapping on the ketchup 🙁 I know once we move I’ll be more inclined to paint the trim the right way and not the easy way.

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