The Unspoken Rule About Wall Trim: Does it Have to Be White?

When it comes time to pick paint colors, and you’re deciding between which seven shades of “greige” to paint your walls, trim color probably never pops into your head.

Trim is just white, right? I’m already having a hard enough time picking out a wall color, and you’re telling me I need to also pick out a color for trim?

We know, when undertaking a paint job for your home, picking out the wall color is often tricky enough, that it is easy to just go with the default: white trim. But bear with us, it might be worth taking a look into other options.

Think of wall trim like the frame of a painting, it exists to outline and highlight what’s within. In the same way, the right color of trim can serve to highlight that perfect shade of “Smoke Embers” you picked out after 4 sample cans.

How to Pick a Color that Matches the Style You are Going For

The Same Color as the Walls: Another neutral option

If you are looking to stay in a neutral palette, but find that even white trim is contrasting your chocolate brown accent wall too strongly, there is still another option for you. Paint the trim the same color as the walls. This option provides a clean, seamless look, and also provides a blank backdrop if you are planning on hanging lots of artwork on those walls.

A Complementary Color: Add some Flair

But say, you do not want to go down the neutrals road. Instead of letting trim take the backseat, there are some more out-of-the-box solutions that allow you to really make a statement. It can take a bit more planning, as you will need to coordinate the colors to match the decor of the room, but even just adding a pop of color in an area as small as the wall trim, can make a huge difference. Take for example how painting a pale blue trim in a cream colored room, instantly transforms that bedroom into a cozy English cottage.

Black: As Classic as White, but with More Drama

Back in the day, before white trim became the universal go-to, it was very common for trim to be painted darker colors, especially black. The reasoning was that trim tended to surround areas of heavy traffic/abuse (think floorboards and windowsills) and that light colors would show too many scuffs and nicks. Isn’t this still the case in our houses today? So why not choose a bold, yet classic color that also provides some practical coverage?

The Case for White

I know, I know, we just spent time up there building a case, that there is more to the world than white trim. While that is completely true, and we hope you will think twice the next time you go to paint, it does not mean that white is never the right option for you. We cannot deny the reason white has become the default color for painting trim: it goes with everything. White trim gives a room crisp edges, is great with neutrals and bolder colors, and is truly a no-fail option.

So, hopefully we did not overwhelm you by adding another variable to your color selections, but if we did, just give us a call and we will be happy to help you with you color selections.

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