Colored trim can be a great way to achieve an unique look for a special room or even your whole house. This look is perfect for rooms with white walls and amazing molding, so if you have these two features in your home, you should definitely consider painting your trim a color other than white.
For example, this bathroom is already beautiful with its marble tile, free-standing tub, and gorgeous plumbing, but the blue color on all the molding and panels brings this room to a whole other level.
The soft blue grabs your attention and you can’t help but check out all the beautiful trimwork in the room. That bathroom just wouldn’t be the same with white trim and moldings.
Here’s another space, this time a sitting room, that is made more alluring with the help of a soft blue color on the trim and moldings.
Did you notice how the soft blue color on the trim in the sitting room is identical to the blue color on the walls in the living room next to it? What a great way to unify the two spaces. The crown molding in this room is spectacular and that is a detail that would be easily overlooked if it was painted white.
This entryway is tall, dark, and handsome thanks to the black trim, ceiling, paneling, built-ins, and doors. But it doesn’t feel dark and gloomy at all, thanks to the white walls.
Here’s another good example how great trimwork can look when painted in a dark color. The trim, paneling, and ceiling coffers of this dining room are painted a dark gray, drawing your eye to all the excellent trimwork.
The room is styled very simply, which allows the trimwork to truly shine.
When your built-ins are painted a fun color, it’s a great idea to also paint your trim the same color for continuity and greater impact. This desk area in a kitchen is so beautifully unique thanks to the green color of the cabinets, desk, shelves, floor trim, and window trim.
You don’t have to paint all the trimwork in a room, though. If you only want to highlight a special feature in your home, paint only that area a contrasting color. For example, this entryway is made special with the black paint on the arch and columns, while the rest of the trimwork in the space is left white (except for the window on the right). The painted archway frames the other room, inviting you to walk in there.
The dark gray trim highlights the unique shape of the front door in this entryway. Also, note that the rest of the trim in the room isn’t painted, which puts all the focus on the door. However, the crown molding and trim in the next room have been painted the same dark gray, which nicely frames the entryway when you’re standing in the other room.
It’s amazing to see how much of an impact colored trim can have on a room. You could go big and paint all the cabinets, doors, and trim in your kitchen a bold turquoise color…
Or paint all the trim in your dining room a cool black color.
All the dark gray trimwork in this room highlight the beautiful trim, crown molding, mantel, built-ins, and the gorgeous french doors. The light-colored furniture, artwork, and textiles compliment the dark trim perfectly.
If you love color, you’ll love this amazing living room with the raspberry trimwork! Now, this is a room that your guests won’t soon forget. The two pink chairs and the pink pillows work well with the colored trim, but everybody knows who is the true star of this room.
Check out another happy room, complete with orange window trim and crown molding! The orange trim looks great with the light blue walls and the colored trim sets the mood for the room, which is fun and happy with the addition of the disco ball light fixture, the graphic rug, and the colorful art. Click through to see the rest of the room with all of its beautiful painted trimwork.
Colored trim works very well in bedrooms, too. Designer Andrew Howard painted the trim in this bedroom a vivid blue that perfectly matches the wallpaper.
The same treatment is given to this bedroom, with the green trim perfectly matching the graphic trellis wallpaper.
Here’s another bedroom by Andrew Howard, this time a girly bedroom with pink trim in the exact same shade as the pink lamp. Note the pink door and door casing in the reflection in the mirror!
Pink trim is unexpectedly elegant and perfect for girls’ bedrooms! Check out this girls’ room decked out with pink trim, designed by Natalie Clayman. The pink rug works so well with the colored trim.
Colored trim works so well in kids bedrooms; here’s another example of a fun kids’ room with the trimwork painted a vibrant yellow. Since kids’ tastes change so fast, it might be a little easier to paint only the trim when they decide they love a different color than repainting all the walls or buying all new furniture.
And here’s another example of a room with yellow trim, this time a dining room.
Smaller spaces, like bathrooms, can look more interesting with colored trim. This bathroom is just stunning with the trim and door painted black. The sleek black mirror fits in perfectly with the black trim.
You can play with how you want to paint the trim and the walls in your home. Paint in a way that highlights what is unique and beautiful in your spaces. For example, the crown molding and the walls in this hallway are painted a soft gray, while the paneling, door trim, and floor trim are painted white. This paint job shows off all the different trimwork in the space.
Will you be painting the trimwork in a room of your home anytime soon? If you have lots of light, beautiful and chunky trimwork and crown moldings, windows with thick trim and mullions, and high ceilings, colored trim would look great in your home!
Featured and title image via Better Homes and Gardens.
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