How to Choose Trim Colors
Exterior trim is one of those things that most homeowners don’t think about much unless it needs replacing—and even then, many people assume they’ll put up some vinyl siding and call it good. But choosing the perfect color scheme for your home’s trim isn’t something you want to take lightly. After all, it’s a significant part of your home’s interior and exterior space and can play a huge role in how welcoming your home feels.
So whether you’re planning to install new trim work or give your old trim a freshened coat of paint, Brush Strokes Painting can help you find the right color!
Matching Siding Color
The easiest way to match your trim color to your siding is to look at the same color family. If you’ve got brick siding, your trim will be a similar shade. And if you’ve got wood siding, odds are it will be either white or another light color like gray or tan.
If you have different siding installed on your home, consider accenting each type with a complementary color. For example, if you have red brick siding and green shingle siding, try using a dark brown trim to highlight both pieces. Or, if you have a mix of wood and metal siding, use a bright blue trim color to draw attention to both materials.
What Is The Most Popular White for Trim?
There are so many white paints available out there! Which one do you choose? Well, that depends on what you want and how much money you want to spend on your project. But, if you’re looking for the best white paint for trim, here are some favorite picks!
Benjamin Moore Chantilly Lace
Chantilly Lace is one of our most popular colors for trim. Homeowners love how it brings out the warmth in a room without being overpowering. It works well with almost every shade of paint color imaginable.
Benjamin Moore White Dove
White Dove is one of Denver homeowners’ favorite whites. It’s for everything — exterior siding, interior walls, doors and trim, cabinetry, ceilings, and furniture. It works well for every application because it has softness and warmth. And it looks great too.
If you’re looking for a color to paint your home, consider White Dove. This soft, warm white is easy to work with and versatile enough to go anywhere.
EnviroWhite is a water-based product, which is great because it cleans up easily and dries fast. It’s also low VOC, meaning it doesn’t contain harmful chemicals. And since it contains no solvents, you don’t have to worry about fumes while painting either!
Should Doors and Trim Be The Same Color?
If you’re looking for a way to update your home without spending thousands of dollars, consider matching your doors and trim. It’s a simple change that makes a significant impact, but there are a few things to keep in mind.
The most important thing to remember is that your doors and trim should match. This includes the front door, side entryway doors, garage doors, storm doors, patio doors, and even windows. You’ll want to pick a color scheme that works well together. For example, red doors paired with white trim looks great, while blue doors with brown trim doesn’t work nearly as well. Matching colors also helps give the appearance of a unified space.
You can use paint samples, hardware catalogs, and online resources like Houzz to help guide you. Another option is to take a picture of the current state of your entrance and compare it to pictures of what you want to achieve.
Next, decide whether you want to go minimalist or bold. A minimalist approach usually involves keeping the trim and doors the same color. However, if you prefer a bolder look, you can add accent walls, moldings, or decorative elements such as wood panels or wainscoting.
Should All The Trim In A House Match?
Interior designers are often asked about matching doors and trim. This can be confusing because there are many different types of doors and trim. But what do you want? Do you want a specific type of door or trim? Or do you just want something that matches everything else around it?
The answer depends on what you want. If you don’t know precisely what you want, it’s best to start with a general idea. After all, you’re spending hundreds of dollars on your home, and you don’t want to spend money on things that don’t add value.
For example, if you have a bay window in your house, you might choose a specific size of double-hung windows to match the opening size. You could even go one step further and choose a particular style of double-hung windows.
If you already have a set of doors or trim that you like, you can make sure they fit well into the rest of your home. For example, if you have an oak door, you can match the finish or stain used on the rest of your front entryway.
You can also decide whether you want to match the doors and trim to the outside of your home or inside. Outside, you’ll probably want to match the trim to the siding or brickwork. Inside, you can match the trim to the walls and ceilings.
What Color Trim Goes With Gray?
Gray is one of those colors that can go with just about anything. You can make it look like something else, depending on how you pair it with other colors. If you want to keep things simple, consider keeping everything neutral. A few pops of color are always welcome, especially if you’re trying to add some drama to your space.
The trickiest part of choosing a color scheme for your home is picking out shades that work well together. Whether you’re looking for a bold accent wall, subtle accent molding, or a decorative door handle, we’ve got you covered. Here are our favorite tips for finding the perfect trims for your gray walls.
Trim Colors for Gray Walls
White trim can make a room pop, but it doesn’t always look great against darker colors. If you want to add some drama to your space without making it feel too stark, try adding a splash of white trim. Here are three ways to do just that.
Choose a trim style that matches the rest of the room — think wide, thick molding rather than thin, narrow molding.
- Use white trim with a dark wall. This works best for rooms like kitchens, bathrooms, and laundry areas where there isn’t much else going on.
- Add white trim to a light wall. White trim looks especially good on lighter shades of paint because it draws attention away from the wall. Try painting a wall a shade of white that contrasts nicely with the rest of the room. You could even use a slightly off-white wall color that feels less harsh than pure white.
- Go bold with white trim. Choose a bright white trim color that stands out against a dark wall for a truly striking effect. Paint over a large portion of the wall, or go beyond the trim into the ceiling to bring the focus to the trim.
What Sheen Should Baseboards Be?
There are many different types of paint finishes used today. Some are better suited for certain applications, while others are best for specific projects. There are four main categories of paint finishes: matte, satin, semi-gloss, and high gloss. Each category offers unique benefits and drawbacks. Below we’ll discuss each type of paint finish in detail.
This is probably the most common paint finish on trim and baseboard surfaces. Matte finishes offer a very natural look and feel. They are easy to apply and maintain, making them ideal for residential use. However, because they lack sheen, they don’t reflect light well. As such, they aren’t recommended for areas where glare is likely to occur.
Semi-gloss paint finishes are similar to matte finishes, except they contain glossy properties. These finishes balance the natural beauty of matte finishes and the reflective qualities of gloss finishes. Because of this, semi-glosses are often preferred over mattes in commercial settings.
Satins are a special form of semi-gloss paint with a small number of metallic particles added during manufacturing. This makes it possible to achieve a shiny surface without adding a separate coating. While satins tend to shine, they retain many characteristics associated with semi-gloss. Therefore, they are considered a good compromise between the two options.
High gloss paint finishes are the most highly polished forms of paint available. They are typically applied directly onto metal surfaces like sheeting and hardware. Due to their superior appearance, high gloss paints are commonly used for decorative purposes. Although they offer excellent performance, high gloss finishes are extremely difficult to work with. Because of this, they are generally reserved for professional use.
Ready To Choose a Trim Color?
To sum up what we’ve learned about painting your home’s trim:
White is still king. But, in some cases, you’ll want to go bolder. You can do this with a bright color like yellow, orange, red, blue, green, purple, pink, brown, gray, or black.
If you’re looking for something different, try adding a splash of color to your house. Paint your door frames, window frames, trim, and baseboard a contrasting color. This adds depth and interest to your space.
You can also add pops of color to your walls by choosing one wall per room and painting just that wall. If you choose a light color, you can make it pop even further by applying a coat of semi-gloss paint. Or, if you prefer a darker shade, opt for flat finish paint. If you’re interested in having your home’s trim painted, contact your Denver painting experts at Brush Strokes Painting, we can help! Call us today at 720-398-9689.