The New Look for Painted Trim? Anything But White

The New Look for Painted Trim? Anything But White

Eleanor Büsing
Feb 1, 2015

For a long time now, white-painted woodwork has been de rigeur in the domestic interior, so much so that it's almost a foregone conclusion. But this is slowly changing: we've seen black woodwork popping up lately, and now greys and bold hues are making their voices heard as well. If you fancy this change but aren't sure what to go for, let this trim-spiration sourced from around the web be your guide.

All Black Everything

  1. Trim, bookcase, even the ceiling gets the dark treatment in this entryway, found via the New York Times.
  2. Black works wonderfully on the skirting and window frames in this bathroom from the Huffington Post, as well as the feet of the tub and vanity front.
  3. So much trim in this room! It looks chic in glossy black, helped no doubt by the high ceilings and large windows. Found on Liz Marie Blog.
  4. This glamorous space found on Decorpad may only use two colours, black and white, but it's full of personality.
  5. Bold black window frames and white everything else here, and I think it works terrifically. Via Domaine.

Neutral Grey

  1. A barely-there grey looks right on the woodwork in this bight and airy home from Light Locations.
  2. In this glam and traditional entry, found via Blu Label Bungalow, two shades of grey play nicely together.
  3. Soft grey trim works in a modern country cottage from Savvy Home, offset by dark beams and edging strip.
  4. Having incredible trim is a great reason not to let it hide in white paint. The beautiful windows in this dining room, via South Shore Decorating Blog, look great in grey.
  5. This period home with modern decor looks fantastic with just a hint of grey on the door frames, leading the viewer though to the next room. From Desire to Inspire.

Bold Hues

  1. Bright green woodwork proves that in the right space, anything works. From The Jungalow.
  2. This pale grey-blue shade looks sweet in a country-style entryway. Image via Lauren Liess.
  3. Teal trim manages to be both bold and elegant at the same time, as Tereasa proves in her Modest Cottage House Tour for Apartment Therapy.
  4. Bright coral works surprisingly well in a modern home in Uruguay, found on Casa Vogue.
  5. The palette in this green-trimmed room is rich and dramatic, and cozy to boot. Via Plascon Trends.

New Ideas

  1. Maybe you can't decide whether you want to go for black, grey or a bright color... this room, via Mad About the House, uses all three.
  2. For a more subtle take, how about just a strip of bold color along the tops of the skirting board, as in this office featured on Dezeen.
  3. For a door that's often open, this frame-to-wall-color trick is a fun way of leading the eye throughout a space. Via Desire to Inspire.
  4. Remember, you don't have to paint all your trim. Here, a pale champagne cornice lends an elegant air, while the rest of the trim is white. Image from Better Homes and Gardens.
  5. If that's not enough bling for you, go all out and gold-leaf the thing already, as in this space found via ECLEC Chic. Hey, why not?

Would you consider any of these ideas in your home? Or is your trim mantra all white, all the time?

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