The New Look for Painted Trim? Anything But White

updated May 4, 2019
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(Image credit: Ellie Arciaga Lillstrom)

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 grays 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.

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Go Dark

In this New England rental, the dark moldings ground the space, but it still feels light and airy because of the white walls, floaty curtains, and white accents. It provides some architectural detail with some warmth.

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Bold Hues

Bright red makes an eye-catching statement in an interior doorway. It’s bold enough that you can let this paint treatment speak for itself, meaning you can keep the rest of the design of the space minimal, like in this Cape Town home.

(Image credit: Ellie Arciaga Lillstrom)

New Ideas

In this Seattle Craftsman, the trim is painted a minty green and the owners tied the hue together by also painting the cabinets the same fresh color. The color was Benjamin Moore’s Southfield Green. The resulting look is a bright space, with a retro feel.

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