Trim can completely transform the look of any room – large or small, classic or modern. Even so, selecting the colour and finish for the trim is often an afterthought in the design process. Sharon Grech, Benjamin Moore Colour & Design Expert shares her tips and advice for getting it just right.
A little colour goes a long way: It may be hard to believe now, but there was a time when it was common to paint trim darker than the wall colour – even black – in hopes of hiding dust and scuff marks. Fortunately, recent improvements in the adhesion and durability of interior paints, such as the Advance Waterborne Interior Alkyd Paint by Benjamin Moore, mean that any colour on the spectrum can be used without these concerns. However, that doesn’t always mean that white should be your go-to colour. “White can sometimes provide too bold a contrast with your wall,” says Grech. “It can strip the nuance and complexity of your carefully chosen shade. Save white for areas and spaces that have features you want to highlight, such as crown moulding.”
To break free from white, Grech suggests trying a monochromatic approach. This will complement your wall colour and make the room feel larger. Moving up and down the paint chip strip, you can go lighter or darker on the same sample strip, or move across to find a ‘greyed-out’ version of your selected shade. Sharing pigments between your wall and trim is an easy method to ensure that your colour scheme makes a big impact.
Sheen matters: “Another trend I love, and one that is growing in popularity over recent years, is using the exact same colour for both wall and trim,” says Grech. This option is well-suited for small spaces, or rooms with minimal architectural features. This approach encourages the eye to view these areas as a continual space. In this case, sheen becomes an important factor. A glossier finish not only repels dust and dirt, but can provide a subtle visual break without disrupting the sense of space. If you prefer a less glossy look, Grech suggests painting trim with a pearl finish instead of high gloss.
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