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Choosing Interior Trim Paint Color

TRIM helps define the architectural style of a room. Interior trim is the molding or millwork used to frame windows, doors, walls, ceilings, and floors. The purpose of trim is to bridge the small gaps between the walls, ceiling, floors, and openings. It is designed to hide joints, gaps, and other imperfections of the surface, however, most people add trim to the rooms because of its bold design statement.


Crown Molding

It is a form of cornice created out of decorative molding installed atop an interior wall. It is also used atop doors, windows, pilasters, and cabinets. Crown molding is typically installed at a 45-degree angle with hollow space behind it.

Door and Window Casing

It defines the boundary of the window opening or door frame. It covers the unsightly gap between walls and door or window frames. It also gives any room an effortless finished look. This trim


Baseboards are the most frequent type of trim found in homes. baseboards range from the very narrow type all the way up to 6-inch wide baseboards ground in many older houses. Baseboards have a variety of available shapes, styles, and sizes to choose from. It dresses up a room and gives a defining line at the bottom of the wall.

Chair Rail

It is installed to protect the wall from chairs bumping into it causing it to damage the wall. Chair rail molding is applied on the wall about one-third of the way up from the floor. This type of trim is most popular in dining rooms.


Wainscoting is a form of decorative wood paneling, which is used on the lower 3-4 feet of walls, in most cases. This versatile trim works well in any room of your house and comes in a variety of popular styles, including shiplap, and headboard. It adds a nice texture to a wall and is commonly found under a chair rail. It is created between the baseboards and chair or picture rail.

Panel Molding

It can refer to a variety of molding profiles most often used to create or4 embellish panels on either flat or recessed surfaces. These moldings are commonly used on doors, walls, architectural paneling, mantels, and cornice assemblies.

Shiplap Paneling

It is a vertical or horizontal board that fits together so that each board overlaps the one below or beside it.


Once you're done deciding the paint color for the wall, it doesn't finish from there. You still have to choose the trim color for ceiling molding, baseboards, doors, windows, and other details which should coordinate with the overall design of the room and wall color. Trim contributes to defining the room's style by adding architectural dimension to the walls. The purpose of the window and door molding is to hide the gaps. These essential factors indicate an opportunity to add color to trim which can create balance and emphasize certain features of a room. Check out the following tips and ideas that can help you decide on choosing the right paint color for the trims in your home.

White Trim

This is the most popular color choice for most homeowners because it is timeless and it gives classic look to any room and it goes well with everything. White creates a subtle contrast to whether the walls have pastel, bright or soft colors. White color trim can also bring a lighter look in a room with the bold or intense wall color.

Darker Trim Than Walls

Painting the trim with darker color can emphasize the windows and door frames and create a contrasted look.

Neutral Trim

Other than white, there are other neutral colors that you can choose such as gray, cream, beige, brown, and black. A neutral color that matches the ceiling is an ideal choice that can create a more intimate feeling in the room.

Trim and Walls Have The Same Color

This is recommended for a small space, it can make the room bigger, gives a more unified space, and create a modern look.

Bold Trim Color

If you are tired of neutral colors, you can try bold colors such as blues, yellows, greens, pastels, and purples. These colors can give a much-desired contrast if your walls are painted with light or white color.


Gloss or semi-gloss sheen is the most popular for trims due to its reflective feature and high durability which is beneficial for areas with high traffic. If your home is old, it is ideal to pick a lower satin sheen to conceal chips, cracks, and other wood imperfections.

Do you want to bring a pop of color to your home or need an interior trim touch-up? Rolling Shades Painting offers trim painting services that meet your needs!

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