Paint Colours That Play Well with Wood Trim
Ok, so I’m still a white-paint-loving freak. But man oh man some of the natural wood in home is darn beautiful. I recently moved into a heritage home apartment with the original wood doors and some of the trim and it’s spectacular. So yep, I’m doing a post on how to choose colour that works with natural wood trim.
I appreciate natural wood trim in many cases, actually - especially when it's in good shape and has character. No need to paint out something so naturally beautiful and calming.
By keeping wood trim and/or doors you’re allowing nature into your home. The wall colour you choose to go with it will either play it up or tone it down.
For example, if you have very yelllowy or reddish wood, you could neutralize it a bit with a cool tone paint colour on your walls. If you’d like to play up your wood, use a warm colour on the walls.
Or, as I most often suggest, go with a light neutral paint colour on the walls that will go with anything and feel modern and bright. It will go beautifully with wood trim and wood furniture pieces.
Below find my go-to paint colours that play well with wood. I break the colours out by category and show beautiful inspiration photos to illustrate. Note: I like Sherwin William's colours and paint quality, so I've referred to them here. But if you prefer another brand, simply have them colour match for you.
White and off-white colours that go with wood trim
As you can see below, whites and off-whites work so well with wood trim. White is my favourite colour choice with light wood trim, as it's natural, fresh and a beautiful light backdrop for life. White even works with dark wood trim; it will be high contrast, but that's a modern look that can work if you dig that kind of thing. And you can soften the contrast with layers like curtains, rugs, pillows and artwork.
Grey and Greige paint colours that work with wood trim
Neutral and cool greys and greiges work really well with wood trim to neutralize their warmth- which can be a lot when you have a lot in a space - as you can see in photos below. Grays and greiges will make the space feel much more modern, and if you stay on the light side it will still brighten your space.
Dark and Deep Paint colours that work with wood trim
If you're not digging light or grey walls you might go for dark and dramatic with black, dark slate or midnight blue. They're stunning with dark wood trim, and will create a cozy moodiness. Get some light bouncing into the room in other ways by using light curtains and decor, and hanging a mirror opposite the window.
Blues or Greens that go well with wood trim
Finally, if you feel a little bolder and want some colour in your life, choose something that will contrast with the wood, but stick to a natural vibe. Muted tones found in nature like mossy green, sage, cool blue-grey and seafoam green work well.
To keep it simple, I'd stay away from vibrant yellows, very yellowy beiges and reds - these are hard to pull off with all of the warm tones already in the wood.
We all want updated homes that are peaceful, comfortable, and inviting, without being too dark and heavy. Keeping your wood trim just means pairing the right colour to achieve this. Here’s a recap of my favourite paint colours to go with wood trim. Have fun painting!
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