Paint Colours That Play Well with Wood Trim
Ok, so I’m still a white-paint-loving freak. But I’m finding myself drawn more and more to the natural wood trim found in older homes. It’s just so beautifully made and -if it has the original finish - is usually a rich and natural tone of wood.
I recently moved into an apartment in a downtown heritage home with the original wood doors and some of the trim. It’s spectacular. So yep, I’m doing a post on how to choose colour that works with natural wood trim.
If you’re up for keeping the natural look of wood trim and other woodwork in your home, go for it. No need to paint out something so naturally beautiful and calming (I believe in creating a calming oasis at home).
The key is to choose wall colour that will either play up your wood or tone it down so you get the right look with your wood.
-If you have very yellowy, orangey or reddish wood, you could neutralize it a bit with a cool tone paint colour on your walls (like I did by using Sherwin Williams Ice Cube in my apartment).
-If you’d like to play up your wood, use a warm colour on the walls, like a warm green or beige.
-Or, as I most often suggest, you could go with a light neutral paint colour on the walls that will complement the wood but also feel bright, light and modern.
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, 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.
Good whites for walls with wood trim are Sherwin William Pure White (neutral), Sherwin Williams Extra White (cool, pure white) or for a slightly warmer option, Sherwin Williams Paper White. If you wanted to go even more creamy, try Sherwin Williams Lily.
2. 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.
Good options are Sherwin Williams Ice Cube (cool) and Sherwin Williams Aloof Gray (neutral). Sherwin Williams Repose Gray (slightly warm by quite neutral) is also a great paint choice to go with wood trim.
3. 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.
4. 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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