Painted Trim + Moldings

I think the main reason people (including myself) fall in love with older homes is all of the character. The unique trim and moldings usually are what gives a house character and what better way to bring it out than to paint it? I have always liked the crispness of white trim against colored walls, but lately I’ve been digging painted trim against white walls. It not only draws attention to great trim and moldings, but it also adds pattern and color to a room in an uncommon way. In newer homes, it’s a great way to make a home feel less “builder neutral”.

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My least favorite thing to paint is trim; painting it a different color would probably make it much more bearable! What do you think of this trend? Would you paint your trim a different color than white?

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Decorating Trend: Dark Walls in the Bedroom

I mentioned in a client project post that I just love dark walls in a bedroom. It makes the room sophisticated, cozy and who wouldn’t sleep better with a dark room? Clearly I like extremes when it comes to bedroom walls because not long ago I painted our bedroom white. Both options give you kind of a blank slate to be creative with the rest of the decor. Here are some great examples:

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I think the key to pulling off this look is adding pops of white in the room: bedding, molding, accessories, art, etc. What do you think of this look? Would you or have you painted your bedroom walls dark?

Painting Trim White

Happy Wednesday to you! I’ve talked about painting wood trim white vs. leaving it natural or stained in my post here. In general, I think it depends on the space. Stained or natural wood trim looks great when it enhances the architecture, is in traditional homes, or if it’s part of the design you’re going for (think rustic, country).

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If you’re trying to open up a space, or brighten it up, painting the trim is a great way to do it. The trim and doors in our house are all white, but our front door and the door to our sun room (soon to be converted into an office) is stained wood. Here’s a picture of the door to the sun room right after we moved in…before we rearranged the living room.

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And here’s the door after 4…yes FOUR, coats of white paint. (Please ignore the junk in the sun room, it’s been our “catchall room” until we can close it in and convert it to into an actual office.)

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Here’s a side by side comparison:

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Seriously…HUGE difference. Before it was painted, the door almost drew your eye over to the sun room (the last thing I want to do!) Now the whole wall is less busy and the door blends in with the room better. It’s amazing how much brighter the room is by just that small change.

So, if you’re thinking about painting your wood trim white, here are a couple things to think about:

1) It DOES make a big difference

2) It DOES require a lot of paint (and primer) so be prepared!