A reader recently asked: “Is it OK to paint your trim the same color as you walls?”
Not only do I think it’s OK, but I’ve got ten great reason why you might want to consider painting your walls and trim the same color!
(The walls, trim and bookcases here are ALL painted in Farrow and Ball Elephant’s Breath.)
10 Reasons To Paint Your Wall Trim The Same Color As Your Walls
If you’re thinking of painting your walls and giving your room a bit of a makeover, don’t forget to consider the wall trim paint colors as well!
While these borders might seem insignificant in your interior design master plan, the color of your trim can have a significant impact on the overall look of your home.
I’ve talked a lot about popular white trim paint colors, the ones which I know from experience will look great!
However, today we’re going to discuss an entirely different look –
Talking about when the walls are painted the same color as all the trim.
It’s such a great look, one which doesn’t get discussed enough in the online design world.
So, today I’m going to reveal 10 reasons why you should paint your wall trim the same color as your walls.
1.Painting Your Walls and Trim the same color creates an elegant, minimalist color pallet
This interior design look oozes sophistication.
One dominant color allows the eye to take in the entire wall from the ceiling to the floor without any harsh lines or cut-off points.
This in turn helps create an interior design flow which will improve the look and feel of any room.
2. Make your wall trim pop
By sticking to the same color, but choosing a different finish, you can make your wall trim pop.
All without having to resort to bold and dramatic tones.
A change in the shine of the paint is enough to give you a desired and impactful interior design look.
I personally love a semi-gloss trim with a matte wall in the same color. So chic!
3. Give The Illusion Of Height
Above is our high gloss blue butler’s pantry.
The walls, trim, cabinets – everything (but the ceiling paint) is all the same color!
Painting every element in a space the same color is a subtle yet powerful interior design optical illusion.
This helps blend your walls with the trim and baseboards which makes lower ceilings appear much higher.
So if you want to make a small room appear larger than it is, it’s time to match up your paint pallet.
The eye won’t be able to differentiate between the end of the wall and the start of the wall trim.
Keep this tip in mind especially if you have chair rail moldings breaking up the height of your walls.
4. Clean Crisp Backdrop
If your interior design style is eclectic or quirky and you like to add pops of color through soft furnishings and ornaments, consider a ‘white on white’ backdrop.
A fresh coat of white paint on wall trims and on all the walls will give you a modern, clean and satisfying finish.
You can even go ahead and paint your ceiling the same color too.
Now you can bring in contrasting textures, patterns, and bold colors without creating a cluttered or distracting design.
A few more posts to consider if you’re thinking of painting your walls white or cream:
- The best cream wall paint colors
- White Dove Paint Review
- Decorators White Paint Review
- Chantilly Lace Paint Review
- White OC -151 Paint Review
- Favorite white paint colors for the home
- Swiss Coffee Paint Review
5. Discover The Picture Frame Molding Trend
Add depth to any room with picture frame molding.
This popular interior design trend involves adding framed panels to a wall to create a bold and sophisticated look.
Perhaps spurred on by the popularity of the hit Netflix TV show Bridgerton, this is a beautiful way to transform any room.
By painting your walls to match this new wall trim you can take a standard space and make it into a room fit to be in any stately home.
6. Touch Ups Are Easier
Using the same paint on walls and wall trims will help make the redecorating process easier than ever.
Choosing contrasting colors can make getting a straight and clean line where wall trims meet the wall, pretty difficult to get right.
Plus if you need to touch up the paintwork in the future, using the same color will make this a more affordable job.
Invest in one pot of paint rather than two.
7. Painting walls and trim the same helps to hide trim styles which don’t match your aesthetic.
8. Using the same color throughout also helps to hide built in storage.
Another great interior design trick is to install any storage units, bookcases or built in wardrobes before you paint.
Now when you match your paint with the color of the built-in storage units, you can blur out these storage features and create an almost seamless color block.
Make sure to match the wall paint with your units and wall trims for a completely finished and immaculate look.
9.Walls and trim painted the same color can make a small room feel larger
This is a great tip for small rooms.
When you paint your walls and trim and even the crown molding the same color (as seen here above) it will actually make the space look and feel larger.
Whether you’re designing a large space or a small cozy corner, the worst thing you can do is box yourself in by painting the walls one color, and the ceiling and the wall trims another.
This will instantly give a harsh structure to your room.
In order to visually open a space up – use identical paint colors to minimize lines, squares and boxes and opt for interior design zen.
This concept holds especially true for bedrooms and living rooms.
10. Create a seamless, harmonious space.
There’s no doubt, when your walls, window trim, baseboards and built ins are all one color, a room feels more cohesive and harmonious.
And harmony in our environments is something we can all use more of these days!
So, there you have it – 10 reasons to paint your walls and trim the same color!
Have I convinced you yet?
I always recommend trying out several paint samples, in different lighting as well as natural light.
Be patient in this process and live with a few samples for a few days before making your final decision.
A really great way to test out a paint color is with these Samplize large self sticking paint samples.
No messy paint cans to deal with before you commit! Win/win!
If you’re at all curious, you can find Samplize paint samples here, they even have all the Benjamin Moore paint colors.
Hopefully, you found this post helpful.
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Which reminds me… I’ve already answered a popular inquiry on which paint finish to choose in this post, just in case your wondering:)
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