Black Trim Interior Ideas and Inspiration

This post on black trim interior ideas first appeared here back in 2014.

After this recent post on painting your trim the same color as your walls as well as this popular one on the best white trim paints to use, a few of you had questions related to black trim.

Hopefully this post will offer you a few answers and ideas.

powder room with black painted molding and trim

Black Trim Interior Ideas

When should you consider using black trim in your home? 

Consider adding black trim to your home when you’re looking to make your trim standout.

Black trim always looks chic if you already have several black design elements in the room.

This makes the overall design of the space look cohesive and intentional.

Of course you can always add a few black pieces once your trim is painted black to get the same effect.

Black trim gives your typical traditional finish a much more dramatic appeal.

I especially love how the black trim highlights the unusual door trim in this space.

It helps to draw the eye up (and see this beautiful pendant light.)

Imagine this neutral living room without the benefit of the contrasting black trim?

It would lack the same oomph to say the least!

black door

Painting your interior doors black is a great design tip.

It’s unexpected and always looks great.

It’s also worth noting, there’s an entire post dedicated to how much I love a black painted door!

Especially a black front door, like the one in the image above.

black trim painted around windows
Black trim around windows and floors, white walls. An idea of what this bold combo looks like in practice

Interior Black Trim Paint Colors

These are the best (and most popular) black paint colors to use for your interior trim:

Benjamin Moore Jet Black

Sherwin Williams Tricorn Black

Benjamin Moore Soot

Farrow and Ball Off Black

Benjamin Moore Nightfall

Benjamin Moore Baby Seal Black

All of these colors come in handy Samplize self adhesive paint samples.

I always recommend using these Samplize adhesive paint samples.

The Samplize non-damaging adhesive backing allows for viewing in multiple locations and in different lighting without marking up your walls or doors!

No messy paint cans and brushes to deal with!

If you’re at all curious, you can check them out and order them here.

We had the trim in our powder room (featured in the top image and below) painted a high gloss black for extra drama.

As you can see, this coordinates so nicely with the dark Lotus print wallpaper.

high gloss black trim in powder room

Black trim works best with white, cream or neutral walls.

While interior design rules are made to be broken, the truth is black painted trim usually looks best against a white or cream wall.

White walls and dark trim are always a winning combination.

Not to get too off topic here, but if you’re looking for some white and cream paint color ideas, be sure to check out these popular posts below:

black painted living room with raised panels and trim

How stunning is all this raised paneling and trim?

Painting it black keeps things looking very modern.

black trim in white bedroom
image via Alyssa Rosenheck


Have I convinced you to paint any of your interior trim black?

Hopefully you’ve gotten some great ideas on adding black painted trim to your home today.

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