You may have noticed the trend of painting walls and trim the same color is back…or it never really left. There are lots of reasons for it! Whether you choose a soft white, neutral, or jewel tone, you can get a great effect by having your walls, crown moldings, baseboards, window trim, and doors all the same color.
This is an updated post and here are situations where painting the same color makes sense.
1. Painting the Walls, Trim, and Doors the Same Color Adds Drama!
What a way to make an entrance! There is a lot going on in this narrow hallway with all the doors and heavy trim, but blue paint ties it all together with impact.
2. Softens Angles In Open Areas
Painting everything else white showcases the pretty banister, stair treads, and floor.
This room with white walls opens to others like the living room and kitchen so painting the walls and trim the same color feels less choppy and softens the angled ceiling.
You can read more about this dining room update here.
3. Makes Carpentry Seamless
Painting the bookcases and all the other trim in the same semi-gloss finish creates a soft backdrop for all the colorful books.
Here the desk is even painted the same color which blends it together for a calming work environment.
4. Makes A Space Feel Larger
The all-white background recedes in our small beach cottage living room giving it a larger feel. The walls are painted Benjamin Moore White Dove.
5. Create A Cozy Space
With the darker walls and ceiling…this room is like a cozy hug. In our dining room with an unusually high chair rail, we chose to paint the walls and trim paint all the same color (Sherwin Williams Acacia Haze).
This avoids feeling like you were “sitting in a hole” at the table and accents like the centerpiece really pop.
6. Highlight Your Art And Accessories
Having the walls and ceiling the same color allowed colorful accessories to shine in our former dining room.
If you are painting your walls and trimming the same color, here are some of the things I recommend:
- When choosing the paint finish, paint the wood trim in satin (or high or semi-gloss for more “shiny drama”) and the walls in eggshell or flat
- Always test your paint colors as even tried and true paints can look different in different rooms depending on the light and colors coming in through the windows, etc.
- If you want a lighter ceiling but still have it blend with darker walls, use the wall color lightened by 50%.
- We highly recommend Samplesize to try out colors and move them around the room throughout the day. Try living with the color, at least overnight. They are reusable, stick-on samples of the actual paint you are considering.
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