Advice on choosing interior trim colors
September 4, 2011 8:55 AM Subscribe
I want to paint my house interior trim a neutral/white color that will complement a wide range of wall colors in different rooms. How do I select from the gazillion whites out there?
posted by mr_roboto to Home & Garden (16 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
The exterior trim will be black. Are there any issues with having black exterior trim and white interior trim?
Should the interior of the front door be the same color as the interior trim? Our door has three panels of inset frosted glass. Would any kind of white look good with that kind of door? Should we go with a different color entirely?
The back of the house also has a set of single-pane french doors with big sidelights, so there's a lot of white trim on that wall that we want to avoid making too stark and harsh. The exterior of these will also be black.
The other main feature in the living room is a fireplace fronted in pale bluish grey glass tile, so we want to harmonize with that as well.
And we'd like to paint the bedrooms a variety of colors while using the same trim color throughout the house, so we need something neutral. The kinds of colors we're thinking of painting the rooms are lemongrass green, grey leaning towards blue, yellow, white, but none of this is set. We need to decide on the trim first, though, because the doors will be painted soon.
Is it even a good idea to use the same trim color throughout? Do we want to switch to a pure white trim in the bathrooms where it's up against pure white porcelain?