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How To Choose The Best Color Trim For Your Home

How To Choose The Best Color Trim For Your Home

Trim serves an important role in protecting your home from outside elements (keeps water out of windows) and covering interior components that may be considered gaps within your home. Not only that, but trim is one feature of your home that can really add architectural character and dimension. No matter its main purpose, trim is by far one of the hardest components of a home to choose an appropriate color for. To help make the decision easier, we have compiled some tips to help you narrow down the search for a color that compliments what you already have in place (exterior house color and interior paint colors.)

Start With Elimination

Eliminating undertones and shades that clash with your paint colors and that you know you definitely do not want help in the selection process. This narrows down desired colors and will make the selection that much easier.

Decide Blend vs. Fade

Do you want the trim color to blend in/ fade into the color of your home, or do you want it to contrast?

Determine A Shade

After determining whether you want the trim to blend in or contrast the existing color of your wall or exterior, decide on the shade you desire. For example, if you have a brick home, you can take one of your bricks to the paint store and have them “color match” the lightest or darkest shade of the brick. If you don’t have an extra brick lying around, don’t worry! The paint store can supply you with a fan deck that you can take home to hold up to your interior or exterior walls to match colors.

If you have multi-color bricks and you want the trim color to blend and fade, we recommend choosing the medium shade brick color. On the other hand, if you want the trim color to contrast, choose the darkest or lightest brick color to match.

If you want to blend trim into a color that isn’t brick, go up or down a shade or two of the area’s paint color. To contrast trim with a material/color that isn’t brick, consider a shade of white or off white or a darker color such as black, brown, or gray.

Contemporary look – blend the trim with the room color.

Classic or traditional look – use a lighter color trim such as white or off-white to bring out architecture. For more depth, consider a darker color for your trim (black, brown, gray, etc.)

The trim color can make or break the result of your painting project if you choose the wrong color or shade. The local experts at Noel Painting are here to help with any residential painting services. Another Way We’re Changing Painting™.

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