Wednesday, May 13

Spotlight on Trim: Consider Different Colors

Location: Atlanta, GA, USA
Consider monochromatic
colors on the trim for
 a contemporary look.
Think of trim like the frame of a painting: It outlines and enhances the beauty of what's inside.

At its most elemental, trim adds punctuation to a room's elements. Crown molding signals that the wall is ending and the ceiling is beginning. Baseboard announces the transitions between wall and floor. Casings define the perimeter of doors and windows. Trim also has the aesthetic function of enhancing or changing the perception of a room's size and shape.

By using trim to create strong lines, you can make a room seem larger, or by breaking up soaring walls, you can make it seem cozier. 

  • Through the use of trim you can both enhance and complete the design style you envision for the space. For a contemporary room, design experts suggest using techniques that help the trim blend with the room color. This can be achieved by painting the trim the same color as the walls or a tinted version of it. It gives the room a fresh, unified look.
  • For classic or traditional interiors, using a white or off-white paint can really play up the trim and bring out its historical or intricate qualities. And many design experts consider white the perfect color for any trim, regardless of interior style or wall color. With dark walls, white trim lightens and brightens the room while making the wall color really "pop." And when walls are painted light or muted colors, white trim makes the color appear crisp and clean.
  • A trend that has grown in popularity of late is selecting dark colors for trim – even black. Dark trim gives a room more depth than white or light trim does, and very effectively frames views when used on window casings. In addition, dark trim contrasts nicely with some of today's trendiest room colors: soft aquas, powder blues, greens – from lime to celadon – and the gamut of grays.
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