How to Choose the Perfect White Trim Paint
Molding and trim in a room are like the accessories on the perfect outfit. They enhance and elevate the space—making every room feel more luxe—there’s a reason crown molding is such a big real estate selling point. Here at Clare, we know that a great paint job goes beyond the color on the wall. It’s all about making a space feel unified and finished, that’s why we’ve curated a selection of the only shades of white paint you’ll ever need for your trim. But before you choose your shade here are some of our best tips on choosing your white trim paint color:
Why white? White is timeless, and while changing a wall color is pretty simple, painting trim can be a little more challenging. Its narrow shape takes a steady hand, painter’s tape for crisp lines, or skill at cutting in from the wall and ceiling. Even though a monochromatic look, where the trim and walls match one another, is having a moment; white trim has a classic appeal that will stand the test of time. An off white with a warm creamy feel, Timeless, earned its name for a reason. It’s the perfect pick for a more traditional space and plays nice with other equally appealing shades like Good Jeans or Dirty Chai that have some serious staying power.
Keep the white the same temperature. Just like any other paint color, you want to test your trim paint to make sure it will look good with your wall color. Compare and contrast different trim paints with your wall color. A warm white looks good with warm colors like reds or oranges and warm neutrals. One of our best sellers, Whipped, is inviting and looks lovely with neutrals like Flatiron or Wing It. Cooler whites pair well with cooler wall colors. It’s simple to remember! Our coolest white, Snow Day, looks great with cooler blue or green hues like Dirty Martini or Views.
Finish is important. A semi-gloss is not only easier to clean and more durable, but it also helps to reflect the light in a room, creating a dramatic contrast. In rooms with bold colors or deep saturated hues white trim offers a place for the eye to rest. Keeping a white trim color consistent throughout a home will help to unify the space too, connecting each room even if there are differences in wall color.
If you want to do white on white. The tone on tone look makes choosing a trim paint simple. Our four white shades, Fresh Kicks, Snow Day, Whipped, and Timeless all look great when they’re paired with trim paint in the same hue. But you want to keep temperature in mind again when going white on white. A true white, like Fresh Kicks, clean and bright with no undertones, will look good paired with another true white or a cooler white. For a modern monochrome look pair it with itself! But if you pair it with a warm white it can make the warm white look dingy. As always, look at the two colors next to one another to see what feels right for your space—that’s always a surefire way to make sure two colors look good together.
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