What Color You Should Paint Trim?

ECOS Paints 04/21/2021
What Color You Should Paint Trim?

When you wrap a present, it’s perfectly acceptable to cover it with pretty, colored paper and be done with it. But if you want to make your gift look extra special, you add trim: ribbons or lace that help frame the box for a more finished look. The same is true for trim on our walls. Although a room will look complete with a coat of paint, giving some attention to the trim will give the room a more polished look.

Painting trim different colors will have a different effect on a room. Knowing what effect different colors have will help you decide what color you should paint trim in your home.

Things To Consider When Choosing Trim Color

Color of Walls and Flooring

Colors appear differently depending on what colors they appear beside. It’s why, typically, we wouldn’t choose a pastel-colored love seat to go in a room with jewel-tone walls. Similarly, the color of the trim should complement the other colors in the room, especially the walls and flooring. That’s why most interior designers fall back on neutrals for trim—but more on that later.

Desired Perception of Space

We don’t usually have control over how large a space is, but we can manipulate our perception of it. With the right coat of paint, we can make a large room appear cozier and a small room appear more spacious. Because trim frames the room, it plays a big part in how big we perceive the room. The color you choose can take its perceived size in either direction.

Common Color Choices for Trim


White is the most common choice for trim color, and for good reason. White complements every color on the spectrum, so you can be sure that it’ll match your wall paint even if you decide to repaint the walls later. Additionally, light-colored trim tends to open up rooms, making them appear bigger than they are.


For a more dramatic look, you can go in the opposite direction and choose a dark color to contrast with light colored walls. Dark trim adds visual interest to bare walls, highlights designs on patterned or wallpapered walls, and draws attention to doors and windows. It also has the added benefit of hiding scuffs and dirt.

Match the Paint Color

One unique option gaining traction in the design world is painting the trim the same color as the wall. This is especially true if you have a chair rail or picture frame style molding. This color choice often makes the room appear bigger and can add an elegant touch to any room.

Whatever you decide about what color to paint your trim, you can count on ECOS Paints to have a great collection of non-toxic* trim paint to help you get the job done right.

*Non-toxic - Conforms to ASTM-D4236, specifically concerning oral toxicity, skin irritation and respiratory effects.