Hi y’all. I hope you had an amazing weekend. I apologize for the silence around here last week. I was knocked flat with a horrible cold/ flu (I’m not sure what it was), but I was sick! I’m feeling much better now, thank you for the kind birthday wishes and get well soon messages.
Today, I wanted to share a little tip with you. As many of you know I am working on an interior design project in Charleston right now (I have yet to take updated photos). We are getting close to the move in date! The contractors are finishing up this week and the painter is going to finish within the next couple of weeks. We are rushing around like crazy tying up loose ends.
A few weeks ago the painter put a fresh coat of paint in the living room. The room is a long, narrow room with a wall of windows on the left and built-in bookshelves with a fireplace and mantel located at the end of the room. Originally, we decided to paint the bookshelves, mantel and woodwork all the wall color, we wanted to blend it in. Matching the wood work to the room color creates a sleek, contemporary feel to the space. It also creates a cohesive, restful place where your eye can move without distraction. I have always really liked this look.
Unfortunately, we are painting the room again, the first color was not right. This time, I thought it would be best to brighten the woodwork with a fresh coat of semi-gloss Dover white. Wow! What a difference! The white trim really made the architectural details pop. It also immediately widened and brightened the room. It truly made all of the difference in the world. It took a room that was dark and long and turned it into a much larger and brighter feeling space.
Over the past few years I have leaned more and more towards blending trim in, but today I’m suggesting you treat every space you are designing as unique. Not one rule of thumb will work across the board. In our case, slick semi-gloss trim was exactly what the room needed…
Sometimes White is Right…
Do you paint your trim white, blend it in by painting it the wall color or decide on a case by case basis?
My rule of thumb is to take it on a case by case basis. If you have a feature/architectural details you would like to highlight within a space, paint it white (or a contrasting color) to make it stand out as a feature in the room. If your woodwork/ moldings are nothing special, blend them in. Blending it in will help hide the flaws.