Recently, a reader asked me if she needed to paint the interior doors in her home the same color as the trim. She loved the stained wood doors that were there, but the trim was white and she wanted to know if she should paint the doors to match. This specific question has popped up several times in the last few weeks, so I knew I had to address it in a blog post. In a previous post, I tackled the issue of when to paint doors, walls, and trim all the same color. Today, I’m narrowing the focus to just the doors and trim. The question is, do interior doors always have to match the trim? The answer is no. It’s entirely up to you.
SHOULD YOU MATCH YOUR INTERIOR DOORS & TRIM?
If you know me, you know that I adhere to the policy that there are no strict “rules” in decorating, only guidelines. You want your home to be a reflection of your personality, not a demonstration of someone else’s idea of how your home should be decorated. Therefore, when choosing whether to paint your interior doors to match the trim, contrast with the trim, or stand out in a vibrant color that is different from every other color in the room, the decision is yours. You should do what is most aesthetically pleasing to you.
It’s that simple.
Are you still wondering what it looks like when interior doors are painted a different color than the trim? Here are some rooms that illustrate how it can look when the doors and trim don’t match. I hope they assist you in getting one step closer to making the decision about what to do in your home.
Since we’re talking about painting (or maybe not painting) doors, I thought this would be a good time to share the easiest way to paint a paneled door and make it look like a pro did it. So, I created a step-by-step graphic for you. You can use these steps for interior and exterior doors, as well as garage doors. I’ve also added this to the Casa library as a PDF in case you want to print it.
And if you are in the zone and ready to paint everything, here are some posts I think you’ll like:
Do you have a decorating dilemma that’s keeping you from finishing your home? I love to help people get free of annoying roadblocks when it comes to decorating, so I’ve started a new service called “Ask a Decorator” where I’ll personally answer whatever decorating question is plaguing you with suggestions and ideas specific to your situation. It’s a quick, easy, and affordable way to get professional advice so you can tackle your most frustrating design obstacles and get back to creating your dream home. Interested? Click here to learn more!