One of the paint questions we receive most concerns painting interior doors and trim. It usually goes something like this, “The walls in my room are painted (fill in the blank) color. I’m concerned about painting the doors and trim in the room white, because I feel it will just make them stand out more. Would it be okay to paint the doors and trim the same color as the walls?”
It is true; painting interior doors and trim in white or a contrasting color from the walls will make them stand out. However, painting them the same color as the walls will help them to blend in and almost disappear. This is a trick decorators and designers use in small rooms, narrow halls with lots of doors, and rooms with low ceilings.
A small room will visually seem more spacious because the white trim or doors aren’t there to stop your eye as you look around the room. As you look down a hallway with several doors, all the doors won’t jump out at you if they blend in with the walls. And if you have a room with low ceilings, painting baseboards and crown molding will make the room seem taller.
Here are a couple of tips for painting interior doors and trim in the same color:
- If you’d like just a bit of contrast, you can go a shade lighter or darker for the trimwork and doors. The doors will still blend in with the walls.
- For the walls, I’d recommend using a satin or eggshell finish and a semi-gloss on the trim and doors.
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Painting Interior Doors, Trim & Walls the Same Color
For inspiration and visualization, here are 10 rooms in which the walls, doors, and trimwork are painted the same or similar color.
1 Don’t rule out white on white. If you want to keep it fresh, but not have your doors and trim stand out, paint everything white. It’s a fresh, clean look that allows your furniture and accessories to take center stage. Warm things up by adding lots of natural textures and bringing in pops of color.
2 Painting the ceiling, walls, and woodwork the same color in a small space makes it all blend together. Your eye doesn’t know where to stop, so the space seems so much larger. This room receives plenty of light, the wood tones are light, and so is the area rug. All of this keeps the room from feeling like a cave.
3 Light curtains with a Greek key accent and white matting on the artwork and accessories keep the gray in this room from becoming too heavy. The light carpet really helps to brighten the space, too, as does the natural light through the window.
4 Finishing the fireplace mantel in a lighter color gives it more prominence in this dining room. The rest of the elements have been kept light and fresh to make the room cozy and inviting.
5 Painting built-in bookcases the same color as the walls will help to make the items you place on it stand out. Your focus isn’t on the built-in, but rather what it is showcasing.
6 Even though it’s painted the same color as the walls, the simple molding works to give this room a contemporary and sophisticated look. If the molding had been painted in a contrasting color, it would have changed the mood of this room entirely and probably would have made it seem too busy for the style of the room as it is.
7 These walls are wood paneled, but the concept still applies. Having the wood on the walls the same color as the beams keeps the walls from taking the attention away from the beams. This allows the beams to stand out against the white ceiling and become a focal point in the room.
8 This room creates beautiful harmony with a color palette of aqua, yellow, coral, and green. If the window trim had been painted white or any color other than the wall color, it would have visually broken up the rhythm in the room.
9 The bookcase in this room has plenty going on with everything that is displayed on it. Had the window trim or shelving been painted in a contrasting color, it would have looked too busy and not very restful to the eye.
10 The amazing crown molding in this room is able to take center stage when the walls, doors, and trim are all painted in the same color. Everything else seems to disappear.
Color: Mole’s Breath No. 276, Farrow & Ball
If you have a room in your home that feels chopped up by the trim and doors, painting them the same color as the walls could be the answer. Give it a shot; you can always paint over it if you change your mind later!
And when you get ready to paint, remember the right tools can make the job easier. I’ve put together a list of some of the tools I like to use when I paint.
1) Duck Clean Release Blue Painter’s Tape, 2) ScotchBlue Pre-taped Painter’s Plastic Drop Cloth, 3) HANDy Paint Tray, 4) Wooster Brush 2″ Shortcut Angle Sash Paintbrush, 5) 3-Pack HANDy Paint Tray Liners, 6) HANDy Paint Pail , 7) Wooster Brush Sherlock Roller Frame, 8) Wooster Brush Pro/Doo-Z Roller Covers