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Paint Color (by LL [AZ]) Apr 18, 2019 9:48 PM
       Paint Color (by JB [OR]) Apr 18, 2019 10:58 PM
       Paint Color (by LindaJ [NY]) Apr 19, 2019 5:14 AM
       Paint Color (by WMH [NC]) Apr 19, 2019 5:19 AM
       Paint Color (by BRAD 20,000 [IN]) Apr 19, 2019 5:50 AM
       Paint Color (by Oregonwoodsmoke [ID]) Apr 19, 2019 6:18 AM
       Paint Color (by Oregonwoodsmoke [ID]) Apr 19, 2019 6:23 AM
       Paint Color (by AllyM [NJ]) Apr 19, 2019 6:44 AM
       Paint Color (by myob [GA]) Apr 19, 2019 7:15 AM
       Paint Color (by Alan [CA]) Apr 19, 2019 2:06 PM

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Paint Color (by LL [AZ]) Posted on: Apr 18, 2019 9:48 PM

I am getting ready to paint the kitchen and family rooms of my personal home, not my rental properties. I like the modern look of bright, clean walls, think cream, or slightly off-white.

The question I have is what to do with the crown molding, ceilings, baseboards, interior doors and window sills in that room? Do I paint them them the same color (cream, slightly off-white) as the walls?

I like the idea of contrast, but with painting the walls such a light color, there really isn't room for much contrast with the baseboards and crown molding. I don't want to paint the trim a darker color. It seems weird to combine slightly off-white walls with cream trim or the reverse.

Any suggestions?

Paint Color (by JB [OR]) Posted on: Apr 18, 2019 10:58 PM

Personally, I like beige or tans or grays for the main color. Then white always works for the trim, baseboard, and crown molding.

Otherwise, go to Sherwin Williams and look around. Then talk to a pro there.

Paint Color (by LindaJ [NY]) Posted on: Apr 19, 2019 5:14 AM

Of course Arizona light is different than here in NY, but the basic - paint it the same color and it tends to blend in, paint it a different color and it will stand out. So if the baseboards and trim are not the best (or match in every room) paint it the same color and you won't notice it.

You can just change sheen. Flat on the walls and semigloss on the trim. Or just a shade or two darker or lighter so it is just barely noticeable as different.

I have seen window sashes painted a different color or doors painted in a much different color to stand out. Black is now being shown on both, but with a whitish wall, that could be pretty stark.

Off white can have lots of undertones that you pick up and even cream can have a different colors. Some of the paint websites allow you to change colors on the computer to get an idea of what it would look like.

Paint Color (by WMH [NC]) Posted on: Apr 19, 2019 5:19 AM

I think painting woodwork the same as the walls tends to look "lazy" and is not attractive to me. Even with very light walls, we like the slight contrast of bright white woodwork.

Paint Color (by BRAD 20,000 [IN]) Posted on: Apr 19, 2019 5:50 AM


Same color on walls and trim looks cheap to me.

Crown and trim dress up the room so even a slight color change will let them show.

Recently viewed a home with Repose gray walls and trim painted one or two steps gray-er. Subtle and classy.

Try some test areas on the trim and see what you like. Easy to paint over.


Paint Color (by Oregonwoodsmoke [ID]) Posted on: Apr 19, 2019 6:18 AM

I like light neutral colors. I'm buying a new built house and just ordered colors. Walls are a "white" that is a very light tan and trim is natural wood to match the cabinets. Doors are white and the pure white actually gives a noticeable contrast.

The house I just painted to sell I had painted Worldly Gray SW 7043 with white trim. It looks great. I picked the color because that is what they used in the model home, so I could see what it looked like when done in a whole house. (I am not good at visualizing colors)

For a rental I would have gone with a darker trim, but to sell, the white looked crisp. The model home had a creamy color trim with the gray that really looked great, but I hadn't asked what color it is, or I would have done that one for my trim color.

Paint Color (by Oregonwoodsmoke [ID]) Posted on: Apr 19, 2019 6:23 AM

I'm not a huge fan of white trim. It looks wonderful when really fresh, but it shows every crumb of dirt and it doesn't age all that well.

If you don't want dark trim, you can go to the color you choose and take the next one darker to use as the trim (same color but more intense). It will go well, not stand out too severely, but will clearly not be the same color. it will also be easier to keep looking good than white trim.

Paint Color (by AllyM [NJ]) Posted on: Apr 19, 2019 6:44 AM

White is the choice for such things as crown moldings etc. If they are white now, keep them white. Fads may pass but classic décor will always be valuable.

Paint Color (by myob [GA]) Posted on: Apr 19, 2019 7:15 AM

gloss bisque. (there's also an exact caulking that matches for nail heads or seems)

Paint Color (by Alan [CA]) Posted on: Apr 19, 2019 2:06 PM

Chose what YOU like...not someone else's idea.

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