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Painting Your Trim Using Black as a Color Idea

Choosing wall color can be a difficult process. There are hundreds of shades for each color on the color wheel and we try dozens of colors in varying shades of light. However, we give little thought to the trim color that will outline most of those walls, windows and doors in our homes. Often the trim is an afterthought…something that we assume will be painted white, cream or a variant shade of the wall color. However, a new possibility for the trim in our homes is to paint in vibrant black.

Black can be a striking color choice, especially when trimming large windows or in rooms with tall ceilings. Carefully coordinate the color choice for walls, as dark wall colors with black trim could make the room seem dark and small. Consider tan or taupe wall paint or a paint color with a light tinge of olive. Tall windows with black trim paint and black wooden slat blinds will be quite stunning. If there are columns and chair railing, they too, can be highlighted with the black color. Or, if trimming a whole room in black seems risky, try trimming the handrails in the home. After a proper professional sanding, cleaning and priming of the old oak handrails, they could be finished with a satin black. The kitchen, too, is a room where a small section of black paint can have a pleasing affect. Black crown molding around white cabinets or an island painted black with a contrasting colored countertop gives a sharp, clean feeling to the room. It is surprising how the eye is drawn to the black highlights in any room.

When examining the color wheel, consider the wall color and trim color carefully. Frame the beautifully painted walls with an unusual color choice! Talk to your paint professional at Chism Brothers about embellishing the family room, kitchen, doors or railings with black paint.

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