Painting Trim work - Interior


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Old 03-21-00, 10:30 AM
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What are the color "rules" for painting trim work such as baseboards, crown molding, doors, & windows? Do the baseboard and crown molding have to match? Or does the baseboard and wall color have to match.

I would like to paint my walls a light tan with the baseboards and crown molding in a light beige. But, I would like to leave my windowsills and doors white. Will my room clash?
 
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Old 03-21-00, 08:14 PM
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Usually trim is slightly darker than the walls. Walls are usually flat, eggshell, or semi-gloss. Trim is usually semi-gloss or gloss.

Trim includes any thing not the wall proper: baseboard, crown mold, casing, sills, etc.

You could try buying just a quart of each color and do some sample matching around the house where these combinations would be, and see if they clash or are appealing to your eye.

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Old 03-22-00, 09:19 AM
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I think it's just a matter of personal taste. It depends on the "look" you are trying to achieve. I just finished two rooms (kid's bedrooms) that were totally different from each other. I tried to reflect their personalities. My daughter is like sunshine, so I painted her room a bright yellow, and *all* the trim work (baseboards and window sill) is colonial blue to match the trim in her bedspread. I even painted the door blue! It may look weird to some, but she loves it. I had reservations at first, but when I was done, I was very happy with it. My son is more of the night shades, so I did one wall a moonlight blue (very dark) and the rest a lighter shade. Looks great! My point is, just use your imagination. You are the one who has to live with it. If you like it, then it will work.

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