There are many decisions to be made in the process of residential painting—and M.S. Services is here to help! 

One of the most important, especially from a design perspective, is selecting your wall and trim colors. 

Here are a few tips for your next home painting project, plus color combination ideas to give you some inspiration.

Basic Rules Of Thumb 

One of the most common questions we get is if the trim should be lighter or darker than the walls. The short answer is, that it really depends on personal preference. 

The eye will be drawn to whichever color is darker, so it depends on what you want the focal point or highlight to be. Lighter trim draws and anchors the eye to the wall, and darker trim creates a frame around doors and windows. 

Another timeless trend is to paint walls and trim the same color. This creates an open, seamless look that can make a room feel larger. 

There are some tried and true trim colors that are popular for good reason. White is obviously a go-to choice. Opt for an off-white shade instead of a stark, pure white. 

Color Ideas

  • Matching walls and trim. Go with a bold color like blue, black, or emerald green in a spacious room with plenty of natural light. 
  • Matching off-white walls and trim.
  • Off-white walls and bright white trim.
  • White walls and gray, beige, or off-white trim.
  • White walls with a soft pastel trim, like seafoam green or powder blue.
  • White walls with bold trim, like black to frame windows and doors.
  • Two-tone walls with trim painted to match.
  • White walls with wood finish trim.
  • Light gray or light beige walls with dark gray or dark beige trim.
  • Go bold with contrasting color—think opposite colors on the color wheel for walls and trim.

Residential Painting From M.S. Services 

Our team can help with all of your home painting needs—from selecting the color to applying it for the perfect finish, and everything in between. 

Contact us to get started on your next residential painting project.

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