Category: House Painting Ideas

How Often Should You Repaint? Our Pros Share the Facts

As a homeowner maintenance is both a blessing and a curse. A curse because … man, who loves doing chores, really? But a blessing because, done right, maintenance can save you a whole lot of time and money. And painting is some of the most important maintenance you can do. So, if you’ve typed “how often should you repaint” into a search engine before and come up with a bunch of confusing answers, don’t worry – we’ve got you covered. Our paint pros lay down the truth.

How Often Should You Repaint Your Interior Walls*

Paint isn’t just a cost-effective way to change a room’s appearance. Correctly and regularly repainting your home’s interior can help walls last longer and look better.

Interior spaces come with their own kryptonite, like kids, pets, humidity, light or temperature fluctuations, and cigarette smoke. Certain spaces are more likely to need maintenance more often, based on the traffic load or environment (humid bathrooms, we’re looking at you).

On average, most interior paint jobs last between five and seven years. If you’re kid- or pet-free (or your kids, fur or otherwise, are older), it’s possible that you could bump that up to 10 years.

However, if it’s time for a redesign, you’ve got an area that gets extra wear and tear, or a space with environmental fluctuations (light, temperature or humidity), you may need to repaint more often.

Since these rooms typically get less traffic and are usually not subject to environmental extremes (though light exposure and fading could be an issue) we recommend repainting every five to seven years:

Adults’ bedroomsDining roomsLiving rooms

These areas tend to get more abuse (especially trim and baseboards). Plus, bathrooms, kitchens and laundry rooms are subject to humidity – and in the case of kitchens, cooking grease and odors. So, redo these every three to four years:

Baseboards and trimBathroomKitchenLaundry room

These high-traffic areas should get a paint job every two to three years:

HallwaysKids’ bedrooms

And finally, ceilings can go as much as 10 years between paint jobs, though if you or someone in your house is a smoker, you may want to redo them more often to combat yellowing.

How Often Should You Repaint Your Exterior Walls?*

Woman painting exterior vinyl home

Painting your home exterior is both time consuming and expensive, so it’s natural to want to put it off as long as you can. But paint is your first line of defense from the elements and is an important part of curb appeal. So, knowing how often you should repaint your exterior is as important as knowing when to redo your interior.

Your exterior paint is subject to a whole host of challenges. It gets wear and tear from the weather, sunlight and moisture in the form of rain and snow.

What’s the bottom line for how often you should repaint your exterior? A good rule of thumb is every five to 10 years, depending on the paint quality and whether it was correctly painted. There are different guidelines for different surfaces, though, for how often you should paint certain materials:

Paint aluminum siding every five yearsStucco should be repainted every five to six yearsRepaint wood every three to seven years

If you see wear and tear, cracked caulk or faded paint – or you’re putting your house on the market – that’s a sign it’s time to repaint.

Still have questions about how often you should repaint? Our interior painting and exterior painting services can help you take the mystery – and the work – out of repainting your house.

*Recommendations only

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4 Simple Ways to Create a Timeless Look in the Bathroom


When you purchased your home, you weren’t in love with the bathroom. Something about it just feels outdated. You want to give it new life and style, but renovations are expensive with about a 70 percent return on your investment. Although you don’t intend to sell your house in the near future, you’re also concerned about making your bathroom look updated for buyers down the road.

In many cases, you don’t necessarily have to spend a fortune and completely rebuild your bathroom to give it a fresh, new look. Here are some simple tips for sprucing up your bathroom on a budget!

Keep the Space Clean

Nothing turns off buyers more than seeing a dirty bathroom. Not only can it look (and be) unsanitary, it can make the space look much older than it does when it’s clean. Be sure you dedicate some time on a regular basis to simple maintenance to keep the bathroom clean, fresh, and in good shape. Every once in a while, perform a deep cleaning. Even if you keep your old tub or slightly dated countertop, buyers can feel confident that you’ve properly kept the home in excellent condition and have a more favorable impression of the house.

dd Greenery

In enclosed areas, particularly small rooms like most bathrooms, the air can feel stuffy or stagnant. Bringing plants into the room can help lighten the feeling as well as add a fun element of style. In fact, if you get a massage, chances are the spa has included natural elements to create a more soothing atmosphere. You can do the same at home!

If your bathroom doesn’t have a window, make sure you choose your plants wisely. Succulents work great in this kind of environment and require very little maintenance.

void Yellow in Paint

In the bathroom particularly, the color yellow can conjure up unpleasant feelings and thoughts. Even if the room has been thoroughly cleaned, this color makes the walls seem dirty and aged, creating an uncomfortable environment.

For the same reason, unfortunately, you may want to stay away from other colors that have yellow or brown undertones in them, such as beige, orange, or yellowy gray.

Choose a Timeless Paint Color

Although your child may want dramatic bathroom colors, future buyers may not appreciate it. Instead, consider painting the bathroom walls a classic color that doesn’t go out of style. These timeless colors include clean blues (both light and dark), pale aquamarine, and grayish off-whites. Not only are these colors calming, but they also have lasted through the passing fads, meaning you can trust them to be around for a long time.

Ultimately, if you think your bathroom could use a complete overhaul, go ahead and do it. However, perhaps all it needs is some minor adjustments to feel more updated. Before you grab a sledgehammer and spend a ton of money, consider these tips!

About Platinum Painting

For well over a decade, Platinum Painting has helped homeowners create beautiful spaces. We handle projects as expansive as a three-story home or as small as one room. Whether you’re painting a large master bathroom or a little half bathroom, our team makes sure every detail is to your liking. In fact, we’re not finished until we’ve passed your final inspection. If you are interested in scheduling a free in-home estimate, you can contact our Customer Care team online.

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Here’s How to Repair Wall Damage for a Smooth, Paintable Surface

You can’t get a great paint job without a smooth surface. That’s why prepping is so important – it gives you the chance to repair wall damage, including cracks and holes, before you roll on that first coat of paint. Here are the wall-repair tips you need to know to help you get the most out of your paint job.

Repairing Wall Damage, Big and Small

Unless you’ve patched big holes in drywall before, we recommend leaving anything bigger than the size of a hammer head to the pros. With that caveat out of the way, here are our tips for repairing wall damage, big(gish) and small.

Dents and Dings

Damage like small holes and divots is the easiest to repair. You’ll need:

Fast-drying spacklingSandpaper or drywall sanding spongeDrywall knife

Clear away any debris from the imperfection. Smooth on fast-drying spackling with your putty knife. Wait 24 hours and then sand*.

Popped Nail Heads

Have you noticed circular bulges (or even visible nail heads) in your drywall? Those are nail pops, and they happen when drywall shifts and works a nail loose. These are purely cosmetic and simple to repair. You’ll need:

HammerScrewdriver or drillWall screws (sized to penetrate the stud by at least three quarters of an inch to insure they don’t come out)Joint compoundDrywall knifeSandpaper or drywall sanding sponge

Screw one screw into the stud about an inch above the nail and one about an inch below. Then, you can either hammer the nail back in or remove it. Wall screws are made to sink below the wall level, so you can cover them with joint compound (do the same for nail or nail hole). Wait 24 hours and sand*. If you can still see the wall damage, reapply the compound, wait 24 hours and sand* again.

Small Holes

Small holes (up to two inches) can be repaired with a patch kit. You’ll need:

Mesh patch kitDrywall knifeSpackling compound or joint compoundSandpaper or drywall sanding sponge

Follow the instructions on the kit for sticking the mesh patch over the hole. Use the drywall knife to apply the compound smoothly. Wait 24 hours and sand*.


Once the wall is prepped, you’re ready to paint. If you’re repainting the whole room, note that high-gloss paints and certain textures and faux finishes can emphasize wall damage. So, when choosing your wall finish, steer toward matte, eggshell or satin for the smoothest finish.

If you want to paint high-gloss paint over a repaired wall (or add texture), prime the wall first. This will help conceal any wall repairs and will help the wall finish stick better and cover more smoothly.

Our paint pros always wall prep before they paint. Learn about our interior painting services or get free 8″ x 8″ paint swatches from our color consultants today.

*WARNING! If you scrape, sand or remove old paint, you may release lead dust. LEAD IS TOXIC. Contact the National Lead Information Hotline at 1-800-424-LEAD, or log on to

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What Are the Five Types of Paint Finishes and Why Are They Important?

Choosing a paint color is the first thing most people think of when they think of painting. But did you know the paint finish is just as important – maybe more so – than the color? Here are the five finishes and why it’s important to pick the right one.

What’s a Paint Finish?

Before we jump into the finishes, themselves, let’s talk about what a finish is. A finish is the paint’s texture after it dries, and how much light it reflects off the wall. These can both impact the way you perceive the color (and can accentuate or hide imperfections in the finish).

The Five Paint Finishes

If you’re in the process choosing a paint finish, knowing the full menu of options can help. Here are the five paint finishes:

Flat (or Matte)EggshellSatinSemiglossGloss

Flat paint gives your walls a uniformly smooth appearance. This paint finish is perfect for areas where you want to minimize reflection of the paint’s surface, like living rooms and dining rooms. Flat paint helps mask any less-than-smooth areas in the walls, like nail holes, patches or nail pops. It’s also a natural for ceilings. Low-sheen paints require fewer coats than higher-sheen paints, because there’s less contrast between the touch-up and the rest of the paint job.

Eggshell is a great option for almost any room because it has a soft look of an eggshell. While the finish is low gloss, it’s more reflective than flat paint. Because of its slightly higher sheen, it’s also easier to clean and more durable than flat.

Satin finishes are the most commonly used finish. They reflect more light than eggshell and flat and are good for high-traffic areas like halls and kids’ rooms. They’re even easier to clean than their less shiny counterparts.

Semigloss is more reflective than satin, giving rooms a slightly shiny look. This can make darker rooms brighter, especially when used in light tones like white, cream and other neutrals. While the glossy surface shows more imperfections, it’s good for high-humidity rooms like bathrooms because it resists moisture. Easy to clean, semigloss makes a good option for trim and doors.

Gloss finish is the diva of the group with the highest level of reflectivity. Most commonly used on cabinets, molding and doors, gloss requires more coats than its more matte cousins, but it also cleans up easiest.

Where To Use Each Finish

Flat paint is best used in living rooms, dining rooms, bedrooms or offices – any place you want minimal light reflected in the room.Eggshell can be used in any room in the house, though because it’s more susceptible to humidity, steer clear of eggshell in kitchens and bathrooms.Satin is the most commonly used finish and can be used in any room.Semigloss is great in high-humidity areas like kitchens and baths. It also works on doors and trim.Gloss is used primarily on doors and trim, but some designers use it to achieve a high impact, mirrorlike appearance on walls.

Have more questions about paint finishes? Contact our color consultants. Did you know we’ll mail you free 8″ x 8″ paint samples? Learn more

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PPG Paints 2022 Color of the Year Combines Sanctuary With Sophistication

Introducing the PPG Paints 2022 Color of the Year: Olive Sprig. This relaxed, enticing green emulates the feeling of soothing aloe vera or a fragrant plant. It brightens any space with organic liveliness. A versatile color that lives well inside or outside, Olive Sprig blends in with nearly any environment.

Olive Sprig, the 2022 Color of the Year, can turn a room into a sanctuary. Pair it with brass accents and wood tones for a sophisticated look you’ll love.

Get a Natural Feel

Sanctuary with Sophistication

Elegant, grounded and versatile, this highly adaptable gray green represents growth and resilience.

Global Color Trends Forecast

As part of the choosing the 2022 Color of the Year, the PPG Paints team also creates a Global forecast. This forecast provides direction and inspiration to architects, designers and homeowners across the hotel, retail and residential markets. PPG customers in all business sectors also rely on the forecast for new products and color specifications.

Watch the Global Forecast Video

See All Three of Our 2022 Paint Color Palettes

We brought our 2022 colors to life through three trend stories, each nestled within the overarching theme of Horizon. Here are the three palettes:

Introspective — This color story is for those who prioritize self-care and appreciate life’s simple pleasures. These serene hues impart a warm, lived-in quality, giving any home a sense of simplicity and peace.

Inspired — Are you looking for a mood-boosting shade that’s sure to turn up the volume in any space? This Inspired palette will add an optimistic jolt of energy to your home. It’s perfect for anywhere you want a fresh pop of color, from a front door to a playroom.

Invaluable — Grounded in tradition, Invaluable uses refined darks to create glamorous, artistic interiors. Draw inspiration from the past and pull from a rich library of cultural references for a look of depth and warmth.

Go Introspective

Simplicity and Peace

Add a hint of color to an otherwise neutral-toned kitchen. Or, create an ethereal bedroom retreat with this soulful color palette.

Serene Spaces

Pair these calming, restorative colors with off-whites and neutrals for a warm, lived-in quality.

Get Inspired


Energize your home with these vibrant, joyful hues. (Hey, isn’t that the 2022 Color of the Year on the walls?)


Turn heads with a blue so vibrant it motivates everyone who sees it.

Feel Invaluable

Rich Hues

Draw inspiration from the past to create the palette of the present.

Depth and Warmth

Pair these rich, dark hues with brass and natural wood to turn up the drama.

If you love color as much as we do, you’ll love learning more about the 2022 Color of the Year from PPG Paints.

Want to bring the latest colors into your home? Let our color consultants help you find the hues that are right for you.

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5 Ways to Make Small Rooms Look Bigger


Painting a home can do a lot more to it than give it a face lift. Today, many young homeowners are working with smaller budgets, so they can’t invest in renovations like removing walls and heightening ceilings to make rooms look bigger. One cost-effective way to make rooms feel and appear larger than they actually are is to paint the walls. Read on to learn how you can use paint and décor to take a room from feeling cramped to looking expansive.

Utilize Paint

Something as simple as painting the room a lighter color can make it appear brighter and larger. It’s a good idea to avoid a pure white color, because it can create dramatic shadows with the furniture and décor that actually makes the area look smaller instead of larger. Instead, try light and pale blues, greens, purples, tans, and grays. These are all airy, modern-feeling colors that can go with a wide array of room themes and furniture.

Incorporate Mirrors

Mirrors are a more obvious technique to take a small room and make it appear larger. That’s why you see many apartments with built-in mirrors along the length of walls. While this specific way of utilizing mirrors may be a little overwhelming, a more reasonable way to utilize this method of expansion would be to place large mirrors in areas of the house that don’t receive much light. This will keep the light bouncing around the room, making it look as though it’s more spacious than it actually is.

Invest in Houseplants

Houseplants won’t just make your home feel happier and boost your mood, they’ll also make a space appear more open and airy. If you’re confident in your ability to keep them alive, try investing in some great plants to hang from the ceiling or display on bookshelves. Some excellent, easy-to-care-for houseplants include pothos, succulents, ivy, and snake plants!

Stage the Room with Lighting

A dark space appears cramped, so installing some much-needed lighting to illuminate corners of rooms can help it appear bigger. You can try utilizing lamps, track lighting along ceilings, or just getting around to replacing that lightbulb that went out on the ceiling fan in a room months ago!

Marie Kondo the Room

Finally, the most dreaded way to make a room appear larger is cutting the clutter. Explore your room and open up boxes that have been taking up space in your living room, hallways or closets, and in the famous words of Marie Kondo, ask yourself if what you pull out “brings you joy.” If not, it might be time to donate it!

You don’t always have to put your money into a costly home remodeling project to make it appear larger than it does now. Sometimes, all it takes is a little ingenuity and a small budget!

About the Author

Our team at Platinum Painting has been helping homeowners transform their spaces for years, and we’re sure to never cut corners. We always take the time to understand each of our clients’ visions, so we can achieve the best possible results. This dedication is reinforced by our satisfaction guarantee. If you would like to learn how to expand your living space with a simple coat of paint, we welcome you to visit our website or call 817-380-4404 to schedule a free in-home estimate today!

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Hot Color Trends in Exterior Painting for 2021


After spending so much time at home over the last year and half, you’ve decided to repaint your exteriors now that gatherings are becoming normal again. But which color(s) should you choose? When you go into the paint store, you’re instantly surrounded with nearly limitless options, and it can quickly become overwhelming. We’re here to help you make the right choice for exterior painting! Read on to learn what colors are in style right now to guide you in your selection.

Light Neutrals for Walls

If you’re considering painting your home’s exteriors, lighter colors are a safe bet. Here are just a few of the most popular shades to think about.

Warm, Creamy White

Although you don’t want to paint your outside walls with a true white, a warm, creamy white color is the perfect choice for brightening up your home and making it stand out in the best possible way.

Pale Gray

Although gray decreased in popularity in 2020, pale gray is a great alternative to beige and can add variety to your street’s aesthetics.


Believe it or not, beige is still a great choice for painting your home. However, you should choose a  shade of beige that doesn’t run the risk of turning yellow.

Pale Green and Blue Accents

Paired with one of the light neutral wall colors, pale shades of green or blue are calming yet still visually interesting.

Black Accents

On the opposite end of the spectrum, black is also in style for accents. It’s a great choice if you want something bold!

Two Tones

Depending on the style of your home, you may want to have two main colors. For instance, ranch-style homes look great with complimentary shades.

Wood Trim

Don’t be afraid to add some contrast to the exteriors, even if that contrast is a different texture altogether. Wood, as well as other earthy paint colors, are definitely worth considering.

Knowing the current trends is certainly helpful, but you still have many options available to you. At this point, you may be wondering how you’re ever going to make such an important decision. After all, your home’s exterior is the first thing you and your guests see. Needless to say, the first impression matters. That’s why Platinum Painting offers a free in-person color consultation to help you determine which colors would best suit your home. Regardless of what color choices you make for your home’s exterior, when you work with Platinum Painting, you’re sure to love the results because we’re not happy until you are!

About Platinum Painting

Since opening for business in 2008, Platinum Painting has grown to serve homeowners throughout North Texas. Many of the staff have decades of industry experience and know all the latest design trends. In addition to an at-home color consultation, the initial estimate is carried out in person as well. This enables us to provide accurate quotes and advice and allows you to ask any questions you may have. To schedule your free estimate, just contact Platinum Painting!

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4 Ways Exterior Painting Could Boost Your Home’s Value to Sell


You’re getting your home ready to put on the market. You and your realtor walk around your home and try to see it from a potential buyer’s perspective. Like many sellers, you may need to replace a couple of dead lightbulbs or reduce some clutter, but as you step outside to look at the house with buyers in mind, your realtor points out that your house could definitely use a fresh coat of paint if you’re wanting to get top dollar. Can exterior paint really have an effect on the home value? Absolutely! Here are the ways that investing in exterior painting can help you get more traffic and potential offers.

Cut the Buyer’s List of Doubts

If you’ve ever searched for a home to buy, you’ve likely experienced finding a home that you liked, but it still had those asterisks, you know, those things you’d need to fix or do later on. Perhaps, these flaws were enough to dissuade you from buying the house, or perhaps you made a lower offer as a result. The same could happen with your house. Even little things can scare away buyers from making an offer on your house or reduce the price they make in the offer. When you address the exterior paint, you cut a big-ticket item from your buyers’ potential list of doubts and motivate the buyer to give you a higher or more reasonable offer.

Make a Statement

There’s a reason why realtors talk a lot about curb appeal. It’s important to buyers! You want your house to stand out in the best possible way from other listings, and painting your home’s exteriors is a great way to do that. Whether you have brick, stucco, or wood surfaces, a well-chosen, well-executed paint job can make your house attractive to buyers.

Show the House’s Good Bones

Overall, some interior changes to a house tend to be simpler and more affordable than exterior changes. By taking care of the exterior painting before listing the house, you are making it clear to the buyer that your house already has great potential from the moment they pull up to the house, even if there might be some interior updates that still need to be done.

Get More Return on Your Investment

Compared to some other updates you could make to your house, exterior painting can be one of the most affordable ways to show off the beautiful features of your home. This simple home improvement method costs significantly less than many other projects but can increase your home’s curb appeal, a vital part of appealing to more home buyers.

In the end, although you may not know exactly how much value exterior painting adds to the value of your home, you’re more likely to see interested buyers, which is always good for your bottom line. It’s worth the small investment now to sell your home later.

About Platinum Painting

Since 2008, Platinum Painting has been helping homeowners in the DFW area and beyond increase their properties’ curb appeal. We can paint practically every surface including wood, brick, stucco, vinyl siding, metal, and much more. Although we can use whatever brand you choose, if you have a preference, we tend to pick Sherwin Williams’ SuperPaint Exterior Acrylic paints. Would you like to have a free, in-person estimate? Contact Platinum Painting today!

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How to Paint Over Dark Colors The Easy Way

Ever wondered how to paint over dark colors? Lightening up a room is easy – but it does take a little more elbow grease than repainting an already light-hued space. If you’re ready to get rid of that too dark (or too bright) hue, we’ll walk you through the process in three easy steps.

How To Paint Over Dark Colors

Taking an extra step in the painting process will ensure you completely cover your old paint color. What’s this extra step? Painting with white primer.

Step 1: Prep

First, though, let’s talk prep. A paint job is only as successful as the prep work that came before it, so take a little extra time to do it right.

After you’ve taped and draped your room, fill any holes or uneven areas with filler and then sand smooth. This will give you a clean surface to paint over.

Step 2: Prime

Once the walls are patched, you’re ready for primer. Why use a separate primer when you can buy paint and primer in one can? Because what’s in the paint-plus-primer isn’t really primer – it’s just thicker paint.

Primer is a totally different product than paint. It’s a blend of resin, solvent and other additives, which are made to seal the surface you’re painting and to help the paint bond to the wall. Paint, on the other hand, is simply a blend of resins and pigments, which makes it great at adding color, but not sealing or creating a bond. This sealing/bonding power is what allows primer to cover stains and old colors, where a regular paint might let these bleed through.

After you prep your wall, roll on the primer using M or W shapes to ensure full coverage. Once the primer dries, do a second coat. This ensures the smoothest surface, but it also creates the best sealing and bonding opportunity for what comes next — paint.

Step 3: Paint

Finally, you’re ready to paint. Depending on how bright or dark your original color was (let’s say you’re painting ballet pink over lime green), you may need two coats of paint on top of the primer. We recommend painting on one coat, letting it dry, and then evaluating the finish. If your wall is uneven or you can see the old color bleeding through, do another coat.

Even with two coats of primer, you may still need more than two coats of paint. To get a truly saturated color (and hide what came before), it could take three or even four coats. Be patient because it will work – it just make take a few more coats than you anticipated.

When Do You Use Primer?

In addition to using primer when you paint over a dark color, you should also use it when:

You have damaged, stained or greasy wallsYou’re painting a new surfaceYou’re painting over metal or plasticYou’re painting wallpaperYou’re painting latex over oil paint

Now that you’ve learned how to paint over dark colors, you may be realizing it’s more work than you have time for. If that’s the case, let our interior painting pros take care of it for you. They can help you choose a color then ensure you get the best paint job possible, without your ever lifting a finger.

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Choose Baseboard and Trim Colors That Will Make Your Walls Really Pop


When choosing a color scheme, most of us default to white wall trim and baseboards, no matter what wall color we’re using. And while white baseboards and wall trim are a no-fail combo, there are good reasons to look at other wall and trim color pairings.

Don’t Overlook the Importance of Baseboards and Wall Trim

Trim is an often-overlooked architectural detail, but rooms without it can feel unfinished. It gives spaces a sense of proportion and highlights architectural details, like windows, doors and fireplaces. It can draw the eye up on a room with a low ceiling or balance a room with tall ceilings. Trim lets you know where a room begins and ends — and the type and color of trim you choose helps you define your space’s style.

Paint Walls and Trim the Same Color

If your style is contemporary or transitional, blend the trim and wall color by painting them the same color (or a lighter or darker version of the wall color). This unifies the space and allows rooms to flow into each other, visually. This is a great choice for open-concept floor plans.

Choose a Lighter Hue

Do you love classic, traditional spaces? Use white or off-white paint to play up the architectural details. (Many design pros deem white (like Delicate White) the best color for baseboards and wall trim, no matter what the room’s style or wall color is.) White trim lightens dark walls, and, on lighter walls, it makes the color pop

Make a Design Statement With Dark Baseboards and Trim

Dark trim – especially chocolate, charcoal or black – creates a visual contrast that highlights today’s popular wall colors. It also sets off intricate woodwork in older homes and frames windows to set off a beautiful view.

Decide Which Option Is Best for You

With so many great options, how do you choose? Here are some ideas that may help you narrow the field.

If you want to …

Enlarge the room – Paint the trim the same color as the wall and the walls will appear to recede.

Make the ceiling look higher – Add crown molding to the ceiling, then paint it a darker color than the ceiling. (This doesn’t have to be a big color variance – just a shade or two will do it.) This will draw the eye up and make the ceiling seem taller than it is.

Lower your ceiling – If your home has high ceilings and you want to balance the space, add a chair rail on the walls, then paint the rail or the wall above it a darker hue.

Refresh your room on a budget – Give your room an instant boost by repainting just the baseboards and wall trim. Try pairing black trim with turquoise walls; cream baseboards and trim (instead of white) with greige walls; or match the trim to the wall color in a neutral color scheme.

Get more great color tips on our Color Tool, where you can browse trending colors and request free 8” x 8” paint swatches. Or learn more about our house painting services and let our pros do the work for you.

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