10 Examples of Painted Trim

One of the fastest and easiest ways to give your home a fresh new look is with paint.  Normally we think of painting our walls, but what about painting your trim a different color?  Although I love the look of beautiful wood trim throughout a house, I also enjoy painted trim and the way it can transform a room!

A beautiful teal color sets off the windows and doors in this home with its nod to Craftsman style. The use of color gives this dining room added depth and interest.

Dining Room by Norwich Architects & Building Designers Smith & Vansant Architects PC


Pale blue coats the window trim and baseboards in this charming bedroom. White walls sets it all off and gives the space a fresh, clean look.

Bedroom by San Francisco Interior Designers & Decorators Studio Munroe


A gorgeous staircase is painted in a creamy color with chocolate brown stairs. Red-toned wallpaper makes the colors pop. Even the radiator gets a fun coat of dark blue paint!

Farmhouse Staircase by Groton General Contractors Platt Builders


Painted trim extends to a built-in corner cabinet in this farmhouse dining room. Color can unify a room quickly and easily, and is always cost effective!

Farmhouse Dining Room by Groton General Contractors Platt Builders


Do you like blue kitchen cabinets? In our first home, which was a Sears kit home, I painted the cabinet beneath our farmhouse sink a similar shade of blue. The edges of the sink were curved and I had the cabinet underneath the sink custom made with rounded edges.

Farmhouse Kitchen by Groton General Contractors Platt Builders


Beautiful painted trim doesn’t have to be relegated to the interior of your home. Consider painting your front door and door trim contrasting colors for a unique, custom look.

Traditional Exterior by Other Metro Paint & Wall Coverings Dulux Paint


If a pink door is too bold for your taste, consider a beautiful blue!

Tropical Entry by Titusville Lighting Barn Light Electric Company


You can never go wrong with white painted trim. I have white trim throughout my home, and it looks great with any wall color.

Rustic Staircase by Other Metro Architects & Building Designers Catalyst Architects, LLC


If you’re not ready to paint an entire room’s trim work, consider painting just a focal point like this laundry room window.

Laundry Room by Carlsbad Interior Designers & Decorators Hamilton-Gray Design, Inc.


Here’s another example of window trim painted a contrasting color, which also appears on the wall to the right.

Transitional Kitchen by New York Media & Bloggers Vendome Press

 I love wood trim … but I love painted trim equally. How about you? Do you prefer natural wood or painted trim?


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  1. Hi Jennifer,
    Love the pictures; my favourite one is the nursery. I am going to paint our bedroom soon and the colours in this picture are the same as I have chosen with the exception I was going to paint the walls with colour and the trim with the white paint. After having seen this picture I may switch them around. Thank you for sharing these. Hope you are comfortable at home. We are experiencing a bit of heat wave these days. Going to the beach today. Take care.
    Kim http://kim-lettersfromtheshore.blogspot.ca/

  2. I like painted trim. My husband is the one who needs to be convinced that our wood trim needs an update. Lol!

  3. Love the zing of color on the trim. It make a fresh look with the white on cupboards, walls etc. Love this!

  4. I love painted trim! And unexpected color on ceilings too. But then, I love wood trim too. Depends on the room. These are excellent examples, the dining room built in reminds me of my first nursery room, you know, when we had to wait for the baby to be born to know its sex?? And I would take that launxry room in a heartbeat. There was a sears kit home in my previous neighborhood that had undergone some beautiful transformations,,I always wanted to ask for a tour:). Sounds like you had yours fixed up cute,

  5. Thanks so much for this post! I’ve been looking for something cheap but appropriate for remodeling and improving rooms in my apartment. You’re absolutely right–painted trim is gorgeous, yet subtle. Would you suggest using a standard paint? Or is there a special kind of substance you prefer? Thanks for sharing!

  6. It is amazing how much of a difference some trim can make for a home. It really can help add a lot to the look and design of your house. In these pictures I am especially a fan of the light green trim. That is definitely unique and different from anything that I have seen.

  7. Love the colors! And that nursery with the white balls bouncing about on the ceiling is ever so much fun!

  8. Nan, Odessa, DE says:

    I have white walls in the great and dining rooms with a warm light tan woodwork.
    I can now use white or natural back grounds in things like drapes, slip covers.
    I don’t like white and naturals mixed, but this makes it ok.

  9. The trim color in the nursery with the white balls on the ceiling is the same color I just recently have incorporated in my master (mistress?) bedroom. I have white painted trim, but was able to find sheer draperies, a comforter with various shades of this color, and cushions matching the draperies for my wicker chair in that pale, light turquoise/blue color. It is the most relaxing and soothing color I have ever used and I love it. I have light gray walls and dark floors and this pale color, so far, is my favorite bedroom color ever. Thanks for posting all the trim ideas. I’m sure many of your followers, including me, were able to see some of these in our own homes.

  10. Marlene Stephenson says:

    I love the stairway and that pretty blue color on the trim. It does make the difference, thanks Jennifer.

  11. I never thought about painted trims, but you made me crave them. All of these look so gorgeous! That mint green from the second picture is simply stunning. Love it!

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