RENOVATION: Contrasting Trim Paint Color

Back from vacation and we've hit the ground running to keep our spring projects list in check. I'm going to share a future post about all of those spring projects but in the meantime I wanted to recap the Guest Room 3 contrasting trim.

Contrasting trim has been included on trending watch lists for a few years. Certainly not a paint technique we invented, the design community has long embraced the concept.

In it's most simple form, this painting technique uses a darker paint color on the trim/molding than the wall paint color.


From there, the trend can be modified with the use of very subtle or bold paint selections, and further with the paint finish.

I debated whether or not this type of design detail would work in Content; scouting the internet for inspiration.

I was worried that our old home would not properly articulate this seemingly modern trend, but with faith in my initial design, we decided to do it.


With Guest Room 3, we works from the ceiling down; transforming the red ceiling into a more beachy vibe with dark exposed beams and white cross sections.

We continued with Benjamin Moore Simply White down onto walls, and then highlighted the existing chair rail, windows, doors and baseboard with the contrasting color.


The chair rail is original to the house, and when it comes to original details we always try to make them a focal point. John topped the chair rail with a simple, more modern trim that brought old and new together, and added a base board.


We actually tried two different paint colors before settling on the final selection. We lived with the colors for a few days and watched as they reacted to the natural light in the space.

The difference in shade was subtle, but the tone made the decision clear and Benjamin Moore Baby Fawn was the winner.

Benjamin Moore Baby Fawn OC-15

Benjamin Moore Baby Fawn OC-15


So, what do you think? Would you try contrasting trim in your home?