What paint colours work best with stained wood trim? I generally select neutral colours when I am painting a room with natural wood details, whether cabinets or stain-grade trim. Greens, greys, whites and beiges are no-brainers. Warmer colours, like orange, brown, rust and red, work too, but the deeper tones of these colours work best. Here are 11 great spaces that I think got the choice of paint colours right.
Creamy white works with honey- and amber-toned trim; this is Benjamin Moore’s Sweet Spring 1500. I like creamy whites in an eggshell or pearl finish for just a little bit of sheen. Save a flat finish for ceilings; a little bit of sheen will make cleaning minor scuffs on walls easier.
White is an obvious choice with wood trim. Stay away from bright white and look for something with milky undertones. Here is Farrow & Ball’s Slipper Satin 2004.
Beige, tan and ivory work great with light and dark shades of wood. Here is Mesa Verde Tan AC-33 by Benjamin Moore. Notice the wood floors are a contrasting colour to the trim. The contrast is nice with the trim, while the darker colours are highlighted again in the rug.
Cream is also a beautiful choice, but be careful not to confuse cream with yellow. Yellow is not a good choice for wood trim, in my opinion. If you have amber-toned wood trim, like Douglas fir or pine, try Gentle Cream OC-96 by Benjamin Moore or Glow W-B-310 by Behr.
Grey is a winner with soft, blonde or weathered wood tones. Here the cabinets under the stairs and tread colour are Bedford Gray by Martha Stewart Living, a perfect choice with the weathered wood ceiling.
“Greige” is a great neutral with wood trim. The trick is the right shade. Go toward a warmer greige if you have red-toned trim or cabinets, like cherry or mahogany. This one is Benjamin Moore’s Pismo Dunes AC-32.
Light blue with subtle grey undertones works great with a medium-toned walnut. Here Sherwin-Williams’ North Star SW6246 blends beautifully with the wood beams and white trim.
Turquoise and aqua shades can work too. This great shade of aqua, Blue Ground 210, by Farrow & Ball, evokes spring and looks great with the amber-toned ceiling.
Oranges, rust and red work with many wood trim colours. Try earthy reds and oranges with brown undertones, like this canyon-inspired shade, Baked Clay SW6340, by Sherwin-Williams.
What colour would you match with woodwork? Let us know in the Comments.