interiors & styling: Trend Alert : Contrast Trim

If you follow along on stories, you probably already know what color we painted the master bedroom. I haven’t shared the reveal yet, but…. spoiler alert– theres lots of beautiful contrast trim. It’s a paint trend I’ve been noticing more and more lately! Basically, the wall color and trim color are reversed- lighter walls with darker trim. It’s not for everyone, but it certainly makes a statement and showcases beautiful millwork, mouldings, and architectural features. I’m 100% on board. Click through for beautiful examples and lots of inspiration…

Contrast millwork certainly isn’t a new concept. It’s been around forever and is really quite classic! I love that we’re seeing more and more people stray from standard white trim and mouldings in their homes. I opted for a subtle color palette in my bedroom, but for those of you jumping on the high-contrast train, like the navy and white image below, you deserve mega bonus points. The risk seems to always pay off.


You can also mix and match your painted trim. For instance, the image below features custom cabinetry, built-ins, door casings, and base board all painted the same gray, but did you notice the crown moulding? It’s white! I actually like that the crown was left white… it gives your eye a place to rest and makes the ceiling height appear a bit taller than it actually is. It all depends on the space!

Whether you’re ready to try contrast trim that is light and subtle, or heavy and high-contrast, each look nods to the lines of your home.

It’s funny, I was chatting with my sister on the phone (who is our number one fan when it comes to the renovation), and she confessed there is one thing she didn’t love that we have done so far. Any guesses? Yep, the contrast trim in the master. Like I said, it’s not for everyone, but I think these images are proof that it’s pretty gorgeous when done well! My sister and I have a pretty similar aesthetic, so I have a feeling she’ll come around. You can get a glimpse into the space she’s talking about below. If you’re interested on what’s behind those doors, find my closet here, and Emmett’s closet here.

While we’re on the topic of trim, we used Metrie for our entire renovation and I couldn’t be happier! If you’re not sure where to start or which millwork style is appropriate for your home, they take the guesswork out of the equation, breaking their collections down by styles. I selected a ton of mouldings from the Fashion Forward Collection. The world of millwork is super vast, but it’s amazing how it instantly transforms a home. I completed a seminar on interior mouldings and my eyes were totally opened. Ever since, it’s been a huge priority during renovating or home updates- as opposed to an afterthought.

In my opinion, the best part of an old home is the character. To me, most of the character lies within the architecture. Millwork is a huge part of that! How charming is this charcoal and white hallway that leads up a spiral staircase? From the wainscoting to the stair rail, everything ties together nicely to tell a beautiful story and draws you up the staircase.

What do you think? Are you guys loving this trend as much as I am? I almost hate to call it a trend because it’s really such a classic way of painting that has been around forever and will continue to withstand the test of time. I’m just glad it’s resurfacing! Thoughts? I’d love to hear them!

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