Ask The Decorating Files: This week’s question concerns painting interior doors and trim…
I live in a condo built in the 70’s. It is long and narrow with a front door that opens to a narrow hallway with many doors (6). I am getting ready to paint the hallway and have picked a color for the wall, Paladium Blue by Sherwin Williams. I hesitate to paint the doors and trim around them some version of white, because I feel it will just highlight them. Would it be a good idea to paint the doors and trim the same color as the walls? Thanks, Paula
You’re right, Paula. Painting the doors and trim white will make them stand out. Painting them the same color as the walls will help them to blend in and almost disappear. This is a great idea for a narrow hall with so many doors. If you’d like a bit of contrast, you can go a shade lighter or darker for the trimwork and doors. The doors will still blend in with the walls. For the walls, I’d recommend using a satin or eggshell finish and a semi-gloss on the trim and doors. For inspiration, here are 10 rooms in which the walls, doors, and trimwork are painted the same or similar color.
Painting Interior Doors and Trim the Same Color
1 This hallway has lots of doors in it, too. But they don’t jump out at you, because they blend in with the wall color. The focus is on the skylight, beautiful doorway, and decorative sconces.
2 In this room, the built-in cabinetry was also painted in the same color as the walls, doors and trim. Notice how this helps the accessories stand out.
Designer: Angie Hranowsky
3 Light curtains with a Greek key accent and white matting on the artwork and accessories keep the gray in this room from becoming to heavy.
4 Finishing the fireplace mantel in a lighter color gives it more prominence in this dining room.
5 Deep colors on the walls and cabinetry create a cozy library. The light ceiling and area rug balance out all the darker tones.
6 Plenty of natural light flows into this mudroom. Painting everything the same color visually expands the small space.
7 Deep blues make for an inviting room. The large window provides lots of light and opens the space.
8 A mix of modern and traditional furnishings look fabulous in this dark blue study. I love the clean lines of the white lacquered nesting tables and the contemporary twist on wingback chairs.
9 Blue is a hot choice for rooms! In this photo, you can see that the doors and trimwork are done in a gloss finish.
10 The amazing crown molding in this room is able to take center stage when the walls and trim are all painted in the same color.
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