Design Dare: Paint Your Trim Black

Design Dare: Paint Your Trim Black

Nancy Mitchell
Jul 16, 2014

Want to make something stand out? Highlight it in black. In most homes, trim elements like crown molding and window and door casings are painted white, but these rooms turn that convention on its head — to dramatic effect.

In the Birmingham, Michigan home pictured above, black trim creates a beautiful framework for a mix of antique pieces. I like that the trim matches the picture frame, making it feel more integrated and deliberate.

Here's another room in the same home. Painting the ceiling beams black really makes them a powerful feature in the room.

Painting just the window trim black (as in this Brooklyn townhouse) really makes the windows stand out... it's a little like eyeliner for your home.

High-gloss doors and trim (as in this image, from Bruynzeel Deuren) are especially striking.

Of course, the black trim isn't the only thing that makes this apartment amazing... but it helps. I love how the glossy black wainscot sets of the crazy modern yellow piece.

And finally, feast your eyes on this home by Jessica Helgerson Interior Design, where all the trim, including the kitchen cabinets and ceiling beams, is painted a deep black. It really sets off the velvet sofa and gives the whole home a rich, old-world feel.

What do you think? Would you take the plunge and paint your trim black? Or is it just a bit much?

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