While it's common to paint over dark wood trim with white paint, we think there's good reason to keep the wood natural and let it shine. Wood trim can feel wonderfully homey and welcoming, and can lend a vintage feel to your home. By letting your home's inherent beauty shine through, you add a type of warmth that can't be replicated. But to prevent your home from feeling too dark, it's important to pick the right shade of wall paint colors that go with wood trim.
While more of our suggestions fall into the white or beige family, there are a few bolder choices that work just as beautifully with wood trim.
- Color Family: Mostly neutrals include grays, beiges, and greiges, plus whites, greens, and blues
- Complementary Colors: Varies
- Pairs Well With: Wall colors pair well with medium to dark wood trim
- Mood: Cozy to sophisticated and vintage
- Where to Use: Walls, built-ins, doors
Here are the 10 best paint colors that go well with natural wood trim.
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The stunning home shown above from oakolivestudio feels open, airy, and a little bit vintage in the best way in part to the color wall paint. Greige is a perfect choice to pair with wood trim because it looks fresh and organic but not stark, and keeps the wood trim from feeling too dark. Sherwin-Williams' Ice Cube (SW 6252) is a light gray with slightly cool undertones which looks lovely against dark wood trim. Should you ever want to paint your trim white, this versatile paint color also works beautifully with light colors.
The Craftsman style is known for darker walls and trim, but it also surprisingly favors lighter neutral, pastel, and even vibrant jewel-toned wall colors in rooms with dark wood trim.
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We love Benjamin Moore's Vapor Trails (1556) because it's a cool grayish-green paint that looks almost white in rooms where natural light is abundant. When painted next to natural wood trim, the soft green undertones shine through. It's a perfect choice for a bedroom or an office that could use a little pop of color that isn't overwhelming.
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Behr's Snow Fall (W-F-600) is a lovely neutral white shade that is perfect for lightening up any home and works well with dark gray trim to the darkest brown wood trim. It doesn't have harsh cool or warm undertones, and because it lacks any yellow, it's perfect for toning down a yellowish wood trim. We love this white for a bedroom because it's soothing and not stark.Continue to 5 of 10 below.
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If you have a lot of warmth in your natural wood trim and want to tone down any of the orange hues, you'll love Benjamin Moore's Chantilly Lace (OC-65). This crisp, clean, and cool white paint has soft blue undertones and adds a lot of visual interest and high contrast against dark wood trim.
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If you want to play up the warmth in your wood trim, go for a warm paint color that brings out the reds and oranges in the wood. We love Valspar's Du Jour (7002-6) because it's a creamy off-white with soft orange undertones that pairs beautifully with a variety of wood finishes.
Completely test a warm white paint color in the room before painting. A neutral with too much yellow or orange undertone for your room will make dark wood trim look dingy.
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A neutral green is a lovely choice for a home with wood trim because it feels earthy and woodsy, and plays up the look of organic wood. The Spruce Best Home's Quiet Green (SPR-09) is a muted, soft green that works best with lighter or medium natural wood trim. Use this darker green for an accent wall when your room has dark trim.
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While many of the best colors to pair with medium to dark wood trim are whites or neutrals, that doesn't mean you can't add in a color, too. Benjamin Moore's Iceberg (2122-50) is a crisp light blue that adds a punch of color to your living space or hallways without darkening the space. This is another color that works beautifully with white should you ever want to lighten your trim.Continue to 9 of 10 below.
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Do you think wood trim means you can't paint with a dark color? Sherwin-Williams' Inkwell (SW 6992) dispels the myth. This rich black has just enough blue in it to look almost navy in the right space. It feels incredibly cozy, moody, and undeniably elegant and classic when paired with rich, dark wood trim.
If you are painting a room with low ceilings and dark trim, paint the walls and trim the same dark color to give the appearance of a higher ceiling.
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