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In the typical new home, very little consideration is given to defining trimwork, doors and windows. Standard trim color is applied, and door and windows are often overlooked in lieu of attending to other more “important” decorating decisions. However, taking the time to consider these three areas can make all the difference between your home looking “average” versus FABULOUS!
Although there are many options for defining these areas, here are a couple of helpful, yet simple, ideas for customizing your look….
  • Choose different shades of your wall and ceiling colors to define your molding and trim. Here is the basic formula:
  1. Lightest shade on the ceiling
  2. Darker shade on the molding
  3. Next darker shade on the trim
  4. Darkest shade on the walls  (can be up to 2 shades darker than the trim color)

This photo shows a great example of how this paint formula conveys.

This room shows a modified version of these painting guidelines. Photo from Chahan Interior Designs.

  • Paint doors a darker color than the walls, or choose doors made of different materials from the walls.  Choosing a different finish, such as glossy or veneer, is another excellent option.

Photo from Elle Decor.

Photo from House Beautiful.

Doors with black veneer. Photo from William Waldron.

Wooden doors. Photo from Southern Living.

Gorgeous wooden door! Photo from House Beautiful.

Showcasing doors by choosing a contrasting paint or alternate construction material is a fabulous way to add customized beauty to your home.  In doing so, the transition between rooms is defined.

NOW, GO HAVE AN “It’s So Fabulous!” DAY!

IF YOU WOULD LIKE HELP WITH MAKING YOUR HOME EVEN MORE FABULOUS, PLEASE CONTACT ME FOR AN IN-HOME OR ONLINE CONSULTATION  AT KIMBERLY@KNOTTINGHILLINTERIORS.COM

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