One of the most exciting aspects of owning a home is being able to make it into your own personal masterpiece. In such a scenario, there are all manner of different redecorating options, not the least of which is the ability to paint and repaint your home to your heart’s content. When selecting a color to paint your walls and ceilings, you want to choose something that’s subtle, crisp, and bright enough to bring a sense of warmth to your interior. When choosing paint for the exterior of your home, you must be even more practically-minded, with an eye towards ensuring that the paint you select remains vibrant over time without fading or flaking.
For as focused on these utilitarian aspects as you might be, however, there are still many ways by which you can add a dash of character to your paint job, and adding the perfect complementary trim is one of them. These tips can help you do just that, utilizing trim colors to help make your home a masterpiece both inside and out.
Choosing Complementary Colors
One of the basic tenets of color theory for not just painting homes but painting in general is the idea of complementary colors. It’s one of the things that makes the colors in Impressionist works like Monet’s Water Lilies and Post-Impressionist works like Seurat’s famed La Grande Jatte stand out so much. Different colors set against one another help bring out the individual character of each color while simultaneously creating a greater, more vibrant whole. The same principle works when it comes to selecting your home’s trim. Consider your base color – what other colors, when set against it, form a nice pairing? Blues and greens, reds and yellows, lighter and darker colors – the right combination of colors can make all the difference.
Choosing Something Timely
In addition, you’re going to want to take the time to review current home painting trends and pick something that can help bring a bit of timely style to your domicile. There are a wealth of different trends which are popular at the moment, from more off-beat colors such as electric greens and blues to rich, deep purples. Of course, color itself is just half the story. You always want to be sure that the colors you choose complement the overall design aesthetic of your home. Electric blue trim for a modern home? That might well be compelling. Electric blue on a rustic-themed home? That’s just out of place.
Choosing Something Timeless
For as important as it is to look at what’s trendy at the moment, you also want to be mindful of the fact that your paint job is bound to last for a long time. As such, you’re going to want to choose something which you feel confident can stand the test of time. Think of paint for your home’s trim in the same way you would consider fashion choices. Bell-bottom jeans had their day in the 70s. Imagine what it’d feel like to have everyone see you wearing those bell-bottoms every day for the next twenty years. Is your paint trim selection a timeless combo, or is it a bell-bottom-esque trend that’s sure to leave your home looking more dated than disco in years to come?
All this and more can help you choose the right paint trim option for your home.