Monday, December 21, 2009

A new trim trend

While browsing some ezines online, I started noticing a popular trend in trim treatment.

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It's something I had seen Martha Stewart do a while back, but here's more for you. Basically, the approach is to paint out everything the same color, to provide a striking backdrop for feature items to pop against and unify the space.
I've heard traditional trim treatment referred to as a "bright white frame". In a way, it kinda is.
Unifying the trim and wall color does update and modernize more formal architectural features.
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What do you think of this painting approach? It certainly is a change. Do you like it? Hate it?

(Scrambling to get holiday preparations in order, so posts might be a bit light this week- my apologies! -Rachel)


15 comments:

Easy Does It Redesign and Consulting said...

How timely your post is! I recently tried the same approach in our master - and actually quite by accident!. I'm still very undecided. In fact - a soon-to-be post on my blog is going to be about what's going on with that. It will be very interesting to hear what others say.
Have a wonderful holiday, Rachel!!

Rachel said...

Easy Does It- can't wait to see what you did. Your comment about "quite by accident" reminds me of another point i wanted to make.

one more detail that adds a layer of complexity to an otherwise "paint it all one color" approach: wood trim should be painted in a semi-gloss finish, whereas you might not want that level of sheen on your walls (shows every imperfection on the wall surface) so, you still have the task of carefully painting the trim separately. just gives a different effect.

Karen said...

I like it much more for the darker colors than the lighter. The lighter colors look. well... blah! I like it for the darker colors because it takes away from the usually stark contrast between white woodwork and dark walls. At least a glaze or something to soften the contrast is welcoming to the eye!

Barbara Jacobs - IntegralColor said...

Thanks for the subject, Rachel - I've been doing this for some time, especially when the trim is not architecturally interesting and does not have a specific function in the room -- other than to protect the walls (from vacuum cleaners, etc!).
I agree it does make a space look less 'traditional." Here in New England we see a lot of the "white trim" default approach that often detracts from the shapes of the space. I find that using a contrasting sheen/paint finish-- for durability in some areas if nothing else--as you stated, the semi-gloss (or at least a satin if walls are flat). Sometimes a slightly different tone or hue also works well.

Nicole said...

I've also had to deal with the problem of trim color but the issue was more due to the black stained floors. White trim was too harsh so in the main living areas the trim was painted a tone darker than the walls (which were F&B Slipper Satin). In the bedrooms, where the walls all had a color, the trim was painted out to match the walls. The only room that I am dissatisfied with is the office, which was papered in a terracota color and I just can't bring myself to paint the entire door to ;match even though all the baseboards and window trim have been painted out. It does take a lot of conviction to go with this.

Maria Killam said...

I think everything works in context. And a good idea if you don't have any white or cream in the decorating scheme, then it could look even more coordinated!!
Merry Christmas Rachel!!
x
Maria

Elizabeth Brown said...

Rachel, this makes so much sense to me!

It addresses challenges I have had by expertly sequencing small spaces within the existing interior architecture.

I say...get rid of all limiting beliefs!

Anonymous said...

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But let me ask you this? Does free speech reign in the blogosphere or is it just an infomercial? I called one blogger on her verbatim plagiarism of Leatrice
Eiseman, because I was appalled and my comments were deleted over and over like I was in China or something. They were never published.

Isn't this supposed to be about colorful discussion and not adulation?

Rachel said...

anon- i completely agree with you, if you have a legit comment on topic with the post and you're not being snarky or anything like that, i think you have every right to have your voice heard. every blogger handles comments differently, as they do retain the right to moderate as they see fit. i like to think we have an open forum going, but everyone has their own approach.

Rachel said...

Barbara- thanks so much for your insight.

Nicole- what if you were to take a darker tone from the terracotta wallpaper in the office for the door? it does take guts to shirk "traditional" trim treatment, so good for you!

Elizabeth- down with limiting beliefs!

Barbara Jacobs - IntegralColor said...

I just saw this post on facebook by my friend, Dave West of Meadowview Construction. Here's the "old school" method of same-color-trim! Just for fun...the pink barn--http://bit.ly/PinkBarn. Enjoy!

Rachel said...

Barbara- love the pink barn- what a riot!

Carol Ann said...

I truly believe that the white racing stripe of trim around the floors of a room takes away from the whole design of the room, so I always tell my clients to paint it all out the colour of the walls...you can always paint it back if you miss the racing stripe...
Lately my clients husbands have been installing beautiful hardwood floors in deep browns and the baseboard in white takes away from the look, I mentioned painting it out to one and she said "oh my husband will be thrilled with you, he wants to do that, please tell him its ok to do" The smile on his face said it all when I mentioned it...
I saw her the other day and she said how wonderful it looked, you can see the floors right to the walls...no break of white between them! and she is going to tell all her friends how good it looks to paint it out, not to mention less work for the painter...

Anonymous said...

Hmm, my parents have always had the walls, ceiling and trim painted the same color, but it looks really boring (probably because everything is beige). But I'm talking about rental property painting - you know, the cheap "let's just make this look clean for the next tenant" approach.

Kate said...

I'm late to the party.

I've just been painting my new house - the walls, and the trim. We painted the trim white. The last paint job had the colours all to the floor.

It didn't help that it was a terrible paint job, with terrible colours, but it just looked lazy. In a small space, in light colours, in a room that is not going to be dressed and the furniture is still a bit of a mishmash, it looks unfinished.

But I have to say, in a dark sophisticated colour, with wood floors, in a large space, and/or a completely designed and finished space, I think it looks modern, sophisticated and well done.