Trim Doesn’t Have to be White

Trim Doesn't need to be white
November 4, 2020

Accent Trim — How to Do It

Have you ever seen trim in a color other than white and thought about if it was a good idea or not? I am here to tell you that it IS a good idea.


Why paint your trim a color?

  1. Be unique- most of the world has white trim.
  2. Highlight your architectural features.
  3. If you want white walls, this is the way to do it by creating contrast!

I LOVE white walls! In fact, I like bright white walls and contrasting trim.

Some of my favorite trim colors against white walls:

  • White walls, black trim
  • White walls, gray trim
  • White walls, taupe trim
  • White walls, cream trim

If you have earth toned walls, some great combinations are:

  • Beige walls, taupe trim
  • Taupe walls, black trim
  • Beige/taupe walls, chocolate trim

If you have cool toned walls, some great combinations are:

  • Gray walls, navy trim
  • Gray walls, black trim
  • Gray walls, eggplant purple trim


Colored doors

WOW factor award!

If you aren’t willing to make the jump to colored trim, colored doors are a great way to create contrast against a light or neutral wall. Also, darker doors hide wear and tear! Consider doing a charcoal gray or iron ore colored door against your light gray walls and white trim! The higher your door height and the higher quality the doors, the better for making them bolder.


Floor to Ceiling Trim


Colored trim in the form of wall panels is a no brainer when designing a high-end dining room, office or powder room. I cannot express into words how elegant this look is- you will not regret it!

Highlight your trim and your whole house will change before your eyes!

xo dsv


Written by Danielle Saintard Valiente

Danielle Saintard Valiente is an entrepreneur, author, speaker and community advocate in the Cape Fear region. As owner of Port City Design Group, Danielle is living her passion by collaborating with her clients and subcontractors in order to execute one-of-a-kind, life changing designs, while making lifelong relationships. Having lived in Wilmington since 2010, Danielle plans to contribute to the area's growth and continue to make an impact through design.

About Port City Design Group

Port City Design Group is an interior design firm that creates experiences through the turnkey presentation of luxury residential and commercial interiors. PCDG brings communication and organization to the jobsite, while taking the stress off of the client, with an efficient and enjoyable process. With a facility over 4000 square feet, PCDG operates with an office and warehouse all in house, with the ability to take all projects from start to finish, with a BIG REVEAL at the end!