Trim is the unspoken hero in home design. It has the power to pull together an entire home design without even being noticed. It can be as bold or as understated as you wish. When it comes to homes, most either have white or wood trim. Both have their pros and cons.


Natural wood trim, which is usually oak, can add warmth and earthiness to any home. But it can also be tricky to find paint colors that work well with wood trim, especially if it’s oak. Here are a few paint colors that our custom home builders have found work well!


Warm Whites & Off-Whites

People are often surprised to find just how hard it is to pick a white paint color. Picking white paints is one of the most challenging tasks, but warm whites or off-whites work perfectly with natural wood trim. Stay away from icy or pure whites, as these are too cool to work with warm wood trim. Creamier whites will be far more successful!


Paint Color Recommendation: SW Pure White, Behr Swiss Coffee, SW Alabaster


Warm Grays & Greiges

A common misconception that people have is that greys can’t work with natural wood trim. This is not true at all! Not all grays are cool-toned. A warmer gray paint, or a greige paint which is a cross between gray and beige, works wonderfully with warm wood trim.


Paint Color Recommendations: SW Sandy Hook Gray, BM Edgecomb Gray, BM Revere Pewter


Sage Greens

Sage green is one of those colors that works well with almost anything. It can take a backseat and let bolder colors shine or be the star and compliment whets already there. It’s the perfect paint color to pick if you want less of a neutral and more of a color. It’s also a good choice if you’re trying to mix warm and cool tones. Plus the green compliments the earthiness of natural wood trim!


Paint Color Recommendations: BM Hillside Green, BM Sage Wisdom, FB Lichen



Having wood trim doesn’t mean you have to stick with neutrals. A calming blue-green paint color looks beautiful with wood trim! These colors work great in bathrooms and bedrooms as they’re calming and play wonderfully with natural wood. Look for a blue-green paint if you want something a little more fun and playful, while still being calming.


Paint Color Recommendations: SW Sea Salt, SW Rainwashed, BM Palladian Blue


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