Painting Baseboards, Trim, & Molding


finishing touches on interior painting


One of the features likely to evoke a compliment from a visitor is if they see beautiful crown molding or baseboard trim in a home. Selecting the right paint color and finish for trim can provide just the right finishing touch — adding that “wow” factor every homeowner desires.


Continuity or Contrast?

In general, most homes will have the same type of trim pieces throughout the entire home. Using the same trim paint color and finish offer continuity, and it helps to provide a balanced look even if the wall colors vary from room to room.



Of course, there is no hard and fast rule when it comes to trim color and finish. In many cases, it comes down to personal preference. Some homeowners love the look of a feature wall here and there throughout the home. Painting the trim the same color as a feature wall is a great way to marry the trim with the boldness of the feature wall. Some homeowners may decide to paint their crown molding the same color as a room’s ceiling. This strategy draws the eye upward and can make a smaller room appear larger.


Color and Finish

Selecting a neutral paint color for trim, such as white, one of the many shades of gray, or black, can provide the backdrop for a home’s other notable features. In addition, the height of one’s trim can be a factor when considering which finish is best. For a striking look, a wide trim covered in glossy white paint will definitely add contrast to any wall paint color. Those who prefer a more subtle look may want to use a semi-gloss or satin finish for their trim.


The Main Takeaway

Continuity may be exactly the look you want for your home, but there is also a place for contrast if you decide you want to be a little adventurous.


Trim Prepping

  1. Remove the trim before wall painting, if possible. If not, at least cover it during the wall painting process to protect against drips.
  2. When ready, give your trim a good dusting, and if necessary a cleaning with a mild soap and a damp (not dripping wet) rag.
  3. Note any gouges, large scratches, etc. and fill them with wood putty. Follow the putty instructions for sanding and removing particles.
  4. Protect walls with painters tape and floors with plastic sheeting, and/or a canvas drop cloth.
  5. Use two coats of primer if switching a dark trim to a light color, or if painting unfinished trim such as quarter round (shoe molding).
  6. Begin painting!


If you want to take your trim from bland to grand, we can help! Please contact us today for more expert painting tips.