Moving into a new home is exciting and filled with opportunity. Usually this is a great time to update and painting is the #1 thing you can do to instantly refresh a space without spending a lot of money.

Many homes in this area have golden oak trim and while it works beautifully in historic or craftsman style homes it can date and bring down most other homes faster than you can say ‘paint me’.

Most people have traditionally painted their wood trim white, but if your walls are all white, that can be pretty boring. So, what do you do? Rather than paint both I chose a warm grey to paint the wood trim. Every base board, every door, every doorway, every window received a fresh coat (or 2) of soft gray paint.

It’s a current and refreshing trend in home design to paint trim in a color slightly darker than the walls. I looked long and hard for a neutral gray with warm undertones that would also work well with warm neutrals. The particular color I chose is a called Crushed Ice and is available at Sherwin-Williams. It is not too dark, not too light, it is just right . . . my Goldilocks color.

The effect is light and bright and very current, bringing this home into the 21st century. Now the trim and walls become a modern backdrop for furniture and artwork instead of competing with an array of contrasting lines.