11 Terrific Paint Color Matches for Wood Details

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By Charmean Neithart, Houzz

What paint colors work best with stained wood trim? I generally select neutral colors when I am painting a room with natural wood details, whether cabinets or stain-grade trim. Greens, grays, whites and beiges are no-brainers. Warmer colors, like orange, brown, rust and red, work too, but the deeper tones of these colors work best. Here are some great spaces that I think got the choice of paint colors right. 

Paint 1jamesthomas Interiors, original photo on Houzz

Creamy white works with honey- and amber-toned trim; this is Benjamin Moore’s Sweet Spring 1500. I like creamy whites in an eggshell or pearl finish for just a little bit of sheen. Save a flat finish for ceilings; a little bit of sheen will make cleaning minor scuffs on walls easier.

White is an obvious choice with wood trim. Stay away from bright white and look for something with milky undertones. Browse More Living Room Photos for Ideas to use at home.

Paint 2Lowe’s Home Improvement, original photo on Houzz

My favorite neutral with wood trim is green. The olive-toned greens are the best. Greens work with red, brown and blonde woods. I love this shade by Valspar, Grandma’s Linen 6001-1C.

Paint 3Hendel Homes, original photo on Houzz

Beige, tan and ivory work great with light and dark shades of wood. Here is Mesa Verde Tan AC-33 by Benjamin Moore. Notice the wood floors are a contrasting color to the trim. The contrast is nice with the trim, while the darker colors are highlighted again in the rug.

Cream is also a beautiful choice, but be careful not to confuse cream with yellow. Yellow is not a good choice for wood trim, in my opinion. If you have amber-toned wood trim, like Douglas fir or pine, try Gentle Cream OC-96 by Benjamin Moore or Glow W-B-310 by Behr.

Paint 4Knickerbocker Group, original photo on Houzz

Gray is a winner with soft, blonde or weathered wood tones. Here the cabinets under the stairs and tread color are Bedford Gray by Martha Stewart Living, a perfect choice with the weathered wood ceiling.

“Greige” is a great neutral with wood trim. The trick is the right shade. Go toward a warmer greige if you have red-toned trim or cabinets, like cherry or mahogany. Benjamin Moore’s Pismo Dunes AC-32 is a great example. You can Work With a Pro to Find the Perfect Paint Color.

Paint 5A.L. Interiors, original photo on Houzz

Light blue with subtle gray undertones works great with a medium-toned walnut. Here Sherwin-Williams’ North Star SW6246 blends beautifully with the wood beams and white trim.

Turquoise and aqua shades can work too. A great shade of aqua, Blue Ground 210, by Farrow & Ball, evokes spring and looks great with the amber-toned ceiling.

Gray and brown can work with black trim or cabinets. Make sure the shade you select provides contrast. Valspar’s Artichoke 6003-2A, a smokey charcoal, contrasts black accents.

Paint 6Bella Villa Design Studio, original photo on Houzz

Oranges, rust and red work with many wood trim colors. Try earthy reds and oranges with brown undertones, like this canyon-inspired shade, Baked Clay SW6340, by Sherwin-Williams.

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