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Pros and Cons of Painting Walls & Trim the Same Color

July 21st, 2023 | 3 min read

By Kaylea Kuhlman

Bedroom with dark blue walls and trim with grey flooring and low sitting bed.

Are you ready for an interior paint refresh, but just aren’t sure exactly how to switch things up?

Painting walls and trim the same shade is a fairly common trend, but before you decide if it’s the right look for you, it’s important to weigh the pros and cons.

This article will highlight the good and the bad of painting your walls and trim the same color, as well as give you a better understanding of what design trend to incorporate for your next interior painting project. 

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Pros of painting walls & trim the same color

Enhance other aspects of the room

Considering the walls, accent walls, baseboards, window trim, ceilings, and door trim can be overwhelming. Doing one solid color can help put those worries to rest and focus on other elements. 

With the same shade on walls and trim, you will open up an opportunity to make other features stand out—lighting, furniture, a colored ceiling, rugs, etc.

The wall and trim color can be a base for the rest of the space. Doing a white or light color with the walls and trim would allow you to use a full-color palette in other ways of the room. 

On the other hand, having a bold or darker color as a shade for the walls and trim could be an eye-catching statement. With lighter-colored furniture and decor, the options are endless for a unique and personalized space.

Less masking of tape

If walls and trim are getting painted the same color, masking may not need to be done at all. This will cut a little bit of time in the prep work process. 

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The main purpose of masking is to catch any splatter from a paint roller or brush, in addition to having crisp lines. It is useful when you have two different shades next to each other. 

It will make the room feel larger

As the vertical surface in the space is all the same shade, this will allow it to feel more open. 

This airy feeling may be better for small rooms or if you want to feel like you have more space. 

Two shades will define the trim and the walls, this probably won’t make the room feel smaller, but more accurate to its size. 

Effortless & seamless

Picking one shade may make the process of picking a color easier. Instead of matching tones, you can choose one shade you love.

The walls and the trim will look seamless together and gives an effortless look, which can be relaxing. 

Cons of painting walls and trim the same color

Nothing stands out

In a room with the same colored walls and trim, one won’t stand out too much from the other. This can be a positive factor for some people that want to make other elements stand out, but it’s not for everybody.

Both walls and trim are a great way to add some personality to the room with color. Having different tones can enhance the personality factor as you can play with different combinations that suit you. 

Lacks definition

Walls and trim that are painted the same color can almost look 2 dimensional. Like a flat surface with no detail.

A lighter color trim can add a surprising amount of dimension to a space. When walls and trim are painted the same color, they blend together and the features go unnoticed. 

You will still need 2 different paint products

In high-traffic areas like living rooms, bathrooms, and some bedrooms, you will want to have woodwork paint on the trim for extra protection.

This means that even though the paint for the walls and the trim are the same shade, you will still need to pay the price for two different paint products.

Woodwork paint is stronger and more durable for areas like door frames and baseboards that experience more wear and tear than a normal wall surface.

You could get away with the same paint product for walls and baseboards for lower-traffic areas. This might be a guest bathroom or closet. Areas that won’t have as many harmful factors. 

Options are endless

All in all, painting the walls and trim the same color is a personal style choice. It has many pros, but some could lean more toward the cons. But it is no secret that the same shade for walls and trim could be just what a space needs for a unique and personalized transformation.

To have seamless paint and a seamless experience, schedule an estimate with Brush & Roll Painting in Omaha, NE for your interior painting. Since opening in 1996, we have strived to provide lasting, durable work beginning with our thorough prep work process.

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To explore more 2023 design trends, read about the colors of the year. Maybe you can incorporate the color of the year into your new interior painting project.

Kaylea Kuhlman

Kaylea is the Brush & Roll Painting Content Manager.