I think it’s kind of funny that one of my most read posts is one of the first five that I wrote when I started this blog almost three years ago, “The Best Trim Colours — NOT Cloud White.” Since then, I always have to heavily explain why I’m specifying it when I do. My clients are like, “WHAT, you’re giving me Cloud White? I read that post Maria!”
So here’s the thing, Cloud White is an off-white so this means it’s not stark white and it’s not ivory or cream. So if your house does not:
a. Have a fixed white which dictates the trim colour,
b. Is filled with rich earth tones (which means you’d need something creamier),
c. have dark colours which can look too stark with white,
d. have Carrara Marble throughout (in which case off-white would be too creamy),
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then your trim should probably be CC-40 Cloud White or OC-117 Simply White or any other off-white in that category. As a designer it’s still a colour you will specify 75 – 80% of the time. However, if Cloud White is your go-to-everytime colour, that’s when you’ll look like an amateur.
The woodwork in your home should coordinate with the fixed white in your space. So if the tile in your kitchen — floor or backsplash — is creamy (for example) and not white, then your cabinets/woodwork should be cream.
Just this week I consulted with a client who had painted all the trim and cabinets in her house OC-85 Mayonnaise. And she wanted to bring a sofa she had recently purchased (which was in her master bedroom) into the living room. The problem was that it was teal and white.
So, if your trim was off-white and not so creamy, it’s easier to switch over from the earth tones from the past 20 years to the new white/gray/black trend.
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It also presents a strong argument for designing your house around a whiter trim colour because painted trim can last 20-30 years while trends change every 10 and it’s expensive to re-paint. Much like taking out tile really. Walls you can re-paint, but re-painting every single door and molding in your house? Not something you want to be doing often.
What colour is your woodwork?
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