A wall without neatly painted trim can make an entire room look messy or incomplete. You’ll want to make sure that you’re careful when you’re painting both your walls and your trim to prevent any possible mistakes. There are a few ways that you could go wrong with painting trim. The most obvious is that you don’t have clean, straight lines in between the color of the trim and the color of the wall. It’s also important that the colors you pick for the walls and trim complement each other. If they don’t, it’ll be very noticeable once you’re finished painting the room and will cost more time and money if you want to fix it.
Using Painting Tape
The easiest way to make sure that your trim looks nice is to use high-quality painter’s tape. It’s worth the extra cost and will save you some effort when you start to paint. Taping up the entire wall will take time. Make sure that you are patient and allow yourself to work as slowly as you need to in order to get the tape properly straight against the wall. You’ll thank yourself for all the hard work later when you’re painting.
Remember to tape both the edge of where the trim meets the wall color and the edge where the trim meets the floor. It will be much harder to fix paint marks on flooring than it would be to fix stray paint marks on the wall.
Choosing the Right Color
A trim looks best when it stands out against the rest of the wall. However, there isn’t only one good color or shade to paint a trim. In general, trims look nice as a light color such as white or cream. Using light colors will be a safe bet to make your trim look as nice as possible. You should make sure to match the tone of your trim to the color of your wall before painting either surface.
Before you paint, make sure that you take samples of different colors and compare them. It’s best to tape them onto the wall that you’re going to be painting and look at them during different times of day and in different lightings to make sure that the final colors you’ve chosen are the best options. If the main color of your wall is a warm color (reds, oranges, yellows, pinks), you should pick a yellow- or cream-toned white for the trim. If your wall is a cool color (blues, greens, purples), it would be best to go with a cool-toned white. Choosing a trim color that complements the tone of your wall will make them look natural next to each other.
How to Fix Mistakes
It’s easy to accidentally mess up your trim as you’re working. The tape could have been placed incorrectly or other colors you’re painting with could drip onto the wall and trim. Make sure to save a little bit of both your wall and trim colors to go back and cover up minor mistakes after you’re done painting.