Painted black trim is making it’s way back into today’s décor. Black trim is a great way to highlight beautiful architectural features. It is also a great way to create a retro feel in any space. There are some tips and tricks to using black trim in any setting.
Glossy black paint works well at highlighting architectural features. Keep in mind black trim will automatically highlight whatever it is outlining. Glossy finished paint shows flaws in great detail. Matte or satin finish are good at hiding flaws. If you are considering using black trim; make sure the trim and wood work are in good condition. New trims and moldings look the best when it comes to using black trim.
Make sure what you are painting is something you want to draw attention to. Uneven trim or chipped based boards are not the sort of thing you will want to paint black. If your windows are not in excellent condition, you may want to opt for a matte look. Older windows with wood mullions are a good candidate to paint black
Black trim should be used in spaces with a normal to high ceiling height.
Wall color should contrast with the black trim. Whites and lighter colors work best on the wall when using black trim. Try to avoid selecting a dark paint color and pairing it with a black trim. Also keep in mind the finish used on art work in the space. Black frames look amazing with black window trims and moldings. Dark gray or charcoal is also a good color for artwork frames when in a room with black trim. The gray is a subtle solution for framing art work when trying to highlight architectural details painted in black trim.
Black trim will show dust easily. Therefore, trim and baseboards will need to be dusted more often in order to prevent a space looking dirty or dingy! Have fun creating a retro look!