1. DARK GREY AND LIGHT PINK
Grey is a great color that goes with pink and this applies to your trim. Grey is typically quite cool, so needs the warmth of the pink shade to help it feel a bit more cheery. Any combination of the two shades works, but dark grey specifically works well with a light blush.
2. GREY-BLUE AND WHITE
When you have white walls to work with and want to add some interest and color to a room without a total redesign, painting the trim a dark shade is a viable option. This design from Janie Molster uses a dark grey blue against the crisp, white paint of the bedroom walls. 'Dark grey works fantastically well on woodwork, skirting, or as a highlight stripe in place of a dado rail,' says Ruth. 'It adds definition and contrast to a design scheme.' This bedroom paint idea works well, using the tone of the inky grey taken from the map mural behind the headboard.
3. BLACK AND WHITE
Another favorite for a white-walled room is a dramatic jet black against a stark white. This adds real contrast and creates an outline effect in a room, helping to emphasize the height of the space or make it feel clean and neat. 'Embracing a monochrome paint scheme is a fantastic way of creating a chic, minimalist base to a room that can act as a versatile foundation for eclectic, colorful accessories and furniture,' says Helen Shaw, director at Benjamin Moore.
4. GREEN AND MUSTARD YELLOW
For a unique bathroom paint idea, what about a warm carnaby yellow coupled with dark, earthy olive green. This is a tried-and-true mid-century color combination. 'When these two shades are used together, the two emphasise the earthiness in each shade whilst also contrasting deliciously,' says Annie Sloan. Here, the brightness of yellow is dulled with the green, making it moody and cozy and bringing real warmth to this bathroom.
5. TURQUOISE AND OFF-WHITE
Blue and white are a classic combination, evocative of calming seaside destinations and bringing a real peaceful feel to a scheme. Use an off-white as your base, which will stop the blue from feeling too cold, and build up with the sea blue on the trim to create a beach feel without committing to the blue color painted all over the walls.
6. GREEN AND WHITE
The warmth of this particular shade of green works in this room to add to its pre-existing rustic aesthetic. With the log fire and wooden floorboards, it helps to give the room ample countryside charm. These white walls don't leave much space for wall art, so using the painting trim paint technique for walls helps to give it a bit more character and stop the white walls from looking too sparse.
7. GO TONAL
Sometimes, you can take the color of the wall and go for one or two tones darker, but within the same color family. 'This achieves a more subtle look on the wall, and blends well with the trim. Use the lighter tone on the walls and ceilings, and darker tone on the woodwork or vice a versa,' says Helen.
8. DARK TEAL AND BROWN
In this example from Brooklyn-based studio, Le Whit, a dark teal has been used on the window trim which works nicely against the light brown of the wall. Orange and green sit on opposite sides of the color wheel, and so the orange tint to the brown wall warms up the dark teal on the window, and the brown is cooled down by the clever use of dark teal window paint. If you're looking for paint color inspiration, take account of the natural warmth and coolness of colors. 'If one color is warm, the other should be cool,' says Annie.