When most people think about choosing exterior paint colors, the trim color is usually an after-thought. However, the truth is that the colors you choose for the trim of your home can actually have a very big impact on the way that the entire project is perceived. This is true for interior paints as well. Your Massachusetts professional painter can help you select the best colors for your walls and trim. Boss Services, Inc. uses top quality paints and materials, including Benjamin Moore paint in Easton and the surrounding area. Choosing trim color for home projects should be done with a purpose in mind. Our team can help you make a very informed selection, whether you are looking at interior or exterior paint colors.
What Does Trim Do?
The best place to start is in identifying the impact that trim has upon a building or a room. The trim helps to highlight certain points of focus or interest, such as architectural flair. Some examples of areas where trim can be found inside and outside of your home include window and door casings, shutters and other ornamentation, baseboard and crown molding, wainscoting and paneling, fireplace mantels, pillars and support beams, picture molding and chair-rail molding along the wall.
One way to consider the trim is to think about it as though it were a frame that works to enhance the look and feel of the primary color that is painted within. It signals the end of one element and the beginning of another, creating a beautiful spot where they are both connected. For example, the crown molding separates the ceiling from the walls, while the baseboard separates the walls from the floor. Other areas of trim help to draw the eye and provide focus for specific features and areas of your home.
The Visual Effects of Trim
When choosing trim color for a home, it is also important to think about the visual effects associated with trim. Your Massachusetts professional painter can provide you with examples of how this works, but you can likely imagine how paint colors can change the perception of the shape or size of a room. Overly large rooms can benefit from “cozy” colors that make the room feel smaller and more comfortable. Smaller rooms can benefit from lighter and brighter colors that open up the space visually. The trim helps to draw in and direct the eye to certain features, which can in turn help to shape the room to make it appear larger or smaller.
The choice of interior or exterior paint colors will depend greatly on the architectural style of your home and the colors commonly used in your area. Whether you intend on selling the home or not, it is important to select beautiful shades of Benjamin Moore paint in Easton and the surrounding area, that will complement your home’s design rather than detract from it. A classic Cape Cod or Colonial home would not be well-suited for colors and design ideas that would be perfect in a modern-style structure. Choosing trim color for a home works the same way; make sure that your choices reflect the end goal that you want to achieve.
What is Trim Made Of?
Depending on the age and style of your home, your trim pieces will be made from one of three types of materials, including wood, polyurethane and medium density fiberboard or MDF. For the most part, contractors typically choose to use wood on the interior. Other types of trim may be used outdoors. It is important to know what type of materials were used, as it can have an influence on the type of paint that your Massachusetts professional painter will use.
- Wood – There are two types available: stain-grade and paint-grade. The stain-grade trim will be made from a single length of wood without any visible knots or defects. The paint-grade trim will have obvious cosmetic flaws or be made from shorter pieces of wood that are joined together. Types of wood used include pine, basswood, poplar, maple, cherry and oak. The more expensive woods are usually saved for stained or clear-coated projects.
- Polyurethane – Not just any type of polyurethane, most contractors use a high-density polyurethane that is lightweight and a cheaper alternative to wood trim. Lots of patterns are available and it is easy to install. No sanding or priming is required prior to painting. This product will not rot and will expand and contract much less than wood trim, which is an advantage for both indoor and outdoor use.
- Medium Density Fiberboard (MDF) – This product is only available in paint-grade and it is a great alternative to real wood. Once painted, you can hardly tell the difference. The product comes already primed and can often be covered in a single coat of paint. It features a smooth surface, so it requires no sanding. It is resistant to scratches, dents and dings, but it is very heavy and is more labor intensive to install.
Hire a Pro for Interior and Exterior Paint Colors
If you are thinking about painting your home, go with a trusted and reputable company like Boss Services, Inc. Our team can help you with choosing trim color for your home, such as Benjamin Moore paint in Easton and the surrounding area. Working with a Massachusetts professional painter means getting the project completed faster and having a guarantee that the work will be done right. If you are interested in scheduling a consultation or getting a FREE quote from our team, give us a call at 508-297-0635.