Today, Dee Schlotter, the National Color Brand Manager for PPG paints, discusses choosing trim colors when choosing paint color for the interior of your new home. Guess what? No one’s forcing you to pick white!

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How important is trim color?

Trim colors very important, people tend to always default to white or off-white. It depends on what color your wall color is for, what color your trim should be. So the darker your wall color, the darker your trim color should be.

The great thing about PPG Pittsburgh Paints is we give ideas for your trim color! So that whenever you’re choosing the paint color for the wall, in our 5 color chip, there’s always a trim color for you to pick as well. The creamer whites look better with this type of white that they have here. It’s a little bit of a creamer, yellower white. It just transitions better and makes the room warmer.

The second you put like an off white or just plain white trim, because you think trim should always be just plain white, it can look really unfinished and too much of a contrast. So you want that nice contrast, a creamer white for your trim.

What about the sheen of a paint?

For trim, and doors, cabinets, bathroom walls sometimes people still want to go to the satin or semi- gloss, and you can go all the way to a full gloss. But just know that a full gloss is going to give you a lot of shadows and pick up a lot of light.

A flat obviously deflects light. Now, in new homes you don’t have to worry about the drywall job being not good. We tend to recommend true flats for older homes that might have some imperfections in the wall. The second you put a flat in there it takes all those imperfections away. The higher the sheen the more you see the finish, so we recommend still for walls it should be a flat or an eggshell, especially for a new home it should be an eggshell finish.

Our Manor Hall finishes are our best paint of all. We use the Speedhide (paint type) in the new homes for Heartland. If you want to repaint, Manor Hall Eggshell is fantastic. It’s very scrub-able. I use it in my kitchen, where you’re able to scrub off spaghetti sauce, or anything off the wall and it doesn’t come off in the paint. The important part is that when you’re using a flat or an eggshell you get a really elegant finish on the wall. People used to think that in order to scrub the paint you had to go up in sheen, like a semi-gloss or a gloss. People still use gloss in their bathrooms and you don’t need to do that anymore. The hundred-percent acrylic resins that are out there and the eggshell and flat finishes have that ceramic scrub-able finish so you don’t need to use a high gloss.

It’s always important to change the sheen from your walls to trim. Like you don’t want to use flat on your trim, it just doesn’t look good. If you have beautiful trim and you want to highlight it you absolutely want to increase the sheen to a semi- gloss, satin semi-gloss , or glass and keep the walls of flat or and eggshell. And then you get a beautiful transition and you get a little bit of depth and dimension to the whole wall.

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Adam Packard has been a marketing professional for over 10 years. During that span he has spent time in the gaming, racing, entertainment and real estate industries. Outside of the office, he enjoys all types of sports, including basketball, baseball, golf & harness racing. He resides in Moon Township, with his wife Jackie and two sons Nicholas & Jacob.