Customize Your New Home By Defining…. Trimwork, Doors & Windows

In the typical new home, very little consideration is given to defining trimwork, doors and windows. Standard trim color is applied, and door and windows are often overlooked in lieu of attending to other more “important” decorating decisions. However, taking the time to consider these three areas can make all the difference between your home looking “average” versus FABULOUS!
Although there are many options for defining these areas, here are a couple of helpful, yet simple, ideas for customizing your look….
  • Choose different shades of your wall and ceiling colors to define your molding and trim. Here is the basic formula:
  1. Lightest shade on the ceiling
  2. Darker shade on the molding
  3. Next darker shade on the trim
  4. Darkest shade on the walls  (can be up to 2 shades darker than the trim color)
Paint colors

This photo shows a great example of how this paint formula conveys.

painted walls and ceilings

This room shows a modified version of these painting guidelines. Photo from Chahan Interior Designs.

  • Paint doors a darker color than the walls, or choose doors made of different materials from the walls.  Choosing a different finish, such as glossy or veneer, is another excellent option.
painted door

Photo from Elle Decor.

painted doors

Photo from House Beautiful.

Doors with black veneer. Photo from William Waldron.

wood doors

Wooden doors. Photo from Southern Living.

wooden door

Gorgeous wooden door! Photo from House Beautiful.

Showcasing doors by choosing a contrasting paint or alternate construction material is a fabulous way to add customized beauty to your home.  In doing so, the transition between rooms is defined.

NOW, GO HAVE AN “It’s So Fabulous!” DAY!


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Stylish, sophisticated and dramatic, Kimberly Grigg brings her unique talents to client’s homes across the country and to her retail boutique, Knotting Hill Interiors. An award winning retail boutique and an award winning full service design firm, Knotting Hill offers luxury interior design, renovation and remodeling services, custom design, childrens rooms and nurseries and accessorizing. The retail boutique sells fabric, home furnishings, retail design, lamps, accessories, art, upscale furniture consignment, gifts, fashion and jewelry. Voted “Best on the Beach” in both retail and design, our customers say that this place and this process is truly “enchanted”! Knotting Hill Interiors is based in Myrtle Beach South Carolina and is located at 7751 North Kings Hwy.