5 Essentials for Designing with Black Trim

Lately I have been crushing on something that I never thought I would. Its not the Beibs, I swear. We live in an old craftsman style home with the original oak woodwork still beautifully preserved but Im not going to lie its not my fave. The design trend right now is a white-washed frenzy and Im willingly get sucked into really anything but wood. But were not talking about white today. With all the lovely inspiration out there, today Im exploring the concept of dark painted trim. Black, baby.

Its popping up everywhere and its gooood.

I think there are a few things to consider with this one. Firstly is it here to stay? Well - possibly. Black windows and trim are no newbies to the design scene as we look back on it dominating the early 50's in europe and the US. But of course isn't everything just circulating through time and time again? Now black is back on the scene with an updated version. Instead of being paired with jewel toned jacquard-esque wallpaper we see it blending in next to crisp white walls and wood accents. 

There are certainly ways to botch this one up but thankfully its paint so theres always damage control with paint. (Unless you are like me and the preserved, century-old woodwork is suddenly covered up forever and you need to lock your doors now because its not safe and you've already gotten threats from people and what they would do if you EVER even thought about touching that TRIM....) Here are a few pieces of inspiration and tips for your design consideration. 

design by Katie Tarses

design by Katie Tarses

Natural lighting. I repeat. Natural lighting. For a room to still feel airy and crisp this is the number one consideration for black trim. Without a lot of natural light it black could drag down a room.

design by Jessica Helgerson photo by Lincoln Barbour

design by Jessica Helgerson photo by Lincoln Barbour

Crisp white walls. They are safe when considering black trim and will provide a very monochrome palate for your room. You can start pulling in some more personality with pops of color with furniture etc without things looking too saturated.

Blair Harris Interior Deisgn

Blair Harris Interior Deisgn

Accent ideas - See the Beni under the dining set? Notice how easily a room with black trim and crisp walls is brought to life by a Beni to brighten up the space even more or another more colorful Boujad to add depth. 

design by Brian Faherty photo by Jeremy Bittermann

design by Brian Faherty photo by Jeremy Bittermann

Black trim is a great idea if you're going for a modern farmhouse vibe. ...And the cutest couple of the year award goes to ship-lap and black window trim. Aww aren't they adorable? 

design by Sylvia Reynold

design by Sylvia Reynold

If you're like me and aren't ready for the full on nose dive into this one there are plenty of ways to wade in. Start with a kitchen sink window or I love this entryway door as an accent. The matte finish and chevron flooring are so elegantly rustic. 

Thanks for reading - I hope you were inspired.

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