Painting trim and walls the same colour can be an elegant look, here are some ways to ensure your paint job goes seamlessly.
Use different glosses of paint for contrast
The subtle contrast of paint sheen can make a huge difference when painting trim and walls the same colour. The paint colour in the pictures above is Requisite Gray SW7023 by Sherwin Williams. Our painters used a satin finish Pro Classic paint by Sherwin Williams in that colour on all of the baseboards, windows (including the sun room ceiling windows), doors, wainscoting, and pillars. We even spray painted the light sconces in the same paint! By contrast our painters used a matt finish Opulence paint by Sherwin Williams in that colour for the walls. Court-Hampton Painting Inc would recommend getting samples of the paint colours in the different sheens your paint contractor intends to use before you start, as sometimes the different sheens can look like different colours depending on the hue!
Painters Tip: Painting baseboards, crown moulding and walls the same colour (with different paint glosses of course) with a white ceiling makes the room look bigger!
Painting ceilings the same colour as the walls and trim is an option
If you notice in the second picture above we have painted the ceiling in Requisite Gray as well. This works because of the amount of natural light in the sunroom and our painting contractors used a matt paint on the walls and ceiling. If your painters try to paint the ceilings and walls in say an eggshell sheen, all of those paint roller lap marks will show on the ceiling because of the gloss in the eggshell sheen! Matt paint on ceilings hides roller lap marks better so keep the walls and ceiling in a matt paint or even better a flat paint. You could paint the ceiling flat, walls in eggshell and trim in satin or semi gloss paint but the matt on both the walls and ceiling looks more elegant.
Use light paint colours in smaller rooms
Most homes in Toronto don’t have huge rooms in them so with that in mind your painter might want to consider using light paint colours in the smaller rooms of your home. A really dark colour in a small room can back fire making the room look small and claustrophobic. A lighter paint colour suits this look and can make your home look regal!
Use same paint and sheen on walls and trim
Update! For professional painters in Toronto and DIY enthusiasts there has been some updates as paint formulations become more durable. This allows for some lee way when it comes to painting your trim and walls the same colour! You can now paint your baseboards, trim and drywall walls in the same paint. That means the same colour and sheen which is extremely helpful for DIYers. Below are two examples of walls, baseboards, door frames, doors, and wainscoting all painted in the same colour and gloss all in the same paint.
In the example above it looks like the whole room is trim. But it is actually drywall above the chair rail with planks of wood lain on top. This is actually Court-Hampton Paintings office. We decided to paint Benjamin Moore Aura Eggshell on all trim, walls, doors and baseboards and gave it a year as a durability test. It has held up really well with the floor being vacuumed and mopped every two weeks! Is it as durable as a pearl or semi gloss finish traditionally painted on wood? Of course not! But it’s not bad in this example. Benjamin Moore Scuff X might be a good option for this method of painting rooms as well, although we haven’t tested that yet. We like the aesthetic look of Aura a little better. Either way if you are going to paint the trim and walls in the same colour and gloss make sure you use the best quality paint you can buy.
In this example the walls, trim, baseboards and doors are painted in Farrow & Ball Modern Emulsion. Modern Emulsion is Farrow & Balls equivalent to other paint manufacturers eggshell sheen. It is a beautiful look we must admit! This customer didn’t have small children to mess up the walls and really wanted this look. As far as durability we don’t know yet as it was recently painted. We will update again once a year goes by!
Call Court-Hampton Painting Inc. if you are considering painting trim and walls the same colour in your Toronto home!