Wood trim can be a very beautiful accent in a home. It lends a rich, organic feeling to a space, grounding it in a way that white painted trim doesn’t.
Wood trim typically comes in four different shades: blonde, medium brown, honey and dark brown.
Each shade is beautiful in its own right.
Blonde colored wood (top left) has made a recent comeback in modern home design. It is commonly accented by pastel paint colors.
Medium colored wood (top right) can be easily paired with a variety of furnishings and colors.
Honey colored wood (bottom left) was popular in the 90s, and was used for trim and kitchen or bathroom cabinets. Of all the wood colors, this one tends to present the most challenges when choosing a wall paint color.
Dark colored wood trim (bottom right) was very common in the early 1900s and tends to bring a feeling of richness to a room.
Finding modern paint colors that coordinate with wood trim can be difficult for many homeowners. In fact, one of the questions I get asked most frequently is…
What Wall Colors Look Good With Wood Trim?
This is a great question and it shows two things.
First, it shows that wood trim is still very prevalent in homes, and many people choose to work with it instead of painting it.
Second, it shows that it can be difficult to find the right paint colors to coordinate with wood trim. This is because wood trim has more noticeable undertones that you need to work with. Wood carries naturally warm tones that go well with certain colors.
When you have wood trim, you have three options:
First, you can accentuate the warmth of the natural trim color by pairing it with a warm paint color. For example, a red, yellow, pink or beige wall color will highlight the wood tones.
Second, you can tone down the warmth in the wood trim by contrasting it with a cool paint color. This could be done by pairing it with a gray, blue or green wall color.
Last, you can compliment your wood colored trim by setting it against a neutral paint color.
There is not right or wrong answer to whether you should accentuate, tone down or compliment your natural wood trim. Instead, this is a matter of preference and the mood you’re going for in the room.
A word of caution though: while popular colors in home design change frequently, cool colors are usually favored. This means that unless you love the warmth of the wood and don’t mind choosing a color that may not be the most trendy (ex. orange, red, or even yellow), you probably don’t want to accentuate the wood color.
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Best Paint Colors for Wood Trim
Here are some gorgeous paint colors for natural wood trim.
Wood Trim with White Wall Paint
White paint is hugely popular right now. This neutral can go with any home style or decor choice, and brightens up a dark space.
For a white paint that will go well with wood trim, you will want to choose a white that has warm undertones. This means that the undertones will favor beige or yellow, and not blue.
You can see that the white paint in this picture is a pretty pure white, but leans more yellow than blue. It sets off the dark wood trim nicely, providing contrast and visual interest to the space.
If you want to paint your wood trim with white paint, check out Sherwin Williams Roman Column or Sherwin Williams Alabaster.
Wood Trim with Cream Wall Paint
Cream colored paint is a slightly warmer variation of white paint, and will not appear as stark against the wood trim. Cream paint starts with a white base, but adds in tones of yellow, red or brown.
A cream paint color can go with all variations of wood trim, including blonde wood, medium colored wood, honey colored wood and dark wood trim.
My favorite cream paint color to pair with wood trim is Sherwin Williams Steamed Milk. It has a yellow undertone, but does not look yellow on the walls. Instead, it looks warm and inviting, and accents the wood color of trim nicely.
I feature Steamed Milk in my whole house color scheme because it is so versatile. I used it with the original honey colored trim that the home had (before I painted it white).
Wood Trim with Beige Wall Paint
Another warm option for a wall color that goes well with wood trim is a true beige. Beiges have brown undertones, making them a perfect option for pairing with all types of wood trim.
A true beige paint color is not the most trendy paint choice right now, but a beige with some gray in it, such as Sherwin Williams Accessible Beige is one of the top selling paint colors.
If you like a beige paint color like the one shown in the picture above, check out Sherwin Williams Maison Blanche.
Wood Trim with Yellow Wall Paint
Yellow wall paint is a great color to pair with wood trim because it echos the warm tones in the wood.
Yellow is a sunny, welcoming color that can be restful when displayed in pale shades or exciting when it takes a more vibrant hue.
If you like the pale yellow in the picture above, check out Sherwin Williams Friendly Yellow. This muted yellow will work well in a bedroom, bathroom or kitchen.
In this second picture, you can see how the warm orange tones in the wall color accentuate the honey color in the wood trim. Paired with warm brown leather and wood furniture, this picture highlights how honey colored wood can be accented with other warm browns and oranges colors to create a beautiful color palette.
For a yellow wall paint with a bit more depth, and more orange tones, Sherwin Williams Brittlebush is a good option.
Wood Trim with Gray Wall Paint
Gray paint has had a big moment in recent years. While cool grays were very popular several years ago, warm beige-grays (greiges) are the colors that top the paint charts now.
Sherwin Williams best selling paint color is Agreeable Gray, followed closely by Repose Gray. Both are beautiful grieges that will go nicely with wood colored trim. Check out this link for other great greige paint colors!
Choosing a greige or gray paint color is a great way to tone down the natural wood trim and give the room a more current look.
Click here for a list of all of Sherwin Williams best selling colors.
Wood Trim With Blue Wall Paint
Blue wall paints are perfect choices for a home with wood trim. Many different shades will go nicely, ranging from a pale blue to a navy.
Light blue is a perfect choice for a bedroom or living room with wood trim.
If you like the paint color in the picture above, check out Sherwin Williams Hinting Blue.
A brighter blue is perfect for a children’s room, and even can be used in a living room for a pop of color. A blue that is similar to the one picture is Sherwin Williams Quench Blue.
While blues are cool colors, a blue with slightly purple undertones trends a bit warm, and will go nicely with wood trim.
In this picture, a blue with purple undertones is featured with blonde colored wood trim. If you prefer this shade of blue, try Sherwin Williams Jacaranda.
Last, navy colored paint will go well with blonde, dark or medium colored wood trim. Navy paint is popular right now, and Sherwin Williams chose Naval as their 2020 Color of the Year.
Wood Trim with Green Wall Paint
There are several shades of green that go well with wood trim, including a lighter sage green, a cheery turquoise, and a dark hunter green.
A great sage green that goes nicely with wood trim is Sherwin Williams Softened Green. This cool green will accent blond, medium or dark wood trim nicely.
Turquoise paint is a beautiful mix of green and blue. Rainwashed, by Sherwin Williams, pairs nicely agains all wood trim tones, including honey colored trim,.
For a hunter green paint color, check out Sherwin Williams Dard Hunter Green. Dark green paint colors go very nicely with blonde wood and dark wood tones.
Wood Trim With Pink Wall Paint
Pink wall paints are very in style in 2020. In fact, Benjamin Moore chose the color First Light as their 2020 Color of the Year.
While this picture shows a very pale pink on the walls, a blush pink would also go very nicely with natural wood trim or dark wood trim.
However, if your trim leans towards a honey color, you may want to avoid a pink wall color as the orange in the wood and the pink on the walls may not coordinate well.
Some great pinks for your wall are Sherwin Williams Romance or Benjamin Moore First Light.
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Other Options For Wood Trim
If you’ve looked through the whole list and still cannot decide on a good paint color that accents, tones down or coordinates with your current wood trim color, there are a few more options for you.
First, you can darken the shade of your wood trim.
There are two popular products for darkening the wood in your home.
If you are looking to darken your wood only slightly, PolyShades is a great option for you. It is applied on over your current stain and changes the color just slightly. I used the product on some honey oak cabinets I had in a home, and it transformed them into a beautiful dark shade of brown.
Click here to purchase PolyShades.
The second option for darkening your wood trim is a gel stain product made by General Finishes. This product gets wood much darker quickly, in just one or two coats. Like PolyShades, you don’t need to strip the wood or the finish prior to applying the product, making it an easy makeover.
If you’re looking for a dramatic color difference in your woodwork, pick up General Finishes gel stain here.
Second, you can paint your wood trim.
Painting wood trim brings a crisp look to a room, and allows for unlimited color choices for your walls.
Painting your wood trim isn’t as scary as it sounds. You will have to wash it down, sand it lightly and then paint it all (and you likely will have to touch up the edging on the paint on the wall). Click here for a tutorial on how to paint trim.
Final Thoughts on Wall Paint Colors for Natural Wood
Wood trim can be a beautiful accent in a room. Natural wood trim gives the room an earthy, warm foundation and adds a richness to the room in a way that simple white trim lacks.
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William Searfoss Jr
Friday 15th of October 2021
We have a 1928 home with Chestnut Trim, after removing all the paint I would describe it as Golden Oak with a grain that is darker than oak. The floors are Fur and being sanded and refinished. Bottom of the wall is the 10" high detailed trim, there are 4 windows one 40 wide X 63 long on one wall and 3 in a half octagon bump out the windows are 30x63 each.
That being said I am not really a white paint person but don't want a color that will turn people off when it is time to sell. I want warm and inviting since it is more like a sitting room for discussion rather than family room. It will have a 48 key electric piano which is black (not my choice). We have not purchased any furniture yet but would like a love seat and two nice chairs and possible a barrister book case to show off a few pieces.
Any ideas on paint color?
Tuesday 19th of October 2021
Hi William! It sounds like a warm off-white might work for you. White Duck and Aesthetic White are nice. If you like a little more color than that, Agreeable Gray is a great paint color. Or, if you want an actual color, Sea Salt is considered a neutral, even though it is a blue/green/gray blend. Without seeing the trim colors, its hard to say what will be best, but these are some colors to consider!
Monday 26th of July 2021
Thank you for your great ideas! My husband has always loved oak, and our cabinets and trim are all medium oak. We built our home 17 years ago and definitely need to update the paint. Although I should think about a whole-house palette, I want to start in our master bedroom first. I have been looking the greiges since I want to add navy accents. I had looked at SW Agreeable Gray, but it just didn’t hit the spot. Leaning toward Colonnade Gray. Thoughts for the bedroom?
Monday 26th of July 2021
I love Colonnade Gray. It is a similar color to Agreeable Gray, but a bit darker. It will probably look nice with your oak and with navy as well. Good luck!
Tuesday 2nd of February 2021
Hi, Classic Gray stain for trim and coffered ceiling. Floor is a driftwood oak laminate Suggestions needed for SW wall color paint to keep it neutral Thank you
Tuesday 2nd of February 2021
Hi Anne! A greige like Agreeable Gray or Repose Gray may work nicely. Or, a white such as Incredible White or Toque White might be good. Pick up a few swatches and see what works best! Good luck!
Monday 14th of December 2020
So the house we bought has wood windows and tan tile or wood floors. I redid the Fireplace with gray lannon stone that is gray with hints of blues, tans, burgundy , greens and so on. So i thought I would paint the fireplace wall A darker blue and then the walls a gray but Not sure I should go to dark on the Blue. If i did all the walls gray then not sure the FP would pop and instead washout in a gray. Do you have a suggestion in a Blue or Green Accent Wall color and gray for the other walls again with wood windows and baseboard. Its not honey oak but definately has a little of that tone in it. Thanks
Sunday 27th of December 2020
Hi Doug! It is hard to pick a gray that is going to match your fireplace well without seeing the exact tone of the gray stone and knowing a bit more about your preferences. The stone could have warm or cool undertones. But, pick up swatches of Big Chill, Repose Gray and Passive and see if any of those work with the stone. For the blue or green accent, Hale Navy for a dark blue, Secret Garden for a dark green, Tidewater for a lighter blue and Sea Salt for a light blue green are all great shades. Hope this helps!
Wednesday 26th of August 2020
Oh, I like that Light French Gray! Would that go well with white shiplap - any special white color? SW Extra White?