Choosing Dark Trim for your House

October 1, 2011 § Leave a comment

Contrast creates dramatic curb appeal. And on a house like this one with architectural features galore, dark trim accents all of them, from the gable trim, custom windows, and sculpted roofline to the stonework and doors.

Dark trim takes a really large, light-colored house and brings the scale down to normal by outlining the windows and doors and making them appear smaller. It’s what we call the “eyeliner effect.” It works great on large houses with big windows; however, small windows may look even smaller framed out in black.

No matter. If you are tired of white trim, consider a darker color. If you want maximum contrast, choose a really dark shade. If you want to minimize the contrast between house color and trim to avoid making your house look smaller, then choose a trim color whose “value” is no more than two shades darker than your house color on the paint strip. That will help the colors to blend thereby making the house appear less chopped up and visually bigger.

 

 

 

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