Dark trim and light walls

One of the things I most wanted to do when I got around to renovating my home was to paint the millwork. It was white when we bought the home. I love beautiful, super white millwork. But my small 100 year old south Oak Park home with crumbling plaster walls and bad lighting didn’t call for lux high gloss white trim. But! Now that my walls and ceilings are super smooth drywall and I have lovely new light fixtures I can really play up my wall and trim colors, and one way to do that is to paint the millwork darker than the walls.

Here’s a picture of the original bedroom closet:

Here is the same closet door with painted trim (note: walls not painted yet but I also did flip the door, so it now opens to the wall – that was a huge pet peeve of mine!):

My inspiration for this came from my awesome design savvy friend Jess. At 9 months pregnant she bought a home and had to have it renovated inside a month before they had to move in. One of the quick decisions she had to make was what color to paint the millwork. She took a gamble and painted it dark and it looks amazing:

Gone are the days of boring white trim I hope. I have embraced the idea of literally painting outside of the box.  I hope my clients will let me be a bit more adventurous in the future and choose dark colors for their trim. I believe it is to become a new classic.