• What colour is your trim? If you are updating a space by painting the walls light, but not painting the trim, pay close attention! It is important to take note of the trim tone before you pick the main paint colour. If your trim is warm, with a yellow or brown feel at first glance, your wall paint should be warm as well. If your trim is cool, with a blue, purple or gray feel at first glance, your wall paint should be cool. If you have cream tone trim, and gray tone walls, that trim looks old and yellow. If you make sure your wall colour is the same undertone, that trim will stand out and define the space, as it should! Tip: Hold a piece of printer paper next to your trim. This will help you see the colour undertone. Does the trim look yellowish or brown? Warm. Does the trim look bluish or gray? Cool. Does the trim look the same as the paper? Jackpot! It is pure white and this, my friends, is fair game for all the wall colours you love! The colour palette is your buddy!

Now, I know what some of you are thinking! White paint will look terrible when my kids and dogs run wild! Well, I speak from experience when I tell you white walls are very forgiving to the 3-foot- high collateral damage marks. A gentle scrub won’t leave the noticeable wash marks on the wall. I know, small miracles. From my experience of staging homes for the real estate market, I’ve noticed that the more colour on a wall, the more noticeable the scuffs and scratches. Don’t get me wrong, actual wall colour is a beautiful addition to a home! But for this article, it is my job to tell you all about the fabulous pros that come from painting your walls bright and white!

My go-to white paints in a (washable) matte finish are: • Pure White: Un-tinted paint – It is that simple. No undertones, just plain white. It is sharp yet unassuming. This is my go-to whenever possible. • Warm White: Benjamin Moore Simply White OC-117. It’s white but wrapped in a cozy blanket with a cup of tea. Gorgeous! • Cool White: Benjamin Moore Decorators White CC-20. This paint colour is pretty much pure white, but with the tiniest touch of gray. It looks fantastic! Most importantly, when you are revamping a space in your home, look at the big picture. Take a minute, stand back and remember what you’re trying to achieve. It’s easy to get caught up in the details, but it’s the overall look that you’re trying to attain. As long as you keep that in mind, you will be happy with the end result! Current trends call the shots, but it’s your home, so make it personal. Selling your home? I’ll always leave you with a quick tip to help in the process of getting your house real estate ready. Today’s Tip: The most cost effective and quickest way to update your interior for the real estate market is by painting it a light refreshing colour. White is a great place to start! Follow us on Instagram! trim_designnl





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