Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Where do you stop painting?


I am painting my little hallway a color called French Beret. It's charcoal-y and dark. Here's my dilemma: if the adjacent room is white, where do I stop painting the trim? I am painting all the trim in the hallway the same color... just an eggshell finish of the same French Beret wall color. Where on the trim do I stop painting and keep it white? (Does that make sense?)

(Why am I doing this myself? Where are my assistants???? Where is Harvey Millstein, Certified Interior Decorator when I need him??)

19 comments:

aaronleitz said...

I would stop right there where you are. Also worth considering painting the trim in the hallway the same white as your other trim.

Decorno said...

Thanks. The problem is, the trim was white, and I didn't like the look. I want all the trim in the hallway to match the wall paint. My problem is, for the trim on doors that connect to other rooms, what's the boundary line, so to speak? In this case, some part of that door trim needs to be painted dark, but it's where to stop (within the trim) that I need opinions on. With this in mind, what do you think?

David said...

I think you want to paint the casing on the hall side, and stop where it turns the corner and runs to the jamb. When you're in the white room looking into the hall you'll see no black trim. From the hall you'll see black trim around the door but white in the door opening itself.

I also see that you've discovered Frog Tape, which I now swear by.

aaronleitz said...

If you insist then I think you should paint up until the middle strip of trim that would touch the door if it were closed.

Have you seen this?:
http://www.doorsixteen.com/2010/10/24/the-bedroom-wall-is-finished/

It could work.

Rebecca said...

I would paint all the way up to the corner- where the trim turns a 90 degree angle to the next room.

Emily said...

A friend just asked me the same question. Problem is: her house has these horrible curved walls. There is NO good place to end it!

Could you paint up to the door stopping bar thingy? It seems like the only possibility if you don't want all-white trim, no?

HOBAC said...

I would say the first plane that is perpendicular to the baseboard as the door frame seems to be set into the wall.

All The Trappings said...

Outer lip, baby! Like David stated :)

Anonymous said...

David's suggestion makes sense.

Dana@Mid2Mod said...

I think just about everyone is saying the same thing...and I agree. Paint the part that's perpendicular to the hall baseboard the same dark color as the hall. The entire inside of the door frame should be white, not half dark and half light.

Peggy and Fritz said...

I'm a matchy matchy with trim likely the wrong person to ask. I like walls painted but I do like all trim in the house to match from room to room as I think it flows better. But if you aren't painting it - I am not sure if I am saying the same thing David is but if you look at your dark wall - I would paint over to the entrance part of the inside leaving right when you walk in white. It's the thicker part of the trim looks like the door frame. Can't wait to see it all done.

doug @ tracery interiors said...

David is correct, just the casing, let the jamb stay white. I guess this is why I ended up with one paint color in my entire house.

maison21 said...

i'm another vote for uniform trim throughout the house- i think older homes can look a bit jumbled as it is, so a little uniformity can help steamline things, BUT since you you clearly have a concept in mind for your hall, i think that both david's and hobac's suggestions make a lot of sense.

what did you decide? post a photo!

maison21 said...

ps- glad you are back. happy new year, lady d!

Anonymous said...

I second stop right where you are - the door trim should stand as one entity to stop like a cap on the color

Richard said...

I believe the "rule" I once heard is you make the wide part of the jamb (the wide thingy in between the trims) the color of the side that has the most importance. FOr example, if the hallway is black trimmed, but the living room is white, leave it white because the living room has the grander scale and weight.
My own opinion is to take some black paper and play with it until you like the view on both sides.
Cheers!

VintageSmith said...

Stop the paint at the point where you would see only black paint if the door were closed.

hello gorgeous said...

Love the color.

Paul Byron Downs said...

If you paint the baseboards white then it will make the black wall pop more and be more dramatic.

Paul