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10 New Trends in Wood Trim

Is the trim in your living room looking a bit drab? Maybe your exterior trim needs a fresh coat of paint. Before you make changes, check out these 10 trends in wood trim for 2018.

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Keep it Simple

If you have a dramatic room—say one with vaulted ceilings—keep trim simple and let the space shine. While crown molding is still a popular look, avoid it in these types of rooms as it may make the space look too busy.

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Think in Threes

Try using three different pieces of trim to pull a room together. This popular look features base trim, a chair rail and some wainscoting for a clean, sleek look in the bathroom.

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Paint Colors With Wood Trim: Mix Dark with Light

Dark wood trim is everywhere. If you have dark wood for trim, keep paint colors light. A dark color mixed with a deep wood trim may make the room feel heavy and gloomy.

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Try Thin

When it comes to trim around windows and doorways, go thin. Thick trim may overpower the space, while thinner trim will make the space look clean and fresh.

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Add a Picture Rail

Picture rails are getting an update. This type of trim allows you to hang artwork without creating holes and damaging the wall.

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Add Cabinet Trim

Trim can add some character to otherwise boring kitchen cabinets. Try some large crown molding on top of cabinets to bring new life to a tired kitchen.

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Go Gray

Move over white—gray is becoming the go-to color for exterior trim. Try mixing a deep charcoal gray with blues and blacks for a modern look.

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Simple Baseboards

When it comes to trim along the baseboard, it’s still best to keep it simple. A modest, white baseboard is a timeless floor trim idea. Most baseboards are 3 to 5 inches high and white or ivory is still the go-to painted trim color for most homes.

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Try Cove

If you’re looking to update your living or dining room, try cove trim and then add some lighting. Cove trim is placed where the ceiling meets the wall and comes in a variety of styles.

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Go Bold

When it comes to exterior trim, think bold if you’re planning a color update. Instead of white trim, try black or even a dark stained trim for a Prairie-style aesthetic.

Rachel Brougham
Rachel Brougham lived through a major home renovation in 2019, knows the ups and downs of home improvement, and loves sharing tips with readers. A veteran journalist of both print and television, she’s won several awards for her writing and has covered everything from the environment and education to health care, politics and food. She’s written for several publications beyond newspapers including Bob Vila, Taste of Home and Minnesota Parent, and she currently writes a weekly syndicated newspaper column. Her memoir, Widowland, about the sudden loss of her husband, was published in 2022. She specializes in everything from home decor and design to lawn and garden, product reviews and pet care. When she’s not writing, you can usually find her tending to her garden (both vegetables and native plants), playing with her dog, watching sports with her family or getting some exercise. A native of Michigan, she currently lives in Minneapolis. An avid user of Instagram, you can follow her @RachBrougham.