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The best white trim paint for doors, windows, and baseboards

I get a lot of questions about white trim paint! In honor of finishing my entryway, I will be answering some of the frequently asked paint questions! I’ll share what’s best for white trim paint, doors, and baseboards, along with my favorite white paint color. I’ve got a bunch of questions to answer, so let’s get into it. My entryway is still in the works but I can not wait to share the reveal with you!

What is the best white paint for trim?

There are so many white paints out there! It can be hard to figure out which ones to use, but I compiled a list of the most popular ones used for a trim! Benjamin Moore and Sherwin Williams usually have the same amount of quality, it mostly depends on your preference!

hyperlinked the list so each name leads to the sample of each color. It ranges from warmer toned to cooler-toned, to being super reflective! 

Is there a standard white trim paint?

No, there really isn’t a simple answer to what white paint to use, unfortunately. They all are slightly different, and it’s important to find the right warm or cool-toned color that compliments the colors of your home! My personal favorite white trim paint is Benjamin Moore’s Simply White. It’s a slightly warmer color that I really like in my home! 

Photo credit Ace Hardware

What is the best paint for trim and doors?

There rarely is paint labeled specifically for trim, as it is usually labeled under interior paint. There is not specific trim paint, but there are qualities of paint to keep in mind! The best kinds of trim paint and doors have gloss, are not as prone to brush strokes, and doesn’t yellow. 

A glossier paint like a gloss of satin, semi-gloss, or high gloss has higher durability. Trim is prone to collecting more dust, dirt, and scuff marks. The paint needs to withstand the inevitable dirtiness, and the deep cleaning we have to do every once in a while. A good trim paint also doesn’t show a lot of brush marks and is made to resist yellowing what happens over time.  

What is the best Sherwin Williams white for trim?

If are one to prefer Sherwin Williams for your trim paint, you were probably disappointed that there were only two Sherwin Williams paints on the list above! Sherwin Williams does have some very good white trim paint available. The most popular ones are…

I added hyperlinks to all of the color samples again. It can be harder to really have an idea of what each paint looks like on a computer screen, but it will at least give you an idea of what they look like! Hopefully, it will give you a better idea of what you’re looking for and the samples at the paint store won’t be so overwhelming! 

What kind of paint do you use on white baseboards?

Treat your baseboards the same way you would your trim! They can also carry dust and dirt and need cleaning! A semi-gloss or high-gloss would be the best choice because it is easier to wash! 

Should you paint walls and trim the same white?

This one is really up to you! There is really a lot of freedom when it comes to painting your trim white! If you want your trim to stand out, you can add some contrast by making it a different color from your wall. Or If you want the trim to blend in, make it all the same color! If you choose to make it the same color, it could help give the illusion of height to your walls! It also helps bring cohesiveness throughout the room if that is what you are looking for. 

Photo credit Ace Hardware

Do doors and trim have to match?

Your doors and trim can match, but they don’t have to! If you choose to make your door a different color from the trim, it creates some contrast and gives a modern look. Though, if you’d rather have a minimalistic look, making the trim and doors the same color will make everything blend and make it look more cohesive. 

Can you mix white and wood trim?

Just as doors and trim don’t have to be the same color, neither does the trim throughout the entire house. A wood and white trim mix can be a really nice look in your home! The biggest thing to keep in mind is to be methodical about it. 

Plan beforehand which trim to keep stained wood, and which ones to paint. You should also stay consistent with each room. If you paint the trim white in one room, you don’t have to paint it in a separate room, though if you paint the windows of the room, each window trim should be painted. Or paint all the crown moulding white and keep the window trim wood… or vise vera!

Photo credit: Followtheyellowbrickhome

Should all the trim in a house match?

The trim in your house does not have to be the same throughout the whole house. Each room has its own design, and you can adapt the color of the trim depending on what looks best! 

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Should baseboards match door trim color?

This one is also up to you! Your baseboards can match your door trim color, or you can switch it up! If you make them the same color, it would bring a more traditional look, with consistency. But there really are no hard and fast rules. Making them different colors will add some contrast and bring a modern look to your home!. 

Is white trim going out of style?

I think white trim is here to stay! It gives a clean look to any home and brightens up the room. It gained a lot of popularity because of it and naturally, people have started to put their own spin on things. There has been growing popularity towards gray trim as well, but it’s not taking away any attention to white trim!

Photo credit: Roomsforrent

What paint sheen should trim paint be?

The best paint sheen would be semi-gloss or any other type of higher gloss paint for white trim. It has high durability and is easy to clean! Unfortunately, the higher gloss paints usually reflect more imperfections on the surface.  Any cracks or uneven patches may show up more with semi-gloss paint, but it is still the best route to take for painting your white trim and adding a new look to your home! 

That’s it for now! I can’t wait to share my entryway reveal!

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Thanks so much for reading along,

Much Love,

Kori ~From the Farmhouse life

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