What Color Walls Go With Dark Wood Trim

If you have recently moved into a home that was built before the 1980s, then there is a really good chance that it has a dark wood trim. 

While it might not fit with the modern look that you were going for, there are ways to embrace this wonderfully vintage-esque design. Don’t you know it is cool to be a little throwback these days?

What Color Walls Go With Dark Wood Trim

If you were wondering about painting the darm trim to a lighter color – then hold off! Once you paint it, there is no easy way to get the beautiful dark wood trim back. You have got to admit, it gives the home a particular kind of charm. 

So, before you start searching for paints that are suitable to use on a wood trim, why not take a look at some of the best color walls that go with dark wood trim. We have chosen some great options for you. 

What Are the Positives Of Having A Dark Wood Trim?

You will find that having a dark wood trim in the home gives the overall look some character. It is easy to have a white painted interior and fill it with pops of color using furniture and items, but leaving the trim dark adds its own element of fun.

It can also make the rooms feel extra cozy. While it may be summer for you now, think about what it will look like over the festive season. It looks great, right? If it is winter, then how does it feel for you right now?

A dark wood trim also has a classic overall look. While you might think it appears dated, it will not be the same kind of dated if you paint it a bright color

Lastly, adding a lighter color to the dark wood trim will add some serious drama to the room. It will cause the trim to pop, yet still look like it fits in with the design of the room. It is an easy way to add some oomph to a place without really trying. 

Light Gray

We thought we would begin by going a little out there. While gray might not be your first choice for teaming with dark colored wood – listen up – because you will be on board soon enough.

Gray is a little cozier to use than a more beige and neutral color. While it might not be your first choice, it is worth considering. This is because it keeps the dark to light balance, but adds a more modern touch to the home.

Something like Prestige paint HC-172BM-PCM is a great choice. It gives you a gray on the lighter end of the spectrum, but still lets the dark wood be the statement piece of a room. 

Light Beige

Light beige walls are often a go-to when it comes to interior walls. It is one of the warmest and lightest neutral colors that you will find for the home. 

However, there are a number of different beiges to choose from that will be suitable to use alongside the dark wood trim. 

While you can get a more neutral toned beige, there are many that look like they are closer to the color gray, and then there are beiges with a golden overtone.

Each type of beige will have a slightly different feel, however, all of them feel warm and inviting. They will also work well alongside wooden furniture, both light and dark. 

The Prestige in color SW6141-PCM is a middle ground beige color. It is neither too orange or too gray, and works perfectly with any type of colored wood. 


Not quite white, but not quite gray. Off-white is a good allround color that appears more on the gray side than the white side. 

It has a calming effect that is pleasant to all tastes. This makes it ideal for hallways and lounges, as it is very welcoming as soon as you walk through the front door.

While gray may be a little too harsh for some and white too light, off-white is a really good in-between and works perfectly alongside a dark wood trim. 

The RECOLOR in Dove gives the perfect results in off-white.


If you want two colors that contrast to cause a wow factor, then white has got to be the best choice. However, it may feel a little cold and perhaps a little too contrasting for some tastes.

Even so, it can add a simple and clean look to the wood, and you never know, you might want to paint over the white walls with a different color in the future. 

Backdrop does a fantastic premium white paint in Cool Moon which does not feel like you are just painting a primer onto the walls.


Pewter is a color that is similar to an off-white but which has a deeper gray undertone. It is usually paired with white colored trim, however, it looks wonderful with a dark trim too. 

It is less in-your-face than an all out gray paint – even light gray – and it works great with deep dark wood trim. 

It lets the colors contrast but keeps that warm feeling that you will want. RECOLOR do a great pewter that looks modern yet classic with other neutral colors. 

Natural Tan

Not quite a beige, natural tan is similar to the crayon you would use to color a person’s skin. Perhaps that is why it is called ‘natural tan’?

It is a creamy and warm color that gives the wall plenty of character. While it is usually put with a white trim, it can work great when painted alongside a dark wood trim. 

Montage Signature has an eco-friendly paint in just the right color to team up with dark wood trim.

Final Thoughts

You don’t need to paint over a dark wood trim. There are many colors that can help to balance out the dark tone of the wood.

Happy painting!

Joel Adams
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