If not, you should (but neither do I).
This question came up recently when asked during one of my online consultations. My client wanted to know what color I would suggest for a trim color. Her walls were going to be painted BM Monroe Bisque:
My first thoughts went to Cloud White and White Dove, which are two of my popular go-to trim colors. Although when I compared them with the Munroe Bisque (that has yellow undertones), I noticed they just were not working great together. Then I pulled out an off white color named Mascarpone (with yellow undertones) from my paint samples and they looked beautiful as a pair.
Benjamin Moore Mascarpone AF-20
I want you to be as aware of the undertones in your trim as you would be with your wall color. For example, although Ben Moore Mascarpone is a beautiful trim color, because of its yellow undertones, this color will not work well with all wall colors.
I promise that I am not trying to confuse you!! I want you to be conscious that the off white trim colors also have undertones and to remind you to use the same technique and your knowledge about not mixing different undertones together.
I think keeping the trim color AND the wall color should have the same undertones for a cohesive look. Such as keeping your yellow undertone trim with your yellow undertone wall color.
This room below looks great and the wall color and trim are working together:
Walls: Quiet Moments and trim: White Dove pinterest
Both colors have blue undertones. Do you see what I mean? Just carry what you know about undertones and use the same ideas to work with the wall colors.
So next time you are selecting an off white trim color, remember to check the undertone (yellow, blue/green or red/pink) against your wall color to see if the undertones are playing nice together.
Comments? Do you test your trim color? Have you used the color Mascarpone? As a trim or wall color?
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