There’s nothing wrong with following tradition, but if you choose to break these painting “rules” we promise the paint police will not knock on your door and issue a citation. Maybe coloring outside the lines is just what your room needs.

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1.  Trim should always be white.

Not necessarily. Sure, white trim provides a nice, crisp edge—but what if that’s not what you want? Painting your trim a color can highlight architectural features (like the built-ins in the image above).

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2.  Ceilings should always be white.

Nope. Painting the ceiling of a tall room a darker color than the walls—like charcoal or black—can add drama. Or try white walls with a brightly colored ceiling to show your playful side.

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3.  You can’t paint walls and trim and ceiling the same color.

Says who? If you want something else to take center stage, matching your walls, trim, and built-ins will provide an even color palette that makes a perfect background for your favorite painting or snazzy sofa.

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4.  Small rooms should be painted white or light colors.

Not really. Dark colors create a perception of depth as the walls appear to recede, which actually may make a small room bigger. Plus, if you’ve fallen in love with a wild, dark color  it might be better limited to a small space than taking over a big part of your house.

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5.  Open-plan spaces should have the same color walls throughout.

They can, but they don’t have to. Just make sure the colors play well together and steer clear of more than one color on a continuous wall to avoid a choppy look.

Whether you decide to break the rules or paint by the book, here’s one thing you should always consider: Hire a professional to do the painting. We will do the prep, painting and cleanup and you’ll love the results. Request a consultation today.

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