Designers are always trying to find creative ways to work with color in a space. And one of those creative trends is going for colored interior trim and molding. We don’t normally give too much notice to trim. It’s usually a purely utilitarian element in the room used to hide gaps around doors, windows and flooring. Most of the time, trim and molding match the door or flooring they surround.

But many designers are using molding as a way to bring color, contrast and style into the space. So take a look below for some creative ways to use colored interior trim and molding.

If you want your molding to stand out, try a bold red-stained wood style. Image: alabn/Shutterstock

Go for Bold Color

One of the most fun changes this trend has delivered is brightly colored interior trim and molding. You can see an example in the photo above, where the wood molding is so red it stands out as its own accent color. In order to add balance to the space, that red color is used in the area carpet in the hallway.

Bold molding and trim are great ways to work with an accent color in a space. This idea is also a good style for fun, artsy spaces that are going for a taste of the unconventional. You can find a colored wood or paint the trim itself.

As shown in the photo above, bold molding works very well in a space where there’s an overall neutral color tone. That way, the eye goes right to the molding.

You can keep a more muted style by working with matching colors. Image: YKvision/Shutterstock

Try a Monochrome Style in Colored Interior Trim and Molding

If you’re not quite ready for boldly colored interior trim and molding, then you can still get this style by working with color shading. The photo above shows how the darker green molding creates some subtle contrast against the lighter green walls.

You could work with any shade for this idea. You might have different shades of red, blue or even yellow for a bold space. If you wanted something more subtle, you could go for a light brown trim next to a darker brown wall. The beauty with this monochrome look is that it tends to work in any space.

A general sense of contrast defines this style that centers around the Harlan Grand Electric Fireplace. Image: Wayfair

Use Contrast

You might want to consider going for bold contrast in your colored interior trim and molding. In the photo above, the bright white edge on the mantel sticks out against the muted blue-gray of the walls. The fireplace above is actually an electric fireplace from Wayfair with a white design. It’s easy to place and makes it look like you put in some difficult-to-install molding around the fireplace. You can also notice how the trim on the bottom of the wall matches the fireplace well.

You can use the idea of high color contrast in many different ways. For example, you could try an electric green molding with blue walls. This idea would be good for funky, artistic spaces. Feel free to get creative.

Don’t forget, certain wood shades can impart their own sense of contrast. Image: Artazum/Shutterstock

Work with High-Contrast Wood Shades

Another idea is to find molding in darker wood shades and work with its natural wood coloring. An example is the trim in the photo above. The rich brown shade is highlighted against the white walls. It creates a wonderful contrast, which is usually what this look is all about.

Wood comes in so many different shades and textures that you can find a shade that works with virtually any style you want. For instance, you could have darker walls with bright tan shades of wood molding if you wanted a more high-contrast and stately look. Or you could go for a more natural look by installing a medium-brown shade of wood molding next to a light tan wall.