It has become the standard for painting joinery and woodwork in our interiors. Though pushed to easily repair or cover years of use, lighten or update, the variation and movement of wood grain and growth has been concealed and homogenized with gallons of material. Dozens of hardwood floors were taken beyond the blade.
Simple Home Simple Life suggests giving it a second thought rather than another coat. According to the lifestyle design blog, the warm, organic element of wood helps create a relaxing home. He notes that while in some cases painting wooden casings can offer a solution – for example when dark moldings appear heavy, visually lowering the height of the ceiling – it is not necessary to paint every inch of it.
Kylie M. Interiors, meanwhile, says some hues neutralize wood details, helping them appear more subdued — but recommends these colors for walls, not wood: a light hand drawing with a brush and roller . Just as the orange of wood trim can be camouflaged with the right paint color, its beauty and shine can also be enhanced with complementary paint.
It’s a natural in a craftsman, brownstone, mid-century modern or farmhouse home; interiors look beautiful in hues that pair perfectly with waxed or stained wood, such as dark green, indigo, and ivory. Considered dated and dark until recently, when the market favored airy layouts and light neutrals, natural wood paneling is once again being rewarded for its depth and character. We’ve selected 15 paint shades to perfectly support and celebrate what it has to offer.
1. Midnight Navy
The almost black navy paired with warm wood is reminiscent of woolen suits and leather Oxfords – it doesn’t get more classic. Bright cabinets and countertops balance out the deep color of the wall near the entry, and an ocher-yellow bucket chair keeps things from feeling too serious.
The soft ivory contrasts with the darker wood trim, but the yellow undertones of the two tie them together. Choosing a light yet warm neutral honors the Craftsman style while allowing for a brighter interior. Plus, it’s a welcoming backdrop for colorful fabrics, art, and tile – a common feature in craftsman homes or painted cabinetry, as seen in the adjoining kitchen above.
3. Dark teal
Teal is a mix of blue and green, colors that bring out the warmth of orange or red flecks due to their opposite location on the color wheel. Deepened by a bit of black, dark teal is regal and a bit mysterious.
4. Ice Blue
A powdery blue like crushed ice is warmed by a rich mahogany finish. The color is both timeless and modern. When combined with seagrass and shades of beige, the space is reminiscent of the seaside; to keep it sophisticated, focus on soothing elements instead of going for a beach theme.
According to home services site Angi, medium greens are a harmonious option to pair with wood due to their associations with vegetation and the natural world, while bolder shades provide a nice strong pop of color. The Renovation Husbands chose Benjamin Moore Colonial Verdigris to complement the wainscoting in the living room of their Victorian home.
6. Cool White
The white contrasts with the darker windows and door frames, accentuating the graphic character of their shapes and contours. Layer fresh paint color with tonal whites, beiges and grays in accessories and fabrics; combined with natural wood trim, it creates a cozy and textured space.
7. Slate Blue
The gray slate blue is a perfect complement to the strong and warm wooden details. It can be self-sufficient without competing, while highlighting the richness of the dressing. Perhaps due to its natural stone-like color, it works well in crafted, rustic, and mid-century modern spaces.
8. Warm White
The Gold Hive says they like to experience the strong coffering and thick baseboards in their historic home, and further explains that the wood found in older constructions is not like what is used today. A white wall brings out the warmth of the wood trim while showing off the big details.
9. Dark Turquoise
A dark blue-green can look moody and luxurious; it is reminiscent of turquoise stones and the ocean. Here, it’s quiet enough to be grounded and earthy, tying the walls together with wood and brick tones.
The shades of blush and pink look beautifully harmonious with the woodwork, as their shades are very similar. In this lovely bathroom, the blush walls are a lighter value of the wood stain, creating a seamless palette. The white tile breaks the color story, which could have looked extremely warm. A sunset bath? I don’t mind if we do.
11. Deep Green
Benjamin Moore’s Deep Narragansett Green looks almost black in particular lighting but retains its depth of color, contributing drama and warmth. Dark undertones can obscure detail, but conversely, wood mantel emphasizes rosettes and fluting – walls are a better place for dark paint treatment. How inviting is this living room situation?
12. Yellow green
Yellow-greens have a vital and organic energy. They pair well with wood, but clash a bit, in a good way – like a raging garden. An art gallery and windows cover much of the walls, helping to tone down the strength of the bold color.
13. Putty Gray
Try soft gray for a slightly neutral option that, while timeless, gives more interest than ivory. Reminiscent of plaster walls, the color complements everything and creates a cool silence in the room. Here, the dark molding adds character and an assertive visual component that serves the design well.
14. Robin’s Egg Blue
In the kitchen above, an updated retro take is done with robin’s egg blue cabinets and glossy white subway tiles. Moldings and wooden shelves give the room an attractive, rustic and warm element; imagine them white and you will see what we mean.
Black is both bold and classic. The ink base makes colors pop, white zing and rich neutrals. Plus, it adds an instant comfort factor. Test the swatches first and opt for a selection with deep undertones.
Prime: Wallpaper offers color and tonal variations for walls, much like wood does for woodwork; combining them in one space creates a room brimming with layers and understated opulence. The Washington Post suggests a pattern with a light background to keep things sharp. For an atmospheric or vintage vibe, opt for a medium to dark paper.