Painting Inside The Box

I've been enjoying seeing rooms that break the standard painting rule of light to white moldings complementing colored walls.  Painting inside the box puts the accent on  the windows,  moldings and doorways.  This is especially good if you don't want to commit to an actual color or if you prefer your walls bare.  The painted moldings become your art.

In the above photo the moldings and the doors were painted  black to accentuate the woodwork, lending drama and depth to the space.

For a recent project Cocoon Home Design painted a young boy's bedroom moldings and door in Benjamin Moore's Old Blue Jeans to give the space a subtle, yet playful sense of color.

In this case the doors are painted high gloss black while the surrounding moldings are white.  I love how these two doors give the room balance.  Notice that since there's nothing on the walls, the high gloss doors are the focal point in this space.

This kitchen is light in color but the effect is the same.  Detailing the doorways, cabinets and windows makes the space visually interesting without overdoing it.

Why not try something new next time you paint?