A Single-Hue Haven: Painting Walls, Doors & Trim the Same Color

You may have seen this eye-catching trend sneak its way onto your Pinterest feed a time or two, but it’s making the rounds now more than ever. A space that’s dipped head-to-toe in a single color feels like it’s dripping in charm. Why can’t we get enough of this all-in look? We’re here to count the monochromatic ways.

A room where the doors, walls and trim are painted in the same color
Featured Color: Distance SW 6243 (Walls, Door & Trim) 

Blankets the Room in A Hue You Love

There’s always room in our homes for the things that make us happy. Whether it’s a cleansing blue or comforting charcoal, using the hue you love to paint walls, doors and trim in the same color is an easy way to blanket your space with positive energy. When you fill your home with the things that speak to you, it creates a confident space that reflects you. 

If you’re worried about the single-color look feeling too flush, creating a multi-sheen finish can add more depth that differentiates between areas. A flat finish is perfect for walls, but when it comes to the other details, you’ll want to add more dimension. Use a satin finish for trim and a gloss finish for doors.

Makes Your Space Look Bigger

Elevated style starts with drawing the eye up. When your trim blends with the wall, you’re keeping it free from contrast or secondary colors, creating the illusion that your space could continue forever. If you already have a room with high ceilings, painting everything in one color will create an even loftier look. If your ceilings are lower, to begin with, this painting trick is great for visually lengthening your space.

Shines a Spotlight on Decor

When everything is blending in, what’s standing out? A single-color interior keeps your space fresh by shining a visual spotlight on the decor and furnishings. As walls and molding blend into the background, it creates a colorful backdrop for artwork and plants to stand out. If you want to bring the wall’s color into the room, choose decorative items featuring the same hue.

Makes Painting Millwork Easier

If your room features lots of millwork like crown molding and chair rails, you might have already asked yourself what color you should paint them. If you’re thinking of trying the one-color trend, painting millwork the same hue as the walls eliminates any guesswork while adding some Victorian-inspired charm.

Thinking of painting walls, doors and trim in the same hue? Whether your color style is boldly beautiful or subtly stated, our easy-to-follow tutorial can help transform your room into the monochromatic space you’ve been dreaming of. 

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21 Comments

  1. When saturating a room with the same color do you also paint the ceiling the same color or go with traditional white?

    • Hello there, ceilings are often referred to as the “fifth wall” for a good reason. Putting color on the ceiling can call attention to the vertical height in your room and create a cohesive palette. What color are you putting on the walls? Let us know when you get a minute. Thank you.

      Sherwin-Williams
  2. Hi,

    I am repainting my living room, dining room and hallway walls The door and trim are painted SW Pure White. I want the wall colors to be in the white color family but have different shades for the walls. I have looked at alabaster, snowbound, choice cream, vanillan, and gorgeous white. The alabaster or the snowbound might be the choice for my accent wall which will have shiplap. I am leaning toward Gorgeous White or Cream Choice. I want a warm, soft look to all the rooms which will be painted the same one color. Which white colors would you recommend to contrast the SW Pure White? All my rooms have limited natural light so as long as there is some contrast to Pure White, I am looking for something relatively light in color.

    Thank you for your help.

    Pamela J Quinn
    • Hello Pamela, take a look at the following whites. Any of these would be a great complement to Pure White SW 7005. Check out:
      Futon SW 7101
      Pearly White SW 7009
      Natural Choice SW 7011

      Sherwin-Williams
  3. Hi, can I use high gloss paint to achieve a similar effect as a lacquer wall? Was thinking of painting wall trim and ceiling all on high gloss but not sure it works?

    • Hi Caryn, You can paint ceilings and trim with high gloss paint, but it will not look like lacquer. Lacquer is made up quick drying solvents that dry very quickly to a hard shine – like a baby grand piano. High gloss paint takes longer to dry and will not harden like lacquer. You will still get reflection and shine from a high gloss paint but not the crisp look of lacquer. Keep in mind that the higher the sheen, the more any imperfections on your surface will become noticeable. Please let us know if you have any other questions regarding your project.

      Sherwin-Williams
  4. I live in Florida and am having a professional paint my walls and trim outside in my lanai. I thought it would be a good idea to wash the walls before painting as we have lived here 4 years and the lanai does get dusty/dirty. The painter said this was not necessary???

    • Hi Teena! We typically recommend using a paint scraper, wire brush, sandpaper or power washer to remove all surface contamination, such as oil, grease, loose paint, dirt, foreign matter, rust, mold, mildew or mortar efflorescence before painting.

      Sherwin-Williams
  5. Hi!
    I am looking for a neutral to cool white or greige as the base color for the first floor of my house. The trim will all be pure white and the floors are a stained red oak. I am trying to stay away from yellow and to move away from the brown-beige family. I am looking for something similar to BM’s “China White.” I had thought that City Loft would be a good fit, but it’s too blue. It will be great in the basement, but not on the main floor. We have a lot of art to display on the walls, and the living room furniture is dirty white linen and red. The dining room will be Cyberspace. I guess I am looking for a “cafe au lait” color that does with everything but doesn’t hew too yellow. Thank you!

    • Hi Carole, take a look at these very light but warm colors. They are very similar to BM’s China White. Check out:
      Zurich White SW 7626
      Taupe of the Morning SW 9590
      Grey Mist SW 9625

      Sherwin-Williams
  6. I watched the video above and was wondering if it was necessary to sand doors and trim before painting? She didn’t in the video but I thought I probably should.

  7. I prefer mounding to match the walls. I want to paint a room in a dark shade similar to the video. But won’t the moulding if painted in satin or semigloss read darker than the walls? If so, is there a formula to adjust the trim paint?

    • Hi Peg! Using the same color on your trim and walls is a popular and fantastic look. The colors will read the same. The slight variation between your semi-gloss or satin trim will help the trim pop without seeming like you tried to match the walls and failed.

      Sherwin-Williams
  8. Hello, we are wanting to paint our first floor with alabaster or a similar white. We would like to also paint the trim and wainscotting white, what color would you recommend? if we use satin on the walls would you recommend semi-gloss on the trim and woodwork?

    Thank you!

    AnnaLynn Williams
    • Hello! Yes, you are correct, paint your trim a crisp white like Extra White SW 7006 in a semi-gloss sheen. On the walls you would want to use a satin sheen and Alabaster SW 7008 or something a little darker like Futon SW 7010 would look great.

      Sherwin-Williams
  9. I am painting my open concept living room, dining area, kitchen and retreat Grassland. What would be a great color to paint the adjacent open, north facing dining room? I would also paint four bedrooms the same color.

    • Hello Cindy, Grassland SW 6163 is a subtle gray-green and lends itself to many color families. Would you like to stay in the same family for your dining room or are you more interested in a warm neutral. Let us know when you get a minute.

      Sherwin-Williams
  10. I want to save time to paint wall, ceiling, frame, trim, doors the same white color. Is it ok to use the same bucket paint (same finish)? Thanks

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