Decorating & Furniture/Trim Color

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I have a small bathroom. We have recently in installed a dark floor tile. The tile is multi-colored with hints of rust, tan and green in a dark grey base. It looks like some type of oxidized surface. I found a shower curtain that picks up the green and tan colors in the tile. Most of the bathroom walls(up to 5 feet) are covered in an almond colored tile. I am planning on painting the limited wall space a tan color over-painted with an iridescent golden-brown glaze to match the color in the shower curtain. Should I paint the doors and trim(fairly wide, it's an old house) almond color to match the tile or can I paint the doors and trim with a green (not iridescent) semi-gloss paint that picks up the color in both the tile and shower curtain? The tan and the green will be of equal tone, neither darker or lighter, simply a different color. I know that generally you paint trim lighter than the wall color or in similar shades. Does it ever work using contrasting colors?

Thank you,

Denise Arneson

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The simple answer is that "most" trims and door facings are left white or off-white like the rest of the rooms.  You can certainly paint or stain to your heart's content because it's your space.  If you use a contrast color, it should be lighter not darker, but it sounds as though you prefer matching to contrasting from your selections.  

Dark trim boxes in a space, and your eye goes to that.  That's why houses with dark trim around windows/shutters etc. look odd.

So - if you opt to paint the trim - paint it lighter.

Regards,
Jenny

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